Patrick Shirey

Patrick Shirey
Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Patrick Shirey is a Postdoctoral Associate working with Daniel Bain and Anthony Iannacchione on bituminous coal mine subsidence impacts. Patrick is as certified ecologist (Ecological Society of America) and certified fisheries professional (American Fisheries Society). Patrick conducts multidisciplinary research using techniques from his terminal degrees in ecology and law. He has over 30 public speaking engagements (16 invited) since 2009. Patrick has published 13 peer-reviewed manuscripts including an invited comment in Nature, and publications in Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society, Ecohydrology, the Journal of Paleolimnology, Fisheries, and others. His recently published research topics include urban stream restoration, endangered species conservation policy, environmental DNA, and science communication. Patrick has won national research and policy awards including a George Melendez Wright Climate Change Research Fellowship from the National Park Service and was 1 of 35 early career aquatic scientists selected to participate in an NSF-funded symposium hosted by the University of Hawaii – 2014 Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences (Eco-DAS). He has been a recorded radio guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, a live radio guest on WOJB (Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation) to discuss brook trout conservation, and live radio guest answering listener questions on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss the illegal trade of endangered plants.


Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261


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