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Nate Drag

 
 
Nate Drag

 


American Studies
nwdrag at buffalo edu
 

Research interests

  • Environmental policy concerning the relationship of communities within the Great Lakes and the Lakes themselves
  • Role of oral history within environmental history

Personal statement

After years of life guarding on Lake Erie and expanding many horizons in college at SUNY Potsdam and a cross country RV trip, Nate completed his Maters in Urban Planning at the University Buffalo in May 2008. Since moving to the Queen City of the Great Lakes, Buffalo, NY, Nate has worked for a variety of local and regional nonprofit organizations. These groups include the Elmwood Village Association and Great Lakes United. Nate also enjoys spending time with his dog, Kaya, trying to start acoustic reggae bands, and kayaking. Nate is in his second year in the University at Buffalo's ERIE IGERT program as a doctoral  candidate in the Department of American Studies.

The belief that any successful environmental policy must be rooted in a community that has an intimate appreciation and understanding of its local surroundings, both natural and social, is a result of his experience in community development and environmental planning. With this belief, Nate is specifically interested in researching environmental policy that deals with the relationship of communities the Great Lakes and the Lakes themselves. Understanding the political and social cultures of the United States, Canada, and indigenous nations of North America is key to determining the best way to restore and protect our Great Lakes.

Education

  • BA in Politics, minor in Environmental Studies (SUNY Potsdam, 2005)
  • Masters in Urban Planning (MUP) (University at Buffalo, 2008)

Publications / Presentations

Drag, N. (2010, March). Two Different Exits: Niagara Falls as a Case Study in the Differences Between North American Cities and Highway Lane Miles per Capita. Paper
presented at the annual Crossing Borders, Niagara Falls, NY

Drag, N.(2010, March). Giving a Voice to the Great Lakes: Placing the Great Lakes in North American Environmental History through Oral History. Poster session presented
at the annual American Society for Environmental History Conference, Portland, OR

Drag, N. (2009, October) Participant in the Conference for Sustainability IGERTs 2: Social-Ecological Transformations and Sustainability, October 8-10, 2009, Hosted by
ASU’s IGERT Fellows in Urban Ecology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Drag, N.(2009, April). Great Lakes Diplomacy: A Case Study in the Evolution of Binational Environmental Diplomacy and Governance. Poster session presented at the annual Great Lakes Research Consortium's Great Lakes Day, Albany, NY

Drag, N. (2009, March). Great Lakes Diplomacy: A Case Study in the Evolution of Binational Environmental Diplomacy and Governance. Paper presented at the annual Crossing Borders Conference, Brock University, St. Catherines, ON.

Drag, N. (2009, March). Great Lakes Diplomacy: A Case Study in the Evolution of Binational Environmental Diplomacy and Governance. Poster session presented at the annual Great Lakes Research Consortium Student/Faculty Conference, Syracuse, NY.