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 work to understand how floodplain and riparian forests and wetlands respond to changes in hydrology, disturbance, and environmental stress. I use this information to design and evaluate ecosystem restoration and conservation strategies.

Generally I link land and water management to wetland and riparian ecology and/or specific restoration and conservation outcomes. To do this I take a variety of research approaches, including analyzing ecological, hydrological, and physical habitat monitoring data, implementing experimental field trials, or monitoring on-the-ground restoration.

In addition to my work restoring and researching water-dependent ecosystems, I have 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 river scientists and ecologists, stakeholders, and land management agencies to get on-the-ground ecosystem restoration and planning done. I like to learn from other people's achievements and tribulations.


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 School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. I recently completed my Ph.D in Ecology at Utah State University.

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 and habitat management. This includes using research to plan, design, implement, and monitor restoration and conservation plans in many different ecosystems. I believe in linking a strong scientific foundation with partnership building to inform policy-driven 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.


nate (a) natehough-snee.org

Fen life above the Delta River, AK, USA