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Administrator / Faculty

Matt Fitzpatrick

Associate Director for Research and Professor
Matt Fitzpatrick
Associate Director for Research and Professor
Appalachian Laboratory

Areas of Expertise

  • Spatial modeling of biodiversity in response to global change
  • Biogeography and macroecology
  • Quantitative ecology
  • Modeling the spread of invasive species


  • University of Tennessee, 2008, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • University of Montana, 2003, M.S., Environmental Science
  • Pennsylvania State University, 1997, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Regularly Offered Courses

Graduate Program Foundation Areas

Lab News

Climate of North American cities will shift hundreds of miles in one generation

In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of miles away—or to a new climate unlike any found in North America today. A new study and interactive web application aim to help the public understand how climate change will impact the lives of people who live in urban areas of the United States and Canada.

Scientists look to ancient past to better predict how species may respond to climate change

Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory, along with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California-Merced, have received a three-year, $670,000 award from the National Science Foundation to study how plants and animals responded to changes in climate during the ice age to better predict what we can expect in the near future.

Citizen scientist project recognized for tracking leaf changes on poplar trees

An Appalachian Laboratory project that engages citizen scientists to record observations of trees has been recognized by the White House for their efforts in collaborating with the public on climate change research.