Phd, UC Merced - Environmental Systems
BS, UC Santa Cruz - Earth Sciences
Nate studies movement of water through the saturated and unsaturated zones as well as how plants use this water. Some of his research focuses on how the traditional practice of intercropping with deep rooted native shrubs in the West African Sahel can serve as pumps to transfer water from deep, moist soil layers to shallow-rooted food crops growing nearby during extreme drought. His other work involves studying how deficit and drip irrigation and management of cover crops can affect crop growth, water use, and carbon cycling in California’s Central Valley. Nate’s work has taken him to Senegal, France, and the throughout the Western US. Prior to entering academia, Nate worked as a geologist and scientist in the renewable energy, environmental, and water resources fields. Nate speaks near fluent French and loves living between and playing in the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.