Executive Committee Member

David Patterson. Photo: private

David Patterson (OPTIMA)

Field of research: Protistology/ Taxonomic/ Biodiversity informatics


Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole
Massachusetts 02543
e-mail: dpatterson[at]mbl.edu


David J. Patterson is a taxonomist turned biodiversity informatician with interests in the diversity of protozoa, the evolution of protists, and embedding taxonomic  practices in the management of on-line biodiversity information. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK in 1976 and his D.Sc. from Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK in 1990.  He has held appointments at Bristol University (UK), University of Sydney (Australia), Brown University (Rhode Island), Arizona State University, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  He led the implementation team for the Encyclopedia of Life project, and continues to work with the Global Names team in developing innovative taxonomically intelligent web-based management systems for biodiversity resources. He has been awarded the Thomas Henry Huxley prize and the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London; has been President of the British Section of the Society of Protozoologists; President of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology; and Vice-President of the (International) Society of Protozoology. He is a member of the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature. He has published approximately 170 peer-reviewed papers and several books throughout his career and is currently based in Australia as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney.