Nathan Furey Professor Dept of Biological Sciences

Nathan Furey

Phone: (603) 862-0675
Office: Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall Rm 276, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: He/him/his

Our group conducts research in fish ecology and animal movements. We primarily try to understand the motivations and consequences of fish movements through space and time. We are also interested in predator-prey interactions, bioenergetics, and landscape ecology. To study these topics, we use a variety of techniques including telemetry (putting an electronic tag on or in an animal to follow its movements), diet analyses, bioenergetics models, and geographic information systems (GIS).

We conduct research on various taxa, mostly fishes, across the globe. This includes Pacific salmon in British Columbia, fishes in the high Arctic, Atlantic salmon among other fishes in New England, Gulf of Maine crustaceans, and even dolphins in the Mediterranean.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research
  • MEFB 772/872: Fisheries Biology
  • MEFB 799H: MEFB Honors Senior Thesis
  • ZOOL 708: Stream Ecology
  • ZOOL 710: Sharks and Bony Fishes
  • ZOOL 710/810: Sharks and Bony Fishes
  • ZOOL 772/872: Fisheries Biology
  • ZOOL 810: Sharks and Bony Fishes


  • Ph.D., Forestry, University of British Columbia
  • M.S., Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Texas A & M University
  • B.S., Marine Biology; Environmental Science, University of New England

Research Interests

  • Animal Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Bioenergetics
  • Ecology
  • Fish and Fisheries
  • Fisheries Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Zoology
  • Migratory Animals and Birds
  • Telemetry

Selected Publications

  • Furey, N. B., Armstrong, J. B., Beauchamp, D. A., & Hinch, S. G. (2018). Migratory coupling between predators and prey. NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 2(12), 1846-1853. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0711-3

  • Furey, N. B., Hinch, S. G., Mesa, M. G., & Beauchamp, D. A. (2016). Piscivorous fish exhibit temperature-influenced binge feeding during an annual prey pulse. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 85(5), 1307-1317. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12565

  • Furey, N. B., Hinch, S. G., Bass, A. L., Middleton, C. T., Minke-Martin, V., & Lotto, A. G. (2016). Predator swamping reduces predation risk during nocturnal migration of juvenile salmon in a high-mortality landscape. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 85(4), 948-959. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12528

  • Clark, T. D., Furey, N. B., Rechisky, E. L., Gale, M. K., Jeffries, K. M., Porter, A. D., . . . Hinch, S. G. (2016). Tracking wild sockeye salmon smolts to the ocean reveals distinct regions of nocturnal movement and high mortality. ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 26(4), 959-978. doi:10.1890/15-0632

  • Furey, N. B., Vincent, S. P., Hinch, S. G., & Welch, D. W. (2015). Variability in Migration Routes Influences Early Marine Survival of Juvenile Salmon Smolts. PLOS ONE, 10(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139269

  • Furey, N. B., Dance, M. A., & Rooker, J. R. (2013). Fine-scale movements and habitat use of juvenile southern flounder Paralichthys lethostigma in an estuarine seascape. JOURNAL OF FISH BIOLOGY, 82(5), 1469-1483. doi:10.1111/jfb.12074

  • Furey, N. B., & Rooker, J. R. (2013). Spatial and temporal shifts in suitable habitat of juvenile southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma). JOURNAL OF SEA RESEARCH, 76, 161-169. doi:10.1016/j.seares.2012.08.007