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Patrick Tobin

Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems
Research Entomologist
180 Canfield St.
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-285-1514
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Current Research

I am a population ecologist with specific training and experience in quantitative biology, theoretical ecology, and the analysis of spatial data. My primary research interest is the study of ecological, biological, and meteorological factors that influence the abundance of populations over spatial and temporal scales, with particular attention to the gypsy moth and other nonindigenous species in forest ecosystems.

Why This Research is Important

Invasions by nonindigenous species impose considerable economic and ecological threats to forest ecosystems in the United States. My research seeks to understand the population dynamics and spatiotemporal ecology of biological invasions, and this information is used to formulate appropriate and feasible management strategies.


  • Penn State University, University Park, PA, Ph.D. Entomology with minors in Statistics and Operations Research, 2002
  • Penn State University, University Park, PA., M.S. Entomology, 1997
  • University of Georgia, Athens, GA., B.S. Environmental Health Sciences, 1991

Professional Organizations

  • Environmental Entomology, Editor
  • Gypsy Moth Slow-the-Spread Project Technical Committee, Chair
  • National Gypsy Moth Management Board, Research Representative
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Entomological Society of America

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Last updated on : 09/14/2014