Patrick Canniff – Program Specialist
Patrick joined the Great Lakes Commission in 2019 and works as a program specialist in the GLC’s Invasive Species program area. In this position, he supports the Aquatic Invasive Species Program through a joint effort with NOAA GLANSIS (Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System) to compile and evaluate risk assessments from federal, state, provincial, and other institutions, for the population of a risk assessment clearinghouse.
Patrick brings with him the recent experience of working in an invasive species Early Detection Rapid Response program at the National Park Service, and three years working at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He is currently finishing a Master of Science in conservation ecology, environmental informatics at the University of Michigan; with a project in modeling invasive species hotspots in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. He holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Loyola University Chicago.