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Patrick C. Ravines, M.L.S.

Director and Professor
(716) 878-4366
Campus Address: Rockwell Hall 230


Certificate in Library & Archives Conservation, Columbia University

M.L.S., Columbia University

M.S., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

B.S., Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle



Patrick Ravines became the director of Buffalo State’s Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department in July 2010. He is the fourth director of the art conservation program since its founding in 1970. 

He has experience as a conservator, researcher, and administrator. Before joining Buffalo State, from 2007 to 2010 he served as senior project conservator and research fellow at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, now George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation (2005 - 2007) at the Eastman House, and from 1986 to 2005 was book and paper conservator and then chief of the Conservation Office, Bahá’í World Centre, Haifa, Israel.

Publications (2015-present)

Sheets, H.D., P. Ravines and M. Webb. 2021. "Surface Metrology and Data Science/Analytics Applied to Modern Asian Lacquer Surfaces." In Archiving 2021: Expanding connections across digital cultural heritage. Society for Imaging Science and Technology, Springfield, Virginia, USA, pp 71-75. (Archiving 2021 conference program and proceedings:

Ravines, P., H. D. Sheets and M. Webb. 2021. "Surface metrology concepts and practice applied to modern Asian lacquer surfaces." Future Talks 019 Surfaces conference held at the Die Neue Sammlung, Munchen, Germany, in November 2019.  Oral presentation on Tuesday 12 November 2019; paper in print with expected publication date of November 2021.

Ravines, P., and Alexander Nazarenko. 2019. “Characterizing the Image Forming Particles of Modern Ungilded Daguerreotypes Using XRD and SEM.” Microscopy and Microanalysis, 25(4): 1037-1051. https://doi:10.1017/S1431927619000709

Peters, N., Shugar, A., Skinner, L., Ploeger, R., & Ravines, P. 2018. “Microscopic observations to track the behaviour of cyclododecane crystallisation and the effect of crystal formation on fragile porous substrates.”   In Subliming Surfaces: Volatile Binding Media in Heritage Conservation, edited by Christina Rozeik, 67-68. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Museums, 2018.

Ravines, P., Natasha Erdman and Rob McElroy. 2017. “The Surface and Subsurface of a Historic Platinum Print” (Technical highlight) in chapter 2, “Characterization, Degradation, and Analysis of Platinum and Palladium Prints,” Matthew L. Clarke, in the book Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation, edited by Constance McCabe, 116-117. Washington, D.C. American Institute for Conservation, 2017.

Ravines, P., and Rob McElroy. 2017. “Unearthing the Daguerreotype: A Scientific Study.” The Daguerreian Annual 2016, 2016: 106-128.

Ravines, P., Natasha Erdman and Rob McElroy. 2016. “An Examination of the Surface and Sub-surface of Modern and Historical Platinum Photographic Prints using Low Vacuum High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy.” Microscopy and Microanalysis 22(4): 857-64; 2016 Aug. Epub 2016 Jul 26.  Showcased in Microscopy Today’s “Highlights” section, January 2017 issue, 25(1): 54

Ravines, P., Lingjia Li, Lisa Chan, R. McElroy. 2016. “Some Science Behind the Daguerreotype: Nanometer and Sub-micrometer Realities On and Beneath the Surface.” In Nanoscience and Cultural Heritage, edited by Philippe Dillmann, Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet and Irène Nenner, 123–158. Atlantis Press, Paris.

Ravines, P., Lingjia Li and Rob McElroy. 2016. "An electron microscopy study of the image making process of the daguerreotype, the 19th century’s first commercially viable photographic process." Journal of Imaging Science and Technology, 60, no. 3 (2016): 30504-1-30504-10(10.

Presentations (2015-present)

Virtual illustrated talk presented by H.D. Sheets with co-authors P. Ravines and M. Webb of joint research project at the virtual conference Archiving 2021: Expanding Connections Across Digital Cultural Heritage, Imaging/Technical II Session, 11:30 – 12:25 NY. 17:30 – 18:25 Paris, 23 June 20212.

