Nathan J Hostetter, Ph.D.



  • Ph.D. Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, 2016, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Beth Gardner, Dr. Ted Simons co-advisors
  • M.S. Wildlife Science, 2010, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Dr. Daniel D. Roby advisor
  • B.S. Biology, 2002, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

Professional Experience:

  • POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ECOLOGIST,  USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, September 2016 - current                                                             
  • PH.D. GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT, North Carolina State University Raleigh, North, January 2013 – September 2016
  • ASSOCIATE BIOLOGIST, Real Time Research, Inc. January 2010 – December 2012
  • GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Oregon State University/USGS, March 2007 – December 2009
  • WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST (SEASONAL), Oregon State University/USGS, March 2006 – July 2006
  • WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST (SEASONAL), USFS Redwood Sciences Laboratory, May 2004 – September 2004 & March 2005 – December 2005

Professional Presentations:


  • Estimating abundance by integrating different sampling methods with varying spatial scales. *Hostetter, N.J, B. Gardner, A.T. Gilbert, K.A. Williams, and R.R. Veit. International Statistical Ecology Conference, 2015 [oral presentation]
  • Estimating marine bird abundance in offshore wind development areas: integrating boat and digital aerial surveys. *Hostetter, N.J, B. Gardner, H.F. Goyert, A.T. Gilbert, K.A. Williams, E.E. Connelly, M. Duron, and R.R. Veit. Ecological Society of America, 2015 [oral presentation]  E.C. Pielou award for best statistical ecology talk by a student
  • The influence of individual fish characteristics on survival and detection: consistent trends across two Salmonid species. *Hostetter, N.J., A.F. Evans, F.J. Loge, R. O'Connor, B.M. Cramer, D. Fryer, K. Collis. American Fisheries Society, 2015 [oral presentation]
  • Estimating American Oystercatcher abundance: spatially and temporally replicated counts.  *Hostetter, N.J., T.R. Simons, B. Gardner, 12 additional co-authors. American Oystercatcher Working Group Annual Meeting, 2013 [oral presentation]
  • Susceptibility of juvenile steelhead to avian predation: are birds only taking the sick and injured? *Hostetter, N.J., D.D. Roby, A.F. Evans, K. Collis, B.M. Cramer, and M. Hawbecker. American Fisheries Society, 2010 [oral presentation]
  • Relative vulnerability of Snake River steelhead smolts to avian predation in the Columbia River. *Hostetter, N.J., D.D. Roby, A.F. Evans, K. Collis, and M. Hawbecker. Pacific Seabird Group, 2009 [oral presentation] Runner-up for best student presentation
  • Relative vulnerability of threatened Snake River steelhead smolts to fish-eating birds nesting on the Columbia River. *Hostetter, N.J., D.D. Roby, A.F. Evans, K. Collis, M. Hawbecker, and B. Sandford. Western Division American Fisheries Society, 2009 [oral presentation]
  • Is avian predation on Snake River salmonid smolts additive or compensatory mortality? *Hostetter, N.J., D.D. Roby, A.F. Evans, K. Collis, and M. Hawbecker. Pacific Seabird Group, 2008 [oral presentation]
  • Selection of prey in sub-standard condition by piscivorous saterbirds in the Columbia River. *Hostetter, N.J., D.D. Roby, A.F. Evans, K. Collis, and M. Hawbecker. Pacific Seabird Group annual meeting, 2007 [poster presentation]


  • Managing American Oystercatcher population growth by targeting nesting season vital rates? *S.K. Felton, N.J. Hostetter, K.H. Pollock, T.R. Simons. Waterbirds, 2015 [oral presentation]
  • Avian densities, movements, and habitat use on the mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf. K. Williams and 18 co-authors. Waterbirds, 2015 [oral presentation]
  • Repeated count surveys help standardize multi-agency estimates of American Oystercatcher abundance. Hostetter, N.J., *T.R. Simons, B. Gardner, S.H. Schweitzer, R. Boettcher, A.L. Wilke, L. Addison, W.R. Swilling, K.H. Pollock. Waterbirds, 2015. [oral presentation]
  • Relationship between smolt condition and survival to adulthood in steelhead from the Columbia and Snake rivers: Do individual fish characteristics recorded at the time of out-migration matter? *A.F. Evans, N.J. Hostetter, D.D. Roby, and K. Collis. Western Division American Fisheries Society, 2013 [oral presentation]
  • Predation on juvenile salmonids in the Columbia River estuary by the west’s largest colony of double-crested cormorants. *A.F. Evans, D.D  Roby, K. Collis, D. Lyons, J. Adkins, Y. Suzuki,  P. Loschl, T. Marcella, D. Battaglia, N.J. Hostetter, and 4 additional co-authors. Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society, 2011 [oral presentation]
  • The use of digital imagery and mobile computer applications in PIT-Tagging studies. *B. Cramer, N.J. Hostetter, M. Hawbecker, A.F. Evans, and K. Collis. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission PIT Tag Workshop. 2011 [oral presentation]
  • Decrease of PCBs in hatchery-reared steelhead after release into the Snake River, Oregon. *Hyun-Min Hwang, H. Baek, J. Hobbs, D. Thompson, P. Green, F. Loge, N.J. Hostetter, D.D Roby, A.F. Evans. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – Northern California Regional Chapter. 2010 [oral presentation]
  • Co-author on +15 presentations not listed here. Full list available upon request.

Grants and Funding:

  • Evans, A.F., Collis, K. 2012. Caspian tern predation on Upper Columbia River steelhead: Retrospective analysis of juvenile salmonid acoustic telemetry systems (JSATS) data from 2008–2010. $19,000. Grant County Public Utility District. (Assisted with concept development, study design, and writing proposal. Co-author on final report).

Honors and Awards:

  • Ecological Society of America - E.C. Pielou award best student statistical ecology talk (2015)
  • Pacific Seabird Group - Best student presentation runner-up (2009)
  • Cooper Ornithological Society student membership award (2009)
  • Gardner-Webb Department of Natural Sciences Service Award (2002)

Referee Work:

  • Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • Ecology of Freshwater Fish
  • North American Journal of Fisheries Management
  • Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
  • Waterbirds

Teaching Experience:

  • GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT, Principles of Wildlife Sciences - FW 453/553, Instructors: Dr. Scott Mills and Dr. Beth Gardner, January 2015 – May 2015, North Carolina State University
  • GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT, Principles of Wildlife Sciences - FW 453/553, Instructor: Dr. Beth Gardner, January 2014 – May 2014, North Carolina State University
  • SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR, August 2006 - February 2007, Shaun Hawke supervisor, Los Angeles County Outdoor Science, School, Big Bear City, California

Professional and Community Service:

  • Participant - Inland Avian Predation Management Working Group (2012-13)
  • Participant - East Sand Island Double-crested Cormorant Management Working Group (2011-12)
  • Volunteer instructor - Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Outdoor Science School (2009)
  • Volunteer assistant for Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Yamhill Basin Watershed Council, and Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife: riparian restoration projects (2009)
  • Assisted  in  coordinating the  6th   annual  Research  Advances  in  Fisheries,  Wildlife,  and  Ecology Symposium - Oregon State University Fisheries and Wildlife graduate students (2008)
  • Volunteer with Feather River Coordinated Resource Management riparian restoration (2005)
  • Volunteer aid with North Carolina Department of Transportation: investigation of wetland endangered plant species for an Environmental Assessment (2001)
  • Organized tutoring sessions for 100- and 200-level General Biology, Microbiology, and General Chemistry courses at Gardener-Webb University (2000-2002)