Patty occupied various leadership roles at Conservation International between 2009 and 2015, directing the Amazon Program and serving as the Director of Governance and Policies. She has worked extensively with NGOs, governments, and conservation networks to advance conservation on the ground. She has been leading Island Conservation’s projects in the United States since 2016, including the rat removal on Lehua and the planned mouse removal on Midway. Patty received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her doctoral work focused on the evolution of phenotypes in seabirds and she has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Galapagos Islands and in Brazil.