Tobin Lab



Patrick Tobin

People in the lab



Gypsy moth larvae, WisconsinHemipteran aggregation, Costa Rica

Research in the Tobin Lab is broadly within two core areas of research:

(1) Invasion Ecology

Although most non-native species pose little to no harm, a minority pose considerable challenges to native ecosystems. We work to quantify patterns of invasive species establishment and spread, and their effects on native ecosystems, with particular attention to insects and plant pathogens.

(2) Insect Population Ecology

Insects play critical roles in the function and composition of ecosystems, and interact with other factors to affect ecosystem dynamics. We work to understand the factors that affect insect population dynamics using field-based studies, laboratory and greenhouse studies, and molecular approaches.

Tobin Lab Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Tobin lab believes that diversity is an invaluable component of academic and scientific excellence, and we acknowledge our responsibility to create and maintain an environment that upholds and invites a diversity of people, ideas, and perspectives. Therefore, we stand by and hold each other accountable for embracing and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our lab, our School, and throughout our University.
Read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement here.

The Tobin Lab is in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. We are located in Room 106 of the Winkenwerder Forest Sciences building (WFS).