Christopher J. Patrick, PhD

Aquatic Ecologist 

I'm pleased to announced that I'll be starting a Tenure Track Faculty Position at Texas AM University, Corpus Christ in January of 2016.  Until then my affiliations are:

AAAS S&T Fellow
hosted by
EPA Office of Water/OST/HECD
Ecological & Health Processes Branch


Research Associate
hosted by
Ecological Modeling Lab
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
PO Box 28, 647 Contees Wharf Rd.
Edgewater MD 21037

Welcome to my Research Page! 

I'm an aquatic community ecologist with an interest in spatial processes.  I'm interested in how communities assemble, the dynamics of meta-communities, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning at local and regional scales of study.

I have experience working with collaborators in ecosystems ranging from marine to estuaries to lakes, streams, and wetlands.  My two study systems where I address the majority of my questions are streams and the Chesapeake Bay estuary.  

Spatial analyses and statistical modeling play a big role in my research approach.  I also employ field work as well as experiments in the lab and field to address my questions.

Check out the navigation links at left to learn more about my past and ongoing projects.