Pat manages NPCA’s wildlife connectivity programs in the Northern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem alongside the Yellowstone Field Office team to drive the cultural change that ensures these vibrant systems remain robust and resilient in the face of a changing climate.

Her program work focuses on wildlife friendly fencing practices to restore migration corridors and wildlife accommodations on roadways to reduce wildlife-vehicle-collisions and support annual and seasonal movement for Yellowstone National Park’s wildlife populations.

When Pat is not at work, you will likely find her outside skiing, mountain biking, running or otherwise photosynthesizing with friends in her community. She is also a dancer, who loves to connect with people in her town or when traveling by attending salsa, bachata and kizomba socials. Pat’s background is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is in the process of publishing a study on the spatial distribution of prairie dog burrows in a scientific journal. Her research also has focused on inbreeding depression in the Devils Hole Pupfish and vegetation management in the Harvard Forest. Prior to the National Parks Conservation Association, Pat worked as a Program Coordinator for Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance (TERA) a non-profit focused on indigenous led stewardship including restoration of culturally important plants and prescribed fire practices. She also worked as a sawyer, using chainsaws to help thin overgrown forests in the West to support healthy ecosystems and reduce wildlife risk. At NPCA Pat is honored to work in community with private landowners and support folks in stewarding essential land for wildlife.