Welcome to my research page: 

I'm an aquatic community ecologist with an interest in spatial processes.  Topics of particular interest are understanding 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 estuaries.  
Spatial analyses and statistical modeling play a big role in my research approach.  I also employ field surveys 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.



Christopher J. Patrick, PhD

Aquatic Ecologist 

I'm pleased to announce

that I'll be starting a

Tenure Track Faculty 

Position at Texas AM 

University, Corpus Christi 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