Patrick earned his B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at UCLA in 2009. After a year's break, he returned to his alma mater as a Teaching Assistant for EBE courses and a Research Assistant in the the lab of Dr. Blaire Van Valkenburgh. His past research projects have included examining bird call responses to tourist presence in Uganda, studying barnacle glycoprotien function in Malibu, CA, and most recently quantifying the surface area of nasal turbinate bones in the family Canidae. Through his graduate research in the Patek Lab, he integrates biomechanics, behavior, and conservation to describe the use of the mantis shrimp appendage in competition between species.