Faculty in Residence

Research Scholar in Residence

Dr. Nate Nibbelink
Assistant Professor, Forestry & Natural Resources

UGA Costa Rica’s Spring 2011 Research Scholar in Residence   

Dr. Nate Nibbelink is an Assistant Professor in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources where he teaches courses in the application of spatial technologies to problems in natural resource management and ecology. His research focuses on modeling animal movement and habitat use under environmental change and how these models can be integrated into geographic information science (GIS) tools to help manage ecosystems. “Natelab” students work on a variety of projects involving river otters in Alaska, wolves in Wisconsin, Bonobos in Congo, birds in Costa Rica, and a variety of species in the southeastern U.S.  In Costa Rica, Dr. Nibbelink will be teaching “Spatial Analysis for Integrative Natural Resource Problem-Solving.”            continue Nate Nibbelink's Bio


Research Scholar in Residence: Description

UGA Costa Rica campus is located within the Pájaro Campana Biological Corridor (PCBC), which spans from the cloudforests that straddle the continental divide following three major watersheds through approximately 664km2 on the way down to the mangrove forests along the shores of the Gulf of Nicoya. In an effort to develop on-going research in the Corridor, UGA Costa Rica has initiated a Research Scholar in Residence program.


The UGA Costa Rica Research Scholar in Residence will spend 4 months (January – April) at the UGA Costa Rica campus with the purpose of writing grant proposals to develop long-term research projects based at the UGA Costa Rica campus. In addition to grant writing, the Research Scholar in Residence’s academic responsibilities will entail interacting with students and faculty on the Spring Semester study abroad program to explain their research interests, and meeting with scientists, government officials, and representatives from non-governmental organizations to establish local partners for participation in their research programs.  The Research Scholar in Residence is expected to produce at least one deliverable grant proposal upon completion of their residency at UGA Costa Rica.


To apply for the Spring 2012 UGA Costa Rica Research Scholar in Residence Fellowship, please submit a cover letter, a 500-word maximum project description, and a CV to the UGA Costa Rica Director by April 30, 2011. The application should clearly state which grants will be targeted as well as the intended research to be carried out and how it will contribute to the PCBC.  The application process will also require an interview with the selection committee. The decision for the Spring 2012 Fellowship will be announced in July 2011.