Northeastern University Global Resilience Institute Chief Technology Officer Mark Patterson has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Canada as the Research Chair on Advancing Transdisciplinary Research on the Changing North at the Université Laval, Québec. Patterson is also a Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Science. He will conduct research and lecture at the Université Laval in Québec City as part of a project to understand food security of first nation peoples dependent on kelp beds in the Canadian Arctic. Patterson will work with scientists at Sentinel North and Institut nordique du Québec (INQ) on mapping the distribution and abundance of kelp beds using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles that he has developed.
As a Fulbright scholar, Patterson will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and Canada. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions.