Associate, Matthew Patterson is a graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs MSES/MPA program at Indiana University. While at SPEA he assembled a program on Urban Ecology, and has been a part of the Center for the study of Institutions, Populations, and Environmental Change. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the Urban Ecology Research Laboratory at the University of Washington, and was a recipient of the Hall-Ammerer-WRF fellowship at UW.
His research focuses on the interactions between people and urban forest ecosystems, with an emphasis on how management practices on single family residential parcels and institutions impact urban forest structure. He plans to investigate the development of a suite of social-ecological assessment tools for policy makers in urban systems. The aim of this toolkit is provide policy makers with straightforward and cost-effective ways to measure socio-ecological outcomes within the systems they manage, in order to lead to more efficient policy development.
MATTHEW S. PATTERSON
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