Dr. Patrick Lorch is Manager of Field Research at Cleveland Metroparks, where he coordinates ongoing research and monitoring on park resources by both Metroparks staff and outside partners. He has a Masters in Zoology from the University of Maryland and PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto. Patrick has over 20 years experience developing software to aid in teaching and research, including using multi-user online environments for teaching and assessment. Before taking his current position, Patrick was an Assistant Professor in Biology at Kent State University and George Washington University. Both at Kent State and in his current position, Patrick has developed new ways of gathering data using tablets and smartphones, and archiving data in ways that make management of natural resources more effective.