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Patrick J. McLaughlin
Ph.D. Candidate


Ph.D. Candidate


B.S. in Biology, St. Lawrence University


Patrick’s work focuses on gene flow, speciation, and dispersal capacity of amphibians on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. He now spends extended periods on Bioko each year conducting fieldwork for his research, and is currently in the process of identifying a potentially new species of tree frog (Genus Leptopelis).


Patrick majored in Biology and Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence, where he developed an interest in ecological field research and sustainable development. He was awarded a University Fellowship and The Crowell Summer Award in Field Biology, allowing him to pursue independent research in the Bahamas where he studied juvenile fish populations, spawning aggregations, and long-range larval dispersal. As a senior, Patrick studied at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, focusing on conservation, culture, and development in East Africa. In 2006, Patrick participated in the Mongol Rally, a charity car rally across the 10,000 mile expanse from England to Mongolia to raise money for impoverished communities in Africa and Asia. He has worked as a marine ecology instructor in the Florida Keys, a fisheries technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in Vermont, a snow-coach guide and naturalist in Yellowstone National Park, and as director of the environmental education program for the Grand Teton Lodge Company.  He currently works during the summer for National Geographic Student Expeditions, having led programs in Australia in 2009 and Bar Harbor, ME in 2010. In 2011, he will lead NG expeditions in Montana and New Zealand. In January of 2009, Patrick began working as a research assistant for the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) in Equatorial Guinea (West Africa), studying the endemic and endangered primates of Bioko Island’s volcanic calderas. Patrick later joined the BBPP to pursue his Ph.D. in Environmental Science through Drexel University with BBPP director and Drexel professor Dr. Gail Hearn.


Krumhansl, K., McLaughlin, P., Gove, M., Sataloff, G., and Baldwin, B.S. 2007. A mangrove lagoon-seagrass complex on San Salvador. Bahamas Naturalist and Journal of Science 2:27- 34.

Contact Information

Patrick J. McLaughlin

Drexel University
Department of Biology
3245 Chestnut St.
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Rm. 503
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office: PISB 503

Phone: (215) 895-6906
Email: pjm79@drexel.edu