Christopher J. Patrick, PhD
Christopher J. Patrick, Ph.D.
Director, MarineGEO Texas
Department of Life Sciences
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Chris Patrick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. Dr. Patrick’s research program spans multiple spatial and organization scales in aquatic systems to understand how local and regional processes interact to drive patterns in biodiversity, and to understand the impacts of biodiversity change on ecosystem processes. His research group primarily works in shallow estuarine ecosystems and coastal streams.
The Patrick Lab brings together field observations, manipulative experiments, geospatial analysis, data mining, and statistical modeling to address applied and theoretical questions. Current projects include understanding how long-term climate conditions constrain community responses to extreme events, investigating how spatial and temporal variation in nutrient loading and human land-use impacts submerged aquatic vegetation, and investigating the role of β-diversity and functional diversity in driving ecosystem stability across spatial scales.