Nikisha Patel
Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: (860) 297-2344 Office Location: Life Sciences Center 223
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Trinity College faculty member since 2022
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Ph.D., Univ. of Vermont
B.S., Univ. of Connecticut

Dr. Patel’s research and teaching focuses on field and experimental biology involving both ferns and moss evolution as well as a broad interest in plant global biodiversity. With unprecedented biodiversity loss and global change ongoing, evolutionary and organismal biology are at the forefront of these challenges. As an organismal biologist, Dr. Patel’s main objectives in the classroom are not only to foster content mastery in evolution, genetics, and cell biology, but also to ensure that students leave her classes grounded in the application of scientific thinking toward meeting challenges in the world, in their professions, and in their everyday lives. This emphasis on functional knowledge is the best way to produce graduates prepared for careers in science.