Pat McLaughlin

Education: Drexel University, Ph.D., Environmental Science St. Lawrence University, B.S., Biology & Environmental Studies

Patrick is a conservation biologist with over 15 years of experience as a researcher, field biologist, and educator. As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence he received grants allowing him to pursue research in the Bahamas, where he studied recruitment in juvenile fish populations. As a senior, Patrick studied at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, focusing on conservation and development in East Africa. This experience would lead him back to Africa in 2009 as a PhD student in environmental science at Drexel University, studying amphibians and primates in Equatorial Guinea. Across his career he has worked as a fisheries biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Vermont, a marine ecology instructor in the Florida Keys, a guide and naturalist in Yellowstone National Park, an environmental education program director for the Grand Teton Lodge Company, and as an expedition leader/professor for Drexel University’s Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program. After graduating from Drexel in 2015, Patrick worked as a field specialist on a project to reintroduce captive-born pandas into the wild with the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in China, and most recently as a post-doc with the Bristol Zoological Society leading a camera-trap monitoring program focused on gorillas and chimpanzees in Equatorial Guinea. Patrick has led Putney Student Travel and National Geographic programs in Australia, Bar Harbor Maine, Yellowstone and Montana, New Zealand, Tanzania, Namibia, the Pacific Northwest, Belize, Bali, Iceland, Costa Rica, and Alaska.