Patrick Cain

Dr. Patrick W. Cain

Lecturer of General Biology

School of Science and Tech
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Patrick Cain's interests in biology are highly varied. As an undergraduate, he developed his first project investigating agonistic behavior in male salamanders. He has since researched the effects of commercial harvest practices of snapping turtles in Maryland, the evolution of signaling traits in lizards, as well as using mathematical models to predict the simultaneous behavioral sequences of patch choice in a game played by a predator and prey.

Cain is also highly interested in developing software and hardware tools for use in biological research. For example, he has developed a robotic lizard to simulate the "push-up" behavior exhibited by male fence lizards, and is also currently field testing a low-cost GPS data logger for use on eastern box turtles.


  • Doctorate – ecology – Indiana State University
  • Master's – conservation biology – Towson University
  • Bachelor's – biology and music – Central Michigan University

Academic Interests

  • Conservation biology
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Predator-prey dynamics
  • Game theory
  • Statistics

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Turtle Survival Alliance
  • Ecological Society of America