Thank you for visiting my site! My name is Nathan W. Byer, and I am currently the Research and Database Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. With the Metroparks system, I help prioritize, design, and analyze research projects in Northeast Ohio. I also serve as a contractual reseracher with the University of Nevada - Reno in the lab of Dr. Marjorie Matocq where I work closely with the NSF GUTT-C and GEM3 teams.
I completed my PhD in Wildlife Ecology in December 2019, where I was advised by Dr. Zach Peery. While my dissertation research focused on developing evaluating the roles of climate and land use change for sensitive turtles in the Midwestern United States, I now work on projects related to desert tortoise conservation and landscape genomics, pygmy rabbit landscape genomics and dispersal patterns, mojave ground squirrel landscape genetics, and simulation-based explorations of demography and behavior. As likely illustrated from this list of projects, much of my research focuses on harnessing rigorous fieldwork, cutting-edge laboratory tools, and custom simulations to address pressing questions related to wildlife conservation. Beyond more applied questions, I am also highly interested in approaches for disentangling complex ecological systems using simulation-based abstractions.
If any of this sounds interesting, feel free to explore the tabs above, and if there are any questions, feel free to email me.
This website is currently under construction, so check back for more updates!