nathan j. zalik
Nate is a Wildlife Biologist in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Division. He joined the Wildlife Diversity team in February 2012 as State Wildlife Grants Coordinator. His responsibilities include planning, oversight, and coordination of cooperative wildlife conservation research projects.
Nate is a native of northwestern Pennsylvania. As a child, he was fortunate to live near State Game Lands and the Erie National Wildlife Refuge, where he enjoyed exploring, watching wildlife, and hunting in the nearby forests and wetlands. His interest in nature led him to pursue a B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State, which he completed in 2001. From there, he worked on a variety of wildlife research projects, including the Game Commission’s antlered deer study and projects investigating the population biology of songbirds and northern bobwhites. He then proceeded to receive a Master’s degree at the University of Vermont in 2007, where his thesis focused on the effects of agricultural management on nesting savannah sparrows. Prior to his hire as State Wildlife Grants Coordinator, Nate worked for a biological monitoring program in southern California, where he conducted surveys for birds, reptiles, and insects of conservation concern.
Nate enjoys bird watching, hiking, and nature photography. He is a member of The Wildlife Society and the American Ornithologists Union. Nate and his wife Anne live in New Cumberland.