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Nicholas R Patton

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Canterbury

I am a watershed scientist who is interested in the complex interaction between biotic and abiotic processes that drive landscape, climate, and ecosystem evolution. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Canterbury working closely with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) on a suite of projects dealing with landscape evolution, stable isotope, climate, and modelling.
In the past, I have worked with research groups such as the Critical Zone Observatories (CZO), Center for Ecological Research and Education (CERE), Center of Archaeological Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on multifaceted projects. Working with such diverse groups, my work tends to be at the interface of many scientific disciplines which has motivated me to become a voice for the scientific community and an advocate of science literacy and communication.


  • 2020–present
    PhD Candidate, University of Canterbury
  • 2018–2020
    PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland
  • 2016–2018
    Lab/Field Technician, Center for Ecological Research and Education
  • 2016–2018
    Hydrologic Technician, USDA-ARS Boise Office
  • 2014–2016
    Masters Student, Idaho State University


  • 2016 
    Idaho State University , Masters of Science - Geology
  • 2013 
    California University of Pennsylvania , Bachelors of Science - Chemistry and Geology