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Patrick Kelley

Patrick Kelley is a Research Scientist and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Zoology & Physiology and the Honor’s College. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from University of California-Davis, and he has conducted postdoctoral research at University of California-Berkeley, University of Florida, and University of British Columbia. At UW, he runs his own research laboratory, the Behavioral Complexity Lab, which explores a multitude of topics in animal behavior, including bioacoustics, plant-animal interactions, visual perception, as well as statistical approaches of quantifying and improving inference about behavioral and ecological patterns. Patrick has conducted field work in the United States (including northern Alaska, Hawaii, Georgia, California, Washington, and Arizona) and in Brazil and Ecuador (Galapagos Islands) on everything from monkeys to birds to jumping spiders. For the past 20 years, he has worked in Panama, exploring natural history and ecology of tropical birds. He is the co-founder of the Hawaii VINE Project, a US Department of Defense-funded project that investigated how non-native birds impact native and non-native plants in Hawaii. He is also co-founder of the Panama PLUMAS Project, a National Geographic-funded project that examines how demography and physiology of tropical birds are impacted by climate and anthropogenic land-use (forest fragmentation). Most recently, with funding from the US Department of Defense and Microsoft, he founded the ecoAI Project to explore novel uses of artificial intelligence in behavioral ecology (e.g. behavioral quantification, ecological network estimation). Patrick is a dad twice over, a husband, a Eagle Scout, data nerd, fly-fisherman, and is fiercely anti-BS. He was born in Scotland, raised in coastal Georgia (on the Georgia-Florida border in a town smaller than Laramie!). He has been sucker-punched by a Harpy Eagle; he’s had one tropical parasite eat a hole in his arm and he was almost permanently retired by dengue; his nose was broken by a branch that fell from the rainforest canopy (estimate the probability of that!); and he’s fallen into a human sewage cistern (which had been stewing for weeks in the tropical heat).


Patrick Kelley in Panama
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