Tommy Patterson, GK-12 | Biology, UNCG

Tommy Patterson, Geography Ph.D. Candidate


Tommy Patterson

Tommy Patterson is a doctoral student in Geography. He is a native of NC and has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and M.A. in Geography, both from UNCG. He worked for the environmental education office at UNCG for 2 years and was president of UNCGreen, an environmental group for UNCG students. In 2010 he was an intern for a year at the Vernal (Utah) Field Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, monitoring endangered species and removing invasive vegetation. His career goals include environmental protection and education. At UNCG he works in the Carolina Tree-Ring Lab, and has taught topics in weather, climate, geomorphology, statistics and research.

Research Interests

Tommy's research field is biogeography, particularly tree-ring science. For his M.S. he examined morphological characteristics and relationships of climate and radial growth in stands of NC longleaf pine. For his doctoral research he will determine radial-growth sensitivity to climate change for four southern U.S. pine species over the past century.