As the NRSS research associate and outreach coordinator, Nate oversees a variety of research projects related to conservation in working agricultural landscapes. His research interests include how people in the Midwest view the land and shape their relationships to it. His current and past projects have studied lakeshore homeowners’ perceptions of water quality, the effect of sense of place on BMP adoption, attitudes toward Hellbender salamanders, and identification of catalyst events for watershed group formation.
Nate graduated with a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 2007 and a M.S. in Forestry & Natural Resources from Purdue University in 2011. In addition to his recent work at Purdue, he has served as the watershed projects coordinator for the Friends of Sugar Creek and the conservation director for the Indiana Smallmouth Alliance.