Patrick Durrell is a Professor in Physics and Astronomy at Youngstown State University, and is also the Director of the Ward Beecher Planetarium, a position he has held for much of the past 12 years. In 2015 he was given the title Distinguished Professor based on his work in teaching, scholarship, and his service at YSU. After receiving his PhD in 1996 from McMaster University, Patrick has had teaching and/or research positions at the University of Waterloo, Penn State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of British Columbia. He has been actively involved in astronomy outreach for over 30 years, and has given dozens of public presentations and lectures.
Patrick is the lead author or a co-author on over 50 science papers in refereed journals, and has received funding through both an NSF grant in 2009 and through five Hubble Space Telescope grants over the past 12 years. He has given over a dozen invited research talks, including a pair of invited talks at international conferences.
Patrick’s research interests include studies of stars in the halos of nearby galaxies, and imaging studies of globular clusters in a wide variety of environments, including the Milky Way, nearby galaxies, and in interacting galaxies. He is actively involved in the study of intergalactic stars and globular clusters, especially in the Virgo galaxy cluster.