Pat began as a macroinvertebrate taxonomist. Since that time, he has also served as a project manager, fieldwork supervisor, and consultant. He is currently the Taxonomy Lab Coordinator. Pat is a native of New England who moved to Idaho in 1994 to work as a fly-fishing guide. After several years of guiding, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Idaho where he studied mosquitoes. He holds an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Idaho, as well as a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.