Professor Nathan Swenson: Eco-Curiosity that Drives a Career

Author: Lily Brouder

Nathan Swenson

From being a self-described “outdoorsy kid” to becoming a full-time researcher of forest biodiversity, Professor Nathan Swenson has dedicated his career to studying trees.  His transformative experience began as an undergraduate at St. Olaf College, when he took a month-long field course on desert ecology. “What was wonderful about that course was the field experience where we were asked as undergrads to come up with our own research questions and try and gather some rudimentary data to answer them,” the biologist said.  “That really led me to dive all in on ecology.” …

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