Nigel Golden

Nigel Golden


Nigel Golden received his PhD in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Graduate Fellow. As an Arctic ecologist, Nigel's dissertation research focuses on investigating how significant landscape changes and rapid warming will impact Arctic-adapted species using inventory, monitoring, and research. He conducts research on the demographics, genetics, and spatial variation of Arctic ground squirrels, a keystone species in Denali National Park, Alaska. He plans to develop models to forecast how the species will respond to climate change to support the National Park Service in their goal of sustaining healthy wildlife populations. His goal is to develop practical guidance for and work alongside wildlife and resource managers in Alaska in an adaptive management framework. Nigel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and began his academic journey at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Biology and cultivated a passion for conducting research in environmental conservation. Nigel is a strong advocate for directly naming and acknowledging the systemic realities and barriers of entry that have prevented the diversifying of the conservation movement. He hopes to continue creating spaces and sustainable practices where marginalized communities are able to come in, build coalition and claim ownership over whichever work is happening to create a more inclusive and equitable conservation movement.

Fellow at a Glance

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Academic Background:
University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD
Current Position:
Conservation Science & Biology

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