Foley Laboratory in Infectious Disease Ecology

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Patrick Foley

Patrick Foley

Theoretical population biologist and pollination biologist. I teach entomology, parasitology, and many other courses for the Department of Biological Sciences of the California State University at Sacramento. Courses I have taught include: General Biology, Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Ecology, Biostatistics, Evolution, Population and Community Ecology, and everybody's favorite, Biogeography. At Davis I have taught Evolution, Plant Evolution, Population Genetics and more.

I am the oldest of seven children, was raised in Maryland and North Carolina, and Jesuit-trained at Gonzaga High School, Washington DC. My BA is in English literature from the University of Maryland, my MS is in Genetics from the University of Arizona and I have a PhD in Evolutionary Genetics (under Michael Turelli) from the University of California at Davis. I may be the world's tallest theoretical population biologist (205cm).

I work on the theory of extinction, metapopulations and epidemiology, using probabilistic mathematical and computer models, and am also engaged in a study of native bee community ecology in the American River watershed. My favorite organisms are flowering plants and their pollinators, but fleas, ticks and bacteria figure as well. My wife, Janet Foley and I have two children, Brangwyn and Colin, and I have a daughter Yla who researches evolutionary psychology of communication at Austin. There are also a random number of vertebrate pets around the house. I like to play guitar; walk in the woods and desert; look at the sky; watch insects mess with plants; and argue nature, politics and religion. I am trying to learn the bees of North America, but there are more than you would think, with over 1500 species in California alone.