Angelica is a plant ecophysiologist with an interest in understanding how natural communities shift and respond to climate change. She received her B.S. degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and her M.A. and M.Phil. degrees from Columbia University, where she is currently completing her doctoral degree in plant ecophysiology. Her interests in the physiological mechanisms behind climate-induced tree migration and plant community shifts inspired her to examine tree physiological responses to temperature as part of her research. More specifically, her research compares the photosynthetic and respiratory responses of over 20 tree species with differing historic range distributions in order to evaluate which species may be better able to tolerate climates that are predicted to occur within the next 50-100 years. Patterson is a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental sciences and has served on various committees and working groups regionally and nationwide.