Patrick Bitterman


I am an Assistant Professor of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences. I study adaptive decision-making in social-ecological systems at multiple scales - ranging from individual adaptations by farmers to adaptive management in multiplex governance networks. My work focuses on agro-water systems, including climate change adaptation in the US Midwest, water quality policy in New England, and rural water scarcity in southeast India. My work is grounded in GIScience methods, including geosimulation and spatial decision support. I also manage to dabble in the areas of public health and ecosystem services. Much of my work takes places in large interdisciplinary teams, where we try our best to integrate knowledge from a wide array of disciplines and specialties to tackle wicked social-environmental issues.  For additional information see my personal website.

Bitterman P., D.A. Bennett, and S. Secchi. 2019. Constraints on Farmer Adaptability in the Iowa-Cedar River Basin. Environmental Science & Policy. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.11.004.

Carrel, Margaret, C. Zhao, D. Thapaliya, P. Bitterman, A. E. Kates, B. M. Hanson, T. C. Smith. 2017. Assessing the potential for raw meat to influence human colonization with Staphylococcus aureus. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11423-6


van Riper, C. J., A. C. Landon, S. Kidd, P. Bitterman, L. A. Fitzgerald, E. F. Granek, S. Ibarra, D. Iwaniec, C. M. Raymond, and D. Toledo. 2017. Incorporating socio-cultural phenomena into ecosystem service valuation: The importance of critical pluralism. BioScience. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw170.    


Bitterman, P., E. Tate, K. J. Van Meter, and N. B. Basu. 2016. Water security and rainwater harvesting: A conceptual framework and candidate indicators. Applied Geography 76: 75-84. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.09.013


Bitterman, P., and D. A. Bennett. 2016. Constructing stability landscapes to identify alternative states in coupled social-ecological agent-based models. Ecology and Society 21(3): 21. doi: 10.5751/ES-08677-210321.