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Thomas Nuhfer

NE CASC Graduate Fellow
Ph.D. Candidate
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

I'm interested broadly in plant biogeography, invasion ecology, and range shifts in response to climate change.  My current work focuses on applying invasion risk assessment methods to range shifting native plants in the Northeast to assist managers with restoration. I work with large data sets to identify global patterns in plant movement and invasions. In addition to my work in ecology, I have a background in the history of scientific thought and travel. I'm interested in how human conceptions of place and origin shape the relationships we have with each other and the landscapes we live in. 


B.A.: Biology/Ecology & History, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, 2020
Certificate in Data and the Humanities, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, 2020


Resource Coordinator, Conservation Corridor, University of Michigan, 2022-2023
Genetic Testing Analyst, Holstein Association USA, 2021-2022
Research Assistant, Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger, University of Minnesota, 2021
Research Assistant, Traveler's Lab, Wesleyan University, 2018-2019