Associate Professor in the Department of Biology
Dr. Brian Patrick, associate professor of biology at Dakota Wesleyan, joined DWU in 2009. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Kansas, and Ph.D. from Kent State University. His research interests include: human influences on biological communities and ecosystems; biodiversity inventorying to catalogue the abundance and distribution of species of the Great Plains states – particularly spiders and beetles; and recycling and waste management issues in the community and the state.
As part of his interest in cataloguing the biological diversity of the Great Plains states, Patrick has established the South Dakota Spider Survey (SDSS). The goals of the SDSS are: 1) to document the diversity of the spider fauna of South Dakota; 2) to document the distributions and abundances of these spider species within the state; 3) to educate students and the public about spiders and their ecological roles in the various habitats in the state of South Dakota; and 4) to establish a repository for specimens from the Great Plains states for education and research purposes. Everyone is invited to participate.