Nate’s interest in wildlife took on a new dimension at GMC—he’s working on a statewide study on fishers under the tutelage of biology lab manager Carol Shaw.
Nate’s interest in wildlife and the outdoors has found a new outlet at GMC: developing a wildlife management plan for one of the most elusive predators in Vermont.
A senior from the upstate New York town of Ilion, is one of three Laymons to attend Green Mountain College. His twin sister, Maegan, is also a student and his older brother, Ryan, is a 2013 alumnus.
“I discovered GMC through Ryan. I was recruited to play soccer and I was also interested in the natural resource management (NRM) major. After talking with NRM professor Jim Harding, it was a no-brainer.”
Since he enrolled at GMC, Nate had added minors in animal studies and geology.
“I’m an animal studies minor because I’m specifically interested in the wildlife aspect of land conservation,” he said. “Being in Boy Scouts my whole life I fostered an appreciation for being outdoors and managing the land.”
Nate’s interest in wildlife has taken on a new dimension at GMC—he’s working on a statewide study on fishers under the tutelage of biology lab manager Carol Shaw. Shaw has been interested in this animal for a long time – she suspects that the fisher’s exposure to domestic pathogens (perhaps those carried by domestic dogs and cats) could ultimately lead to a pandemic and loss of critical populations of these predators. That’s where Nate comes in.
He prepares fisher cat skins obtained from incidental deaths, such as vehicle collisions, to be used for the study. For his Delicate Balance project next year, he’ll use the data to develop a conservation management plan for the species in Vermont.