Nathaniel Furey

Phone: (603) 862-0675
Office: Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall Rm 134, Durham, NH 03824
Nathan Furey Professor Dept of Biological Sciences

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.


  • 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

Courses Taught

  • ZOOL 772: Fisheries Biology

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

Healy, S. J., Hinch, S. G., Bass, A. L., Furey, N. B., Welch, D. W., Rechisky, E. L., . . . Miller, K. M. (2018). Transcriptome profiles relate to migration fate in hatchery steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) smolts. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 75(11), 2053-2068. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2017-0424

Bearzi, G., Kerem, D., Furey, N. B., Pitman, R. L., Rendell, L., & Reeves, R. R. (2018). Whale and dolphin behavioural responses to dead conspecifics. Zoology, 128, 1-15. doi:10.1016/j.zool.2018.05.003

Healy, S. J., Hinch, S. G., Porter, A. D., Rechisky, E. L., Welch, D. W., Eliason, E. J., . . . Furey, N. B. (2017). Route-specific movements and survival during early marine migration of hatchery steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss smolts in coastal British Columbia. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 577, 131-147. doi:10.3354/meps12238

Furey, N. B., & Hinch, S. G. (2017). Bull Trout Movements Match the Life History of Sockeye Salmon: Consumers Can Exploit Seasonally Distinct Resource Pulses. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 146(3), 450-461. doi:10.1080/00028487.2017.1285353

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

Furey, N. B., Dance, M. A., & Rooker, J. R. (2013). Fine-scale movements and habitat use of juvenile southern flounderParalichthys lethostigmain an estuarine seascape. Journal of Fish Biology, 82(5), 1469-1483. doi:10.1111/jfb.12074

Sulikowski, J. A., Galuardi, B., Bubley, W., Furey, N. B., Driggers, W. B., Ingram, G. W., & Tsang, P. C. W. (2010). Use of satellite tags to reveal the movements of spiny dogfish Squalus acanthias in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 418, 249-254. doi:10.3354/meps08821

Frederich, M., O'Rourke, M. R., Furey, N. B., & Jost, J. A. (2009). AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in the rock crab, Cancer irroratus: an early indicator of temperature stress. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212(5), 722-730. doi:10.1242/jeb.021998

Rooker, J. R., Simms, J. R., Wells, R. J. D., Holt, S. A., Holt, G. J., Graves, J. E., & Furey, N. B. (n.d.). Distribution and Habitat Associations of Billfish and Swordfish Larvae across Mesoscale Features in the Gulf of Mexico. PLoS ONE, 7(4), e34180. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034180

Most Cited Publications