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Mark Patterson

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs, College of Science
Chief Technology Officer, Global Resilience Institute
781.581.7370 x313
0 Marine Science Center
430 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908


  • Ph.D., Biology, Harvard University, 1985
  • A.M., Biology, Harvard University, 1982
  • A.B., magna cum laude with highest honors in Biology, Harvard College, 1979

Research & Scholarship Interests

Development of autonomous underwater robots for civil infrastructure and marine sensing; decision support tools for gray/green infrastructure like tide gates; environmental fluid mechanics; biomechanics and mass transfer in living systems
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College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • Member of the Year Award, Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International, 2011
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2010
  • Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Ocean Science & Engineering, 2008
  • Antarctic Service Medal, National Science Foundation, 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa Award for the Advancement of Scholarship, 1996

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Oceanic Engineering Society
  • Marine Technology Society
  • Editorial Board, Coral Reefs
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch science advisory board

Selected Publications

  • A.C. Trembanis, A.L. Forrest, B.M. Keller, M.R. Patterson, Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems: A Geoacoustically Derived Proxy for Habitat and Relative Diversity for the Leeward Shelf of Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2017, 4:51. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00051  
  • R.H. Certner, A.M. Dwyer, M.R. Patterson, S.V. Vollmer, Zooplankton as a Potential Vector for White Band Disease Transmission in the Endangered Coral, Acropora cervicornis. PeerJ, 2017, 5:e3502
  • J. Elliott, M. Patterson, N. Summers, C. Miternique, E. Montocchio, E. Vitry, How does the Proliferation of the Coral-killing Sponge Terpios hoshinata affect Benthic Community Structure on Coral Reefs?, Coral Reefs, 2016, 35, 1083-1092
  • E.C. Edson, M.R. Patterson, MantaRay: A Novel Autonomous Sampling Instrument for In Situ Measurements of Environmental Microplastic Particle Concentrations, Proceedings of the IEEE/Marine Technology Society OCEANS 2015, 2015, 1-6
  • J. Elliott, M. Patterson, E. Vitry, N. Summers, C. Miternique, Morphological Plasticity allows Coral to Actively Overgrow the Aggressive Sponge Terpios hoshinota (Mauritius, Southwestern Indian Ocean), Marine Biodiversity, 46, 2015, 489-493
  • W.S. Howard, A. Gu, M.M. Garcia, M. Patterson, E. Izzo, State of the World Report 2015: Water Challenges, Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC) (International Federation of Consulting Engineers), Geneva, 2015, 1-46 
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Related News

July 24, 2017

COS/CEE Professor Mark Patterson, CEE/COS Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez, and CEE affiliated Professor Brian Helmuth were awarded a $300K NSF grant for "Tide gate modulation of wetland function: decision support through engineering best practices".

June 26, 2017

CAMD/COE Assistant Teaching Professor Mark Sivak and FYELC Associate Academic Specialist Jennifer Love demonstrated their use of 3D printing at TEXPO, Information Technology Services’ third annual Teaching and Technology Expo.

March 23, 2017

21 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY18 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing $600K dollars of investment in research.