David Sheets and P Ravines invited to present research on surface metrology and data analytics on Asian lacquers to the Data Science and Analytics program in the Math Department at Buffalo State; talk held on 1 April 2021 from 6 to 7 pm Link to recorded lecture:

Invited by APOYOnline – Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas (USA) and Asamblea de Conservadores y Restauradores de Argentina (ACRA) to be a virtual panelist (conversatorio) to discuss topic of “Camino hacia el reconocimiento de la profesión en Latinoamérica,” held on Saturday 28 November 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Video/remote illustrated talk entitled ”Surface Metrology and Asian lacquers” with co-author David Sheets, Canisius College, to the Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization, and Education (R-CHIVE) group on Friday 1 May 2020.

Illustrated talk with co-authors M. Webb, H.D. Sheets and H. Khanjian. “Surface metrology concepts and practice applied to modern Asian lacquer surfaces.” Future Talks 019 Surfaces conference held at the Die Neue Sammlung, Munchen, Germany, in November 2019. Tuesday 12 November 2019.

Illustrated presentation entitled “A New Approach to Characterizing Asian Lacquer Surfaces Using Surface Metrology.” Surface Metrology Festival, Worcester Polytechnic Institute International Surface Metrology Conference, 24 May 2019.

Illustrated talk entitled “Characterizing Asian Lacquer Surfaces Using Surface Metrology and Multimodal Imaging Techniques: A New Approach.” with co-author M. Webb. Presented to the Wooden Artifacts Working Group at AIC’s 47th Annual meeting, May 2019 Connecticut.

Presented three talks at the I Simposio sobre Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural ISA 2019, (1st Symposium on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage) held at the Universidad de las Artes de Cuba. All three talks were be presented in Spanish and were on conservation education at Buffalo State, daguerreotype research using electron microscopy, and research on platinum photographic prints.

1Illustrated talk in Spanish at the III Congreso Internacional de Documentación Fotográfica held at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 6-9 March 2018, Mexico City. Co-authored with Jiuan Jiuan Chen and Theresa J. Smith on conservation education of photograph conservators.


Illustrated talk in Spanish entitled “Sistemas de formación y educación académica en la restauración/conservación: El caso de SUNY Buffalo State.” VI Simposio Latinoamericano de Física y Química en Arqueología, Arte y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural (LASMAC 2017), La Paz, Bolivia 10-14 julio 2017. and


Illustrated talk entitled THE CHARACTERIZATION OF 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES: DAGUERREOTYPES & A LITTLE ON PLATINOTYPES, to the Chemistry and Physics Departments, Buffalo State on 12 October 2017.


Illustrated talk on current daguerreotype research to the Western New York SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATHEMATICS (STEM) Forum in Room 210 Natural Sciences Complex, UB North Campus on 18 October 2017.


Illustrated talk in Spanish entitled “Platinotipia, fotografías de platino, examinadas con la microscopia electrónica de barrido de presión variable.” V Simposio Latinoamericano de Física y Química en Arqueología, Arte y Conservación (LASMAC 2015) Ciudad de Quito, Ecuador 21-23 octubre 2015.


Illustrated talk entitled “Introduction to the conservation of paper based materials found in archives, libraries and museums.” New York Archives Conference, Fredonia, New York, 3-5 June 2015.


Illustrated talk entitled “The daguerreotype uncovered: An overview of the surface and sub-surface chemistry, physics and material science underlying the first photographic process based on electron microscopical studies” presented to the Photographic Materials Group at the AIC 43rd Annual meeting: Practical philosophy, or making conservation work, Miami, Florida, 13-16 May 2015.


Invited illustrated talk entitled “Daguerreotypes: An overview of surface and subsurface characterization studies using electron and optical microscopies.” Presented at the Gordon Research Conference on “Scientific methods in cultural heritage research: Challenges and complexity in characterization and conservation; Surface Phenomena session” 27 July – 1 August 2014, Newry, Maine.


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Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department

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