Patrick Shirey

Visiting Research Assistant Professor


Patrick Shirey
SRCC 313
4107 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Patrick Shirey is a Postdoctoral Associate working with Daniel Bain and Anthony Iannacchione on bituminous coal mine subsidence impacts. Patrick is as certified ecologist (Ecological Society of America) and certified fisheries professional (American Fisheries Society). Patrick conducts multidisciplinary research using techniques from his terminal degrees in ecology and law. He has over 30 public speaking engagements (16 invited) since 2009. Patrick has published 13 peer-reviewed manuscripts including an invited comment in Nature, and publications in Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society, Ecohydrology, the Journal of Paleolimnology, Fisheries, and others. His recently published research topics include urban stream restoration, endangered species conservation policy, environmental DNA, and science communication. Patrick has won national research and policy awards including a George Melendez Wright Climate Change Research Fellowship from the National Park Service and was 1 of 35 early career aquatic scientists selected to participate in an NSF-funded symposium hosted by the University of Hawaii – 2014 Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences (Eco-DAS). He has been a recorded radio guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, a live radio guest on WOJB (Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation) to discuss brook trout conservation, and live radio guest answering listener questions on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss the illegal trade of endangered plants.


Patrick served the American Fisheries Society in 2015 as their first policy fellow, updating their policy statements on threatened and endangered species. This work has been used to engage members of the U.S. Congress and their staff to highlight success stories under the Endangered Species Act. He received one of four 2016 Emerging Leaders Mentorship Awards from the American Fisheries Society to participate in their Governing Board events (8,000 professional members). He serves as chair of the AFS Resource Policy Committee to promote and lead policy engagement.

Patrick’s work and service has included research and outreach in urban areas of South Bend, IN and Pittsburgh, PA, and rural areas of Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In addition to his academic research, he provides scientific and environmental policy advice through his consulting business, Ecology Policy LLC (, based in Sarver, Pennsylvania. He helped the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation (Bowler, WI) write a nonpoint source pollution watershed management plan that secured five years of Clean Water Act funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to improve water quality for their community and increase habitat for brook trout.

Patrick holds a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Notre Dame, a law degree with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law from The Dickinson School of Law at The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University, and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from The Pennsylvania State University. Patrick also studied internationally at University College Cork, Ireland.