Co-Director, JISAO Climate Impacts Group
Associate Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Nate Mantua's current research and teaching focus is on how climate impacts the ecosystem and society, and the applications of science to resource management. He is currently a Research Associate Professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and Adjunct Faculty in Atmospheric Sciences and Marine Affairs at the University of Washington (UW).
A significant part of Nate's research has been focused on documenting the human and ecosystem dimensions of climate variability for the Pacific Northwest region. Floods, droughts, snowpack, temperature, and streamflow are all aspects of climate that impact the natural resources of the Pacific Northwest. Since 1995 Nate has been part of JISAO's Climate Impacts Group, an on-campus interdisciplinary research team that has worked very hard to establish an ongoing dialogue with people in resource industries that might benefit from the "state-of-the art" climate monitoring and prediction. This project was one of the first of its kind, involving researchers in forestry, fisheries, atmospheric sciences, marine affairs, and hydrology. This effort has been funded by NOAA's Climate Program Office since 1995 as part of the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program.
For the past two years Nate has worked with the US Forest Service PNW Research Station on a half-time intergovernmental personnel agreement. His current research projects include studies of climate change impacts on the future of Pacific salmon, climate impacts on harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound, climate impacts on aquatic ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest, global warming and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), and understanding the past and future of upwelling and coastal climate in eastern boundary current systems like the California Current.
Nate received a BS from the University of California at Davis in 1988, and a PhD from the UW Department of Atmospheric Science in 1994. He spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Scripps Institute of Oceanography working on a pilot project for the International Research Institute for Climate Protection. In April 2000 he received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his climate impacts research and public outreach activities.