Nate earned his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont in 2015. During summer semesters, Nate worked as an intern for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Lisa Kerr. His work there aimed to characterize the demographic characteristics of an anadromous Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) population, and provide a comparison of age structures. Following graduation, Nate spent two years working as a technician for the Lake Michigan Biological Station and later the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. In Florida, Nate executed field and lab components of a multidisciplinary fisheries-independent monitoring program that sampled offshore habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nate began his master’s degree at the Gulf Coast Research Lab during the fall of 2017 under the advisement of Robert Leaf. His thesis topic will analyze an aspect of how fishing effort may influence life-history characteristics of an economically important species.