A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Nate Mantua is an Associate Professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. His expertise revolves around climate dynamics and climate impacts on aquatic ecosystems. His research has focused on understanding the dynamics and consequences for natural variations in Pacific climate related to El Nino and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and climate impacts on Pacific salmon and marine ecosystems. He served on the Pacific Salmon Commission Panel on Fraser River Sockeye Declines, the US Fish and Wildlife Service Expert Panel on Marbled Murrelets, the Royal Society of Canada panel on Climate Change and Ocean Biodiversity, and the National Research Council's study of the Alaska Groundfish Fishery and Stellar Sea Lions. He received an Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from NOAA in 2000. For the past 3 years he has served as the Co-Director for the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group, an interdisciplinary research team dedicated to increasing the climate resilience for people and nature.
Mr. Mantua has a B.S. degree from the University of California at Davis, and a PhD from the University of Washington.