Nate Pollesch is a Mathematician and postdoctoral researcher with the USEPA and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He earned his PhD in Mathematics and concurrent MS in statistics from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in 2016 while completing graduate research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Nate’s current research focuses on developing quantitative approaches for the protection of wildlife and management of natural resources. His active research areas include mathematical ecology and ecotoxicological modeling, network analysis for adverse outcome pathways, and the mathematical structure of multi-criteria assessments. Nate is a dedicated science advocate. Upon moving to Duluth in 2016, he co-founded Café Scientifique Twin Ports, and he enjoys exploring creative communication strategies to share science and mathematics. Outside of math and science, you can find Nate playing music, board games, or adventuring on the north shore of Gichigami.