Welcome to the Tobin
Disturbance Ecology

Patrick Tobin
People in the Lab

The Tobin Disturbance Ecology 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).


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

Invasion Ecology. The introduction and establishment of non-native species poses considerable challenges to native ecosystems. Although the majority of non-native species pose little to no harm, some are extremely damaging, potentially leading to the functional extinction of native species. Primary avenues of research in the Tobin Lab include quantifying the role of abiotic and biotic factors on non-native species establishment and spread, and their effects on native ecosystems, with particular attention to non-native insects and pathogens.

Insect Population Ecology. Insects play critical roles in the function and composition of ecosystems. Insects also interact with other factors to affect ecosystem dynamics. A common theme of the work in my lab is the incorporation of spatial and temporal analyses to facilitate our understanding of insect population dynamics and the role of interacting factors on spatial and temporal pattern formation.

For a list and description of my current sponsored research, click here.
To read about the research currently being conducted by members of the Tobin Lab, click here.

For more information about opportunities in my lab, please contact me at pctobin[at]uw.edu. Prospective graduate students are also encouraged to read about the application process at the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences here.