Patrice Kohl is an assistant professor of journalism in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media. Her research interests cut across several disciplines including science and environmental communication, human dimensions of conservation, and science and technology studies. Her latest research examines the communication and socio-ethical implications of two trends in ecological and technological change—the emergence of novel ecosystems and recent development of gene editing tools that could be used to reshape wildlife populations. Kohl has also worked as a journalist reporting on fisheries, environmental issues and outdoor recreation in Alaska, and has worked on collaborative communication projects with the World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia and with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Kohl earned her Ph.D. in life sciences communication and master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You can connect with her via Twitter (@patricekohl), LinkedIn ( or visit her website (