Patrick is a Master’s student in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia studying wildfire-related climate adaptation planning. He comes from a background of forestry and wildfire management in British Columbia, where he has worked as a Firefighter, GIS analyst, and a Forest Practices Monitor.
Patrick's research interests are in GIS and remote sensing technologies, and how they are evolving as tools for emergency management and natural disaster preparedness. He is particularly interested in LiDAR, unmanned aerial vehicles, and space-based remote sensing information. He is also passionate about the power of GIS modelling tools, the rise of machine learning techniques, and big data analytics. Patrick's study of resource management focuses on the role of Indigenous self-governance, reconciliation and self determination in modern land management.
Patrick has a love for nature, and outdoor adventure sports is his way of relating his research on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies to his own lived experiences.