Nathan grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee in the valley of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. His interests in marine life started from reading books and watching documentaries as a kid. He earned his Open Water Certification while in high school and spent 3 weeks diving off of Baja Mexico in 11th grade reaffirming his passion in the ocean environment. He earned a B.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami in 2015. As a student, his research focused on marine conservation efforts and the numerous issues around global fisheries. He spent 6 months in Miami working for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration after graduation, looking into the relation between management measures and landed value of commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. Nathan started his Master’s degree here in the Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability in the fall of 2016, working for Rashid Sumaila in the Fisheries Economic Research Unit. His research primarily focuses on conducting an economic analysis of a BC wide genomic-study of Coho salmon that aims to more effectively identify different conservation units of Coho as they are caught, to redirect pressure off of vulnerable stocks in mixed-stock fisheries.