From 2012 to 2015, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Conservation Ecology Group at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands with shorebird guru, Dr. Theunis Piersma. While in The Netherlands, I worked to understand how Black-tailed Godwit migrations and breeding biology were being affected by both global climate change and agricultural intensification.

As of November 2015, I began a new post-doctoral position in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana with Dr. Zachary Cheviron. In Montana I am working on two projects: 1) examining the adaptations of Black-tailed Godwits to high altitude migration, and 2) determining how populations of Deer Mice are regulated differently in extreme environments..

I received my B.A. from Carleton College in 2004 and spent the next year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow following the migration of Hudsonian Godwits from their breeding areas in Arctic Canada to their non-breeding sites at the southern tip of South America. In 2007, I began a PhD with John Fitzpatrick at Cornell University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. My dissertation work, completed in fall 2012, investigated how global climate change was differentially impacting two separate breeding populations of Hudsonian Godwits.

Nathan with HUGO
With a Hudsonian Godwit. Photo: Jay McGowan