• Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2002
  • M.S., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1998
  • B.A., University of California in Santa Cruz, 1994


  • General Physics I
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • Mechanics
  • Astronomy
  • Cosmology
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • General Relativity


Patrick B. Greene, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Physics at St. Mary’s University. A native of California, he received his B.A. in physics in 1994 from the University of California at Santa Cruz, graduating with highest honors in the major and college honors. He then earned an M.S. in physics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1997. In 2002, Greene was awarded his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Toronto where he studied at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. For his Ph.D., he studied particle creation in the very early universe.

Greene’s work experience includes postdocs at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, and the Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics at Columbia University in New York. Before joining St. Mary’s, he lectured at Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky, the University of Texas in San Antonio, the University of San Diego, and in the San Diego community college system.


Hui and P. Greene, “Correlated Fluctuations in Luminosity Distance and the (Surprising) Importance of Peculiar Motion in Supernova Surveys,” Phys. Rev. D73 123526, (2006)

Maqbool et al, “Everpresent Λ,” Phys. Rev. D69 103523 (2004)

Felder et al, “Dynamics of symmetry breaking and tachyonic preheating,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 87 (2001) 011601

Greene and L. Kofman, “Preheating of fermions,” Phys. Lett. B448 (1999) 6-12

Research Interests

  • Cosmology, particle physics and gravitation
  • Applied statistics and data analysis
  • Physics and math education research
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