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Patrick Keenan, M.S.

Patrick Keenan, M.S.

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Patrick graduated from Colby College (Waterville, ME) in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Following this, he spent several years working as a research biologist and educator. This included seasonal work at Manomet Center for Conservation Science as a bird bander and educator, The Nature Conservancy and USDA as a field biologist, as well as time spent teaching at Exploration Summer Programs (Wellesly, MA), South Plymouth High School (Plymouth, MA), and Hyde Park High School (Boston, MA). 

These experiences culminated in the pursuit of a Master of Science Degree in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming where he examined flight call imitation and variation in Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) in an effort to understand the role of this trait in crossbill diversity.

In 2008 he began work with BRI as a seasonal biologist studying bats in Maine. His work at BRI continues as the education and outreach coordinator bringing the scientific findings of BRI to students and community members of Maine and beyond.


  • M.S., University Of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 2007
    • Keenan, P. C. 2007. Call learning and call variation in red crossbills (Loxia curvirostra complex). M.S. thesis, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • B.A., Colby College, Waterville, ME, 2000

Research Interests

  • Bird migration and migratory connectivity
  • Ecological adaptation

Journal Articles

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