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The Shotgun Scientist
Educator | Plant Ecophysiologist | Science Communicator


Angelica Patterson is a plant ecophysiologist who is interested in understanding how natural communities shift and respond to climate change. 

Angelica received her B.S. degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and her M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in plant ecophysiology. Her interests in understanding the mechanisms behind climate-induced tree migration and plant community shifts inspired her to examine tree physiological responses to temperature as part of her research. More specifically, her research compares the photosynthetic and respiratory responses of over 20 tree species with differing historic range distributions in order to evaluate which species may be better able to tolerate climates that are predicted to occur within the next 50-100.


Angelica is a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental sciences and has served on various committee and working groups. She has also spoken to audiences at several US universities, environmental organizations, and K-12 institutions. Angelica is currently serving as the Curator of Education and Outreach at the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. 



Read Angelica's articles to learn about hot topics in education, forest ecology, and the impact climate change has on plants. 

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Watch featured videos and interviews about Angelica's research and science education efforts



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