Patrick graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Physical Science and went directly into the United States Peace Corps where he served as a high school teacher and counselor in the Republic of Fiji. Upon returning from Fiji, he worked with the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research in the area of wastewater analysis and treatment at food processing plants. Patrick attended graduate school at UC Davis where his research, under the inspired direction of Dr. Michael H. Nantz, focused on natural product synthesis and synthesis of ligands for use in novel organometallic compounds. During his third year he had the opportunity to take part in a graduate research fellowship, which allowed him to work for eight months at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden under the direction of Professor Peter Somfai (now at the University of Tartu). Patrick earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry in the fall of 2002 and immediately entered the an NIH sponsored post doctoral fellowship, the PROF program, working with Professor Philip Jessop in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis. This work involved organic synthetic methodology using environmentally benign reaction media and methods. In 2004 Patrick accepted a full time position at CoM in the Physical Sciences department where he is a professor of chemistry and the current chairperson of the department. When not teaching there is music, biking, gardening, camping, hiking, reading, some more music and serious attempts at living peacefully in this time and place, enjoying the beauty of the world, and most of importantly, sharing it all with his young son Finnegan!