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Nathaniel Springer

Nathaniel (he/him/his) is a senior scientist and economist working at the intersection of input-output economics, industrial ecology, and sustainability science. He specializes in the creation and application of future development scenarios using economic systems models. Nathaniel’s recent work has focused on assessing the sustainability of agricultural supply networks, exploring implications of physical and economic resource scarcity upon circular economic systems, assessing strategies for reduced air pollution and improved conservation outcomes, and identifying sustainable financing opportunities for greenhouse gas reduction.

Nathaniel holds a Ph.D. in Ecological Economics and an M.S. in Ecological Economic, Values and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Peace Studies from St. John’s University (MN). Before joining the Institute on the Environment, he has also worked at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis and the Department of Bioproducts and Bioengineering here at the University of Minnesota. Nathaniel is also an avid musician and outdoorsman, and enjoys playing the guitar and percussion as well as camping, backpacking, kayaking, and snowboarding.