Christopher Patrick, Assistant Professor of Marine Science, received his Ph.D. from Notre Dame. He most recently was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. The central themes of Professor Patrick’s research are understanding two sets of processes: 1) those that control the assembly and maintenance of biological communities across space and time; and 2) those by which ecological communities deliver and maintain ecosystem functions and services. These are broad-linked themes that require integration across multiple sub-disciplines of ecological science including community ecology, landscape ecology, population genetics, ecosystem ecology, data mining and statistical modeling. Ultimately his goal is to advance our basic theoretical understanding of how coastal and aquatic systems work and devise management recommendations based on those advances. To address these goals, he works in two study systems, seagrass meadows and coastal-plain rivers.