Ph.D candidate in Biological Sciences
As a Ph.D. candidate in Notre Dame’s Department of Biological Sciences, Patrick Shirey studies stream and river ecology, restoration ecology, and natural resources policy.
A lawyer as well as a scientist, Patrick came to Notre Dame because of the unique opportunities the Global Linkages of Biology, the Environment, and Society (GLOBES) program provides to address real-world environmental problems. “The program is a perfect fit for my interests and career goals—enabling me to research the relationship between science and law for the management of natural resources.”
At Notre Dame, Patrick is a member of Prof. Gary Lamberti’s Stream Ecology Laboratory. A recent research topic was the Internet trade of endangered species. In April 2010, Patrick traveled to Washington, D.C, to participate in the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day as one of three ESA Graduate Student Policy Award winners. “My training through policy and communications workshops sponsored by GLOBES allowed me to take advantage of the opportunity to interact with policymakers on Capitol Hill.”
Patrick adds: “In my three years at Notre Dame, I have attended four national meetings, given three invited presentations, and supervised five undergraduate students conducting research supported by GLOBES and the College of Science. Notre Dame has provided me the opportunity to use my interdisciplinary perspective to help bridge the gap between scientists and policymakers.”