“I’m hoping to find collaboration for others at UNK, so other students and faculty can find similar opportunities.” – Nate Bickford, associate professor of biology
By TODD GOTTULA
KEARNEY – Nate Bickford has been accepted to the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program Roster and will collaborate with other faculty and researchers in spring 2018 at Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
Bickford is associate professor of biology at University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he specializes in raptor research, aquatic ecology, agricultural and landscape conservation.
The Fulbright Specialist Program – part of the larger Fulbright Program – sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as short-term experts at academic institutions abroad. Fulbright Specialists spend two to six weeks assisting host institutions with curriculum improvement, seminars and workshops, faculty or workforce development, institutional planning and collaborative research in a variety of fields.
While in Finland, Bickford will focus on wildlife research and a climate change study involving the goshawk. He also will continue work on sustainability issues in the Arctic.
“This is a great opportunity to meet and work with new researchers and students,” Bickford said. “It also is a chance to introduce UNK to other universities. I’m hoping to find collaboration for others at UNK, so other students and faculty can find similar opportunities.”
Bickford’s addition to the Fulbright Specialist Roster places him among a pool of candidates who may be matched to a project over the next three years at host institutions in more than 150 countries.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs oversees and administers the program with World Learning.