Patrick is an agronomist and soil scientist. He manages five long-term field trials around Cambridge on the re-integration of species-rich leys and sheep grazing into arable farming systems. Particular research interests in this project include the effects of species diversity on forage production and nitrogen fixation, the accumulation of aggregate-bound soil organic carbon in ley systems, and the effects of ley cultivation on subsequent wheat performance.
Patrick received his PhD in agronomy from Royal Agricultural University in 2018. He then completed a postdoc at the University of Leeds on the recovery of crop nutrients from wastewater, and the potential this recovery has to mitigate climate change. He is also a member of the Tropical Agriculture Association and sits on the board of the journal Agriculture for Development.