I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles where my love of biology began with hikes in the grassy foothills and floodplains near my home. A high school dropout, I attended a community college then transferred to UCLA in 2000. In 2002, I earned a degree in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from UCLA. Importantly, I met Dr. Peggy Fong who changed the course of my life. I completed my doctoral work with her in 2011.
After earning my Ph.D. in Biology, I held postdoctoral positions with UCLA and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In 2017, I brought my wife and three kids to Pennsylvania to take a faculty position with Bloomsburg University. Trained as a marine ecologist, I switched gears to study local wetlands so I could readily involve undergraduate and graduate students in research.
As a practitioner of the Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism, I have deep compassion for all beings. My Dharma practice informs my teaching methods, conservation-based research as well as efforts to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
A brief overview of my career by Nathan Green