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Nathan Stephenson

   Research Ecologist

Nathan Stephenson
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field Station
47050 Generals Highway #4
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9651
Phone: (559) 565-3176
Fax: (559) 565-3177
Email: nstephenson@usgs.gov
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Bio

Nate Stephenson’s roots in the Sierra Nevada go back five generations, and he has spent much of his life hiking and fishing in the mountains. Over the last two decades, much of his research has focussed on fire ecology, giant sequoia ecology, and restoration of forests that have been altered by prolonged fire exclusion. Nate's ongoing role as director of USGS's Sierra Nevada Global Change Research Program complements his research interests in the climatic controls of forest dynamics and vegetation distribution. He is author of the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project chapter on the scientific basis for sequoia grove management.
 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Biogeography
  • Community ecology
  • Environmental management
  • Fire ecology
  • Forest ecology
  • Global change biology
  • Global climate change
  • Land management
  • Landscape ecology
  • Plant ecology
  • Population biology
  • Restoration ecology

EDUCATION
  • Ph.D., Ecology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1988
  • B.S., Biology, University of California, Irvine, CA 1979

PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARY SOCIETIES AND SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEES
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • California Botanical Society
  • California Native Plant Society
  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Association for Vegetation Science

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Research Ecologist, USGS, Western Ecological Science Center, 1996 - present
  • Board of Directors, Sierra Nature Notes (non-profit educational organization), 2000 - present
  • Station Leader, Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station, USGS, Western Ecological Science Center, 1996 -1998
  • Member, Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project (congressionally-mandated), 1994-1996
  • Steering Committee, Global Change Research Program, National Biological Service, 1994
  • Research Ecologist, National Park Service, 1993 - 1996
  • Program Peer Reviewer, Biospheric Feedbacks to Climatic Change, U.S. EPA, Corvallis, OR, 1990
  • Research Ecologist, National Park Service, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA, 1987-1993
  • Research Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Kenya, 1985 - 1986
  • Planetary Biology Intern, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 1984
  • Research Associate, University of California, Panama, 1983 - 1984

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