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Nathan Schunk

Graduate Student | Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources | North Carolina State University

2023 – 2024 Global Change Research Fellow

Statement of purpose:

I grew up in rural area in Minnesota situated along the Mississippi river known as the “driftless” region. It is a known for its picturesque bluffs and valleys and lack of glacial deposit referred to as “drift’, hence the name. Living in an environment surrounded by well-managed river systems and forests fostered a deep love for nature and our ever-changing environment. Unfortunately, this region has been deeply affected by drastic changes in temperatures causing increased flooding, severe weather events, and deficiencies in soil nutrients. The same problems that my hometown is facing, are also affecting the southeast and the state I currently reside in, North Carolina.

Description of research:

I am interested in assisting the Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) center in researching the connections between phosphorus management and water quality, habitat management, and climate mitigation. For example, research in water quality degradation as a result of inadequate phosphorus management would allow us to report on the impacts to habitats and health in the southeast region. In addition, this would allow stakeholders to help in the creation of proper mitigation, resiliency, and adaptation policies and procedures.

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Faculty Advisor:

Justin Baker (Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU)