Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
• Interdisciplinary Science, Systems Science/Ecosystems, Operations Research
• Complex Adaptive Systems, Data Science, Integrated Risk Analysis,
• Predictive Analytics, Artificial Intelligence/Machine-Learning
• Food Security/Insecurity, Renewable Resources, Industrial Ecology, Sustainability,
• Environmetrics, Sustainability Metrics, Footprint Analysis, Life-Cycle Assessment
• Downscaling/Upscaling of Ecological Processes
Nathaniel is a strong lateral learner and systems thinker. His education is strongly interdisciplinary. His work addresses public-good food-water-energy nexus issues and tackles broad, integrated, complex global problems (e.g., climate change) to help support and advance global sustainable development. He completed a B.Sc. (Hon.) in mathematics and physics, a M.Sc. in astrophysics, and a Ph.D. in resource management and environmental studies, with post-doctoral training at the Department of Mathematics in Applied Mathematics (IAM) and the Pacific Institute of the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) based at University of British Columbia (UBC) in mathematical ecology. He has worked as a Visiting Scientist with the Edgerton Research Laboratory (Boston, MA), as an international scientific consultant, and as a lecturer at UBC in Biology, Operations Research/Mathematical Programming, and Environmental Statistics. He currently works as a Research Scientist in Environmental Health within the Science and Technology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Government of Canada) and is based at the Summerland Research and Development Centre in the Okanagan. He has served as an adjunct professor in statistics with the University of British Columbia (UBC) (2008-2016), and is currently an adjunct professor in geography with the University of Victoria (UVic). He is a member of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES) and the American Statistical Association (ASA).