Patrick Tobin

Patrick Tobin

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Entomology; Invasion ecology; Population ecology

Office: Anderson 123B
Phone: 206-685-7588 
Email: pctobin@uw.edu

Graduate Interest Group(s): FOREST ECOLOGY

Ph.D., Entomology, Minors in Statistics and Operations Research, Pennsylvania State University, 2002
M.S., Entomology, Pennsylvania State University, 1997
B.S., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Georgia, 1991

Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
ESRM 415 Terrestrial Invasion Ecology (5)Autumn
ESRM 435 Insect Ecology (3)Spring
Current Sponsored Research:
Collaborative Research: A landscape resistance mapping approach to understanding species invasion patterns
Epidemiology studies of powdery mildew in urban and forest settings focusing on the relationship between host resistance and divergence
Identifying Emerging Pathways of Asian Gypsy Moth in the Pacific Northwest
Modeling the establishment and spread of Heterobasidion root disease in red pine in Wisconsin
Optimizing management guidelines for the non-native Azalea Lace Bug on Rhododendron species in Western Washington
Predicting the next high-impact insect invasion: Elucidating traits and factors determining the risk of introduced herbivorous insects on North American native plants
Recent Publications:
Thompson LM, Faske TM, Banahene N, Grim D, Agosta SJ, Parry D, Tobin PC, Johnson DM, and Grayson KL (2017) Variation in growth and developmental responses to supraoptimal temperatures near latitudinal range limits of gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (L.), an expanding invasive species. Physiological Entomology 42: 181-190.
Tobin PC, Turcotte RM, Blackburn LM, Juracko JA, and Simpson BT (2017) The big chill: Quantifying the effect of the 2014 North American cold wave on hemlock woolly adelgid populations in the central Appalachian Mountains. Population Ecology 59:251-258.
Bjornstad ON, Nelson WA, and Tobin PC (2016) Developmental synchrony in multivoltine insects: generation separation versus smearing. Population Ecology 58: 479-491.
Tobin PC, Thielen-Cremers K, Hunt L, and Parry D (2016) All quiet on the western front? Using phenological inference to detect the presence of a latent gypsy moth invasion in Northern Minnesota. Biological Invasions 18: 3561-3573.
Walter JA, Firebaugh AL, Tobin PC, and Haynes KJ (2016) Invasion in patchy landscapes is affected by dispersal mortality and mate‐finding failure. Ecology 97: 3389-3401
Hajek, A. E., P. C. Tobin, and K. J. Hayes. 2015. Replacement of a dominant viral pathogen by a fungal pathogen does not alter the collapse of a regional forest insect outbreak. Oecologia 177: 785-797.
Liang J, Zhou M, Tobin PC, McGuire AD, and Reich PB (2015) Biodiversity influences plant productivity through niche-efficiency. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 112:5738-5743.
Ranger CM, Tobin PC, Reding ME (2015) Ubiquitous volatile compound facilitates efficient host location by a non-native ambrosia beetle. Biological Invasions 17:675-686.
Tobin, P.C. 2015. Ecological consequences of pathogen and insect invasions. Current Forestry Reports 1: 25-32. DOI: 10.1007/s40725-015-0008-6.
Walter JA, Johnson DM, Tobin PC, and Haynes KJ (2015) Population cycles produce periodic range boundary pulses. Ecography 38: 1200-1211.
Walter JA, Meixler MS, Mueller T, Fagan WF, Tobin PC, and Haynes KJ (2015) How topography induces reproductive asynchrony and alters gypsy moth invasion dynamics. Journal of Animal Ecology 84:188-198.
Tobin PC, Kean JM, Suckling DM, McCullough DG, Herms DA, and Stringer LD (2014) Determinants of successful arthropod eradication programs. Biological Invasions 16:401-414.
Tobin, P. C., D. R. Gray, and A. M. Liebhold. 2014. Supraoptimal temperatures influence the range dynamics of a non-native insect. Diversity & Distributions 20:813-823.