|Welcome to palustrine paradise. Pack Forest, WA, USA|
About MeI am an applied ecologist who works where forest ecology and hydrology intersect with state and federal policy and planning. Generally, I link land and water management to wetland and riparian ecosystem health or look at restoration and conservation outcomes. I generally work from the reach to the watershed scale, but also work on state and institutional projects. Almost all of my work supports land, water, and endangered species planning under the National Environmental Policy, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts or state level environmental policy.
I've served as a president, executive vice president, and program vice president for the Society of Wetland Scientists' Pacific Northwest Chapter. Working with SWS and others I've 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 (and our) achievements and tribulations.
I enjoy splitboarding and running, heeler mixes, and traveling through big landscapes.
Here are a few projects I've worked on over the years:
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EducationI 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 in consulting capacities. This non-traditional academic path 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 several universities.
I am currently enrolled in the National Environmental Policy Act certificate program at Utah State University.
PhilosophyMy professional life has revolved around conducting, synthesizing, and evaluating research to inform decision-making in ecosystem management. This includes using research to plan, design, implement, and monitor restoration and conservation plans in forest, wetland, and floodplain ecosystems. I believe in linking up-to-date scientific information with human and organizational partnerships to build consensus and inform policy-driven habitat conservation and restoration.
I pride myself as a well-rounded scientist who can conduct field-, desktop- or model-based research but is equally adept at learning new policy and synthesizing diverse information that falls loosely around my ecological expertise.
nate (a) natehough-snee.org