Patty has worked on climate change for more than 20 years.
Throughout her career, Patty has played an important role in educating diverse constituencies about climate change, and in developing and promoting meaningful management and policy solutions. Since 1998, Patty has been instrumental in helping NWF build a targeted grassroots global warming campaign, which has grown from a small program with just a handful of staff into one of NWF’s top conservation priorities.
Today, Patty is part of a newly-formed team dedicated to forwarding NWF’s efforts to safeguard wildlife from climate change – often termed climate change adaptation. She has led major research studies on the impacts of sea-level rise on U.S. coastal habitats, including major areas of Florida, the Pacific Northwest, and the Chesapeake Bay region, participating in several governor-appointed working groups to develop state-based climate change adaptation strategies. In addition, she has authored and co-authored numerous publications about climate change and wildlife, many of which are listed below, and has presented information on climate change at major workshops and conferences across North America.
In 2007, Patty was one of 23 women around the world named as an “outstanding woman working on climate change issues” by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and was also recognized by the Wildlife Society as “today’s wildlife professional” in The Wildlife Professional, Fall 2008.