Dr Nicholas Patton

Postdoctoral Researcher , 

United States


Research Focus

I am a watershed scientist who is interested in the interaction between biotic and abiotic processes that drive landscape, climate, and ecosystem evolution. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Desert Research Institute working within the Integrated Terrain Analysis Program (ITAP).

​In the past, I have worked with research groups such as the British Geological Survey (BGS), Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Critical Zone Observatories (CZO), Center for Ecological Research and Education (CERE), Center of Archaeological Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a suite of multifaceted projects. Working with such diverse groups, my work tends to be at the interface of many scientific disciplines which has motivated me to become a voice for the scientific community and an advocate of science literacy and communication.

Research Groups

  • Integrated Terrain Analysis Program
  • Critical Zone Observatory Network
  • Center of Archaeological Materials and Applied Spectroscopy


  • Landscape evolution and colluvial sediment transport of dune systems
  • Lake sediment paleoclimate reconstruction of subtropical Queensland, AUS
  • Evaluating δ18O and δ13C variations within modern snails shells paleoclimate reconstruction


  • Postdoctoral Researcher

Global goals

Target 4.2
Target 4.5
Target 13.2
Target 13.3
Target 15.3


  • United States

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