Tammy Patterson

Woman sitting between two malamute dogs with show ribbons in the background
Data Science Ecologist

Migratory Bird Management
1011 E. Tudor Rd., MS 201
Anchorage, AK 99503
United States

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About Tammy Patterson

Tammy joined the Alaska migratory bird team as a data manager in September 2021, from the USGS Great Lakes Science Center. Her roles there included wildlife field biologist, GIS specialist, and project and data manager. Tammy earned her Bachelor of Science in ecology and an Associate of Science in veterinary technology at Purdue University, and began her first career in wildlife as a certified zoo veterinary technician. After experiencing field work trapping manned wolves and fox in Emas National Park, Brazil, Tammy left the zoo and completed her Master of Science in conservation biology from the University of Michigan and promptly volunteered for a field season with the Wildlife Conservation Society-Russia to trap and sample Amur tiger and leopards in the Russian Far East. Upon returning home, Tammy began her federal career as a seasonal biological technician with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore where she worked on a joint NPS-USGS project to study the effects of climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

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on the endangered Karner blue butterfly.  Her family includes her 4 dogs, two cats, and a flock of backyard chickens.


Evidence of an Extreme Weather-induced Phenological Mismatch and a Local Extirpation of the Endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. In Journal of Conservation Science and Practice. Vol. 2(1), 2020.

Sharp Savanna-forest Transitions in the Midwest Followed Environmental Gradients but are Absent from the Modern Landscape. In The American Midland Naturalist Vol. 180(1), 2020.

Conservation Action Planning: Lessons learned from the St. Marys River watershed biodiversity conservation planning process. In Journal of Great Lakes Research Vol. 40(2), 2014.

Data Citations:

Karner blue butterfly larval success observations at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 2012. doi.org/10.5066/P95GFNGQ

Karner blue butterfly early spring laboratory experimental hatching observations. doi.org/10.5066/P9S7O86U

Karner blue butterfly ova constant temperature incubation in 2013. doi.org/10.5066/P9L3Q0KR

Wild blue lupine spring survey points at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 2012-2014. doi.org/10.5066/P9T8HFQ9

Wild blue lupine summer survey points at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 2010-2012. doi.org/10.5066/P96F3DQH

Wild blue lupine survey tracks at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 2010-2014. doi.org/10.5066/P9B93C17