Patrick Della Croce

Patrick Della Croce

Assistant Professor, Biology and Environmental Sciences

Ph.D. Montana State University, United States
M.S. Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland

Office: Villa, North Campus, Loft  
Phone: +41 91 986 36 62

View Profile Page


Dr. Della Croce joined Franklin University Switzerland  in August 2013 and is currently Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences. He teaches courses in Franklin University's Environmental studies program, including core courses such as Introduction to Biology, Ecology and Freshwater Conservation. He has a M.S. in Environmental Sciences with a focus on the Biology of Aquatic Systems from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland) and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University in Bozeman (Montana, U.S.A). His scholarly work includes research on river-groundwater interactions, the use of river habitat by fish and the movement of non-native genes across river networks. His current research interests include the use of simulation models in ecological studies, fish biology and fisheries management, groundwater ecology, ecology of invasive species and management and conservation of freshwater systems.

In addition to being a member of the American Fisheries Society and the Società Ticinese di Scienze Naturali, Dr. Della Croce is a scientific consultant for the environmental Consulting firm EcoEng SA and is actively participating in projects involving river and lakes restoration, riparian vegetation management and fish passages. 

2018-2019 Courses:

BIO 101Introduction to Biology: Genetics, Evolution, and EcologyFALL 2018
BIO 310WEcologyFALL 2018
ENV 199Biological Invasions: Introductions of Non-Native SpeciesFALL 2018
BIO 102Introduction to Biology: Cell and AnimalSPRING 2019
ENV 230TFreshwater Conservation (Northern Italy)SPRING 2019
ENV 350Environmental Management in SwitzerlandSPRING 2019

Awards and Honors:

Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2012-2013)

Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Student Travel Award (2010-2012)

Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Resource Action Fund (2010)

Society for Freshwater Science (former North American Benthological Society) General Fund Award (2010)

Relevant publications:

McGuire, E. and Della Croce, P. (2017). An analysis of changes in the environmental content of Caldecott and Newbery medal winning children’s books, 1922-2016. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 12(8), 1879-1894.

Della Croce, P., Poole, G. C., Payn, R. A., & Gresswell, R. E. (2017). Detecting Introgression in Fish Populations: When Sample Size actually matters. Fisheries, 42(1), 44-56.

Della Croce P., Poole, G. C., Luikart, G. (2016) Simplifying assumptions yield overconfidence in detecting and quantifying introgression in hybridized populations. Molecular Ecology Resources, 16, 1287–1302. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12520

Hale, B. W., Della Croce, P. (2015). In everybody’s backyard? Examining the intersection of invasive species and environmental justice. Intervalla.

Della Croce, P., Poole, G. C., Payn, R. A., & Izurieta, C. (2014). Simulating the effects of stream network topology on the spread of introgressive hybridization across fish populations. Ecological Modelling, 279, 68-77.