Nathan Kiel (he/him/his)

Credentials: PhD Student - Turner Lab


I study the effects of fire on forests and plant communities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to understand how changing climate and increasingly frequent, more severe fire may impact forest ecosystems across the western US. I am also developing a teaching module that I will implement in undergraduate classrooms on biogeochemical cycling in the context of forest fires and climate change.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in iBio?

I decided to pursue a graduate degree in iBio because of the research opportunities. Nowhere else was I able to find the ability to study what I wanted (plant community and landscape ecology) in such cool and well-studied landscapes (Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks) with one of the leading researchers in the field.

What do you love about the program?

I love the community I’ve found in iBio, which is full of wonderful, caring, and exceptional graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Fun Fact: My left ring finger is shorter than my right ring finger because of a bowling accident I had when I was 11!

Educational background: 

B.S. Conservation Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY