Daniel Nidzgorski fell in love with ecology out in the deep woods, though his research these days finds him in Saint Paul's urban forest. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, studying nutrient cycling (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus) in urban and suburban landscapes. His research compares different urban tree species to see if they can help reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus entering local waterways and causing noxious algae blooms. He is also working with the Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project to quantify opportunities to reduce household nutrient pollution and increase nutrient recycling. Daniel enjoys using urban ecology to bring science out into public view and right into people's neighborhoods, where he gets many questions about why he’s digging holes in the city parks or collecting leaves from the street gutters He is a member of Public Art Saint Paul's City Art Collaboratory project, bringing scientists and artists together to explore how we relate to the environment and the Mississippi River. He is also passionate about working to increase diversity and inclusion in science and engineering, including founding Minnesota Queer Science to help shatter the glass closet.
Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, Minnesota, United States of America