Nathan is an environmental scientist with a diverse background. His education includes an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology with minors in Chemistry and Geology, and a Masters of Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Conservation Biology. Nathan’s extensive work experience includes an internship with the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water where he performed numerous biological/physical stream surveys that were used to develop the Headwater Habitat Evaluation Index. He continued to build his experience within the conservation and management arenas by serving as a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he tested the potential for a new radar technology to accurately predict aboveground biomass as well as assist in the development of the Oak Ridge Reservation Invasive Plant Management Plan. This was followed by a brief stint serving as an environmental research scientist at a consulting firm in Denver. Nathan currently works for the Boulder County Parks and Open Space as a natural resource technician working on invasive plant management and general preserve stewardship activities. Nathan’s passion for the outdoors is demonstrated through his active participation in various activities including hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and kayaking. He also loves traveling and experiencing diverse ecosystems and cultures; some of his most memorable trips include study abroad programs in San Salvador, Bahamas, Salvador, Brazil, and Costa Rica.