M.S. – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thesis: Habitat, landscape, and climate effects on riparian predator-prey interactions in a human-dominated ecosystem
B.S. – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, concentration in Fish and Wildlife Conservation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Expertise
- Urban wildlife ecology
- Wildlife management and conservation
About Patrick Wolff:
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Patrick developed an affinity for animals and nature through frequent visits to the local forest preserve and nature center. He was amazed that such a variety of creatures were living right in his backyard (not just the raccoons digging through the trash bin). His curiosity about the natural world drove him to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees focusing on wildlife ecology and conservation.
While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Patrick was involved in multiple research projects, and he especially enjoys the “field” component of field ecology. Whether he was trapping small mammals in restored prairies, tracking mink using radio telemetry, wading through rivers to identify muskrat sign or catching crayfish with a kick seine, he has always had fun working outdoors. His graduate research examined the stream-side predator community in central Illinois, particularly how mink use their habitat in relation to a favorite summertime food, crayfish.
Patrick started working as a research technician at Lincoln Park Zoo in 2014 and spends much of his time collecting data at field research sites located throughout the city and suburbs of Chicago. He is excited to work with the Urban Wildlife Institute and Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology to develop new research projects that improve our understanding of how stress and disease interact with the ecology of urban species to affect wildlife health.