Nathan Kiel

Credentials: PhD Student 2019 - Present

Phone: nkiel @

Twitter: @even_kiel25


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Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Forest, plant, and fire ecology; remote sensing; effects of climate change on plant communities in forest ecosystems; pedagogy and course development

Current Projects

How short-interval fires impact forest ecosystems, with emphasis on the herbaceous plant community; quantifying post-fire tree regeneration via remote sensing techniques; plant community composition in areas of poor forest recovery; developing, implementing, and assessing a teaching module on forest ecosystem ecology and biogeochemical cycling

Selected Publications

Kiel, N. G., Griffiths, G. R., and McGee, G. G. (2020). Can disruption of an ant-plant mutualism explain lack of recovery of forest herbs in post-agricultural forests of New York? Northeastern Naturalist 27(2):215-228.

Kiel, N. G., and M. G. Turner. 2022. Where are the trees? Extent, configuration and drivers of poor forest recovery 30 years after the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. Forest Ecology and Management 524:120536.

Personal Interests

Most of my interests stem from my love of the outdoors. I hike and backpack as often as I can, enjoy running, and have a desire to spend more time paddling and rock climbing. I also like visiting professional and semi-professional sports stadiums (primarily baseball), traveling, reading, writing poetry, seeing live music, and playing guitar. My most recent fascination (obsession?) is visiting as many Wisconsin State Natural Areas as I can.

Contact Information

434 Birge Hall
430 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

e-mail: nkiel @