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Nicholas R Patton

Postdoctoral Researcher, Integrated Terrain Analysis Program, Desert Research Institute

I am a watershed scientist who is interested in the interaction between biotic and abiotic processes that drive landscape, climate, and ecosystem evolution. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Desert Research Institute working within the Integrated Terrain Analysis Program (ITAP).

​In the past, I have worked with research groups such as the British Geological Survey (BGS), Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), 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 a suite of 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.


  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Desert Research Institute (DRI)
  • 2020–2022
    PhD Student, University of Canterbury
  • 2018–2020
    PhD Student, 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


  • 2022 
    University of Canterbury , Doctor of Philosophy - Geology
  • 2016 
    Idaho State University , Masters of Science - Geology
  • 2013 
    California University of Pennsylvania , Bachelors of Science - Chemistry and Geology