Patrick Farrar studies the dynamics of carbon storage and plant diversity in response to climate change, human development, and restoration efforts over time. He focuses on forests, grasslands, and shrublands on Martha’s Vineyard and retired cranberry bogs throughout southeastern Massachusetts.
Farrar also monitors the water quality of rivers that flow into Buzzards Bay to evaluate nutrient loading to estuaries. He believes in taking a multidisciplinary approach to studying climate and is interested in the application of natural sciences, science communication, sociology, economics, law, and politics in developing equitable climate solutions.
Before joining Woodwell Climate Research Center, Farrar conducted field research for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to improve longleaf pine forest management. He also worked with American Conservation Experience on a variety of conservation and restoration projects on public lands.
Farrar enjoys hiking, camping, listening to music, and playing guitar in his spare time.