Welcome to palustrine paradise. Pack Forest, WA, USA

About Me

I am an applied ecologist working at the intersections of plant and forest ecology, hydrology, and fluvial geomorphology. I look to understand how floodplain and riparian forests and wetlands respond to changes in hydrology, disturbance, and environmental stress. I primarily do this to design and evaluate ecosystem restoration and conservation strategies.

Generally, I link land and water management to wetland and riparian ecosystem health. I also look at specific restoration and conservation outcomes. I take research approaches that include analyzing ecological, hydrological, and physical habitat monitoring data, implementing experimental field trials, or monitoring on-the-ground restoration.

In addition to working at the interface between science and management, I've served as president of the Society of Wetland Scientists' Pacific Northwest Chapter and have organized numerous conferences, working groups, and research collaborations. I enjoy working within a large community of scientists, stakeholders, and agency partners to make on-the-ground ecosystem restoration and planning happen. I like people and I like learning from their achievements and tribulations.

If you haven't figured it out from elsewhere on this page, I enjoy splitboarding and running, heeler mixes, and traveling through big landscapes.


I earned my B.A. through the University of Washington's Program on the Environment and my M.S. in Ecosystem Analysis at what is now the UW's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. I completed my Ph.D in Ecology at Utah State University in 2016.

During my Ph.D I worked for the US Forest Service, as an EPA STAR Fellow, as a research assistant at USU, and as a private consultant. This non-traditional path to my Ph.D, allowed me to collaborate with researchers and land, water, fish, and wildlife managers from the US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and numerous universities.

In 2017 I will be wrapping up a professional certificate in the National Environmental Policy Act at Utah State University.


My professional experience has revolved around conducting and synthesizing research to inform decision-making in ecosystem management. This includes using research to plan, design, implement, and monitor restoration and conservation plans in numerous ecosystems. I believe in linking a strong scientific foundation with partnership building to inform policy-driven habitat conservation and restoration.

I pride myself on being a well-rounded scientist who can conduct independent field- or model-based research and also synthesize diverse information that falls outside my primary expertise. While much of my research is presented in peer-reviewed publications, most of my work is done in support of land, water, and endangered species planning under the National Environmental Policy, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. I encourage you to get in touch.


nate (a) natehough-snee.org

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