dr. PatRick keys


Dr. Patrick (Pat) Keys is a Research Scientist for SoGES. His research is focused on a broad range of global sustainability challenges, including climate change impacts, cross-scale risks, and social-ecological tele-connections. He has developed innovative modeling tools for examining terrestrial moisture recycling, aimed at leveraging geophysical insights for resource management and how humans interact with the atmospheric water cycle. He also works to understand how Futures methods can be used to qualitatively and quantitatively discern a sustainable path forward for society. .

Prior to joining SoGES, Pat founded an environmental consultancy that worked with local and international partners. In collaboration with different partners, he explored food security in the UAE, the link between drought and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa, and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Fort Collins. He has also conducted fieldwork in Alaska (fish biology), Wyoming (burrowing owl behavioral ecology), American Samoa (indigenous perspectives on conservation), Morocco (agricultural water policy), Suriname (small-scale water supply), and Vietnam (climate change impacts).


  • PhD in Sustainability Science - 2016 - Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

  • MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering - 2010 - University of Washington, Seattle, USA

  • BA in Biology - 2005 - Willamette University, Salem, USA

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