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I'm Nate!  
 
I'm Nate!  
  
These days I am a PhD candidate at the University of Washington. My research covers ecological analyses of online communication, lifecycles and governance in online communities, and the analysis of field experiments in online community platforms.  
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These days I am an PhD candidate at the University of Washington. My research covers ecological analyses of online communication, lifecycles and governance in online communities, and the analysis of field experiments in online community platforms.  
  
Many people invoke "ecosystem" as metaphor to emphasize complexity and interdependence in communication systems like the Internet.  However, there is also a huge natural science called "ecology"  which successfully learns about biological ecosystems.  Organizational sociologists and communication scientists have already appropriated theories, models and methods from ecology to understand interdependence between human organizations like firms and social movements.  I draw both from these social science literatures and from bio-ecology to understand how environmental contexts and interdependence between online communities shapes their growth, survival and organizing processes. My master's thesis (with Mako and Aaron) applied this approach using topic models to study competition between online petitions.
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Many people invoke "ecosystem" as metaphor to emphasize complexity and interdependence in communication systems like the Internet.  However, there is also a huge natural science called "ecology"  which successfully learns about biological ecosystems.  Organizational sociologists and communication scientists have already appropriated theories, models and methods from ecology to understand interdependence between human organizations like firms and social movements.  I draw models, analyzes, and experiments both from these literature in social science and from bio-ecology to understand how environmental contexts and interdependence between online communities shapes their growth, survival and organizing processes. My master's thesis (with Mako and Aaron) applied this approach using topic models to study competition between online petitions.
  
 
I grew up in Eastern Washington, where I worked in a glass Laboratory at [http://energyenvironment.pnnl.gov/staff/staff_info.asp?staff_num=669 PNNL] where I contributed to a number of material science papers. I went to college at [http://whitworth.edu Whitworth University] where  I received a double-B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2012.  As an undergrad I was part of a humble [https://www.whitworth.edu/academic/faculty/index.aspx?Username=kjones bioinformatics research group] and contributed to research in [http://hanj.cs.illinois.edu/pdf/sigmod11_tweninger.pdf structured search engines]. After this I worked at Microsoft for a couple of years where I did a number of small things mainly related to search suggestions for Bing multimedia. After this I briefly worked as a data science consultant in medical informatics.  
 
I grew up in Eastern Washington, where I worked in a glass Laboratory at [http://energyenvironment.pnnl.gov/staff/staff_info.asp?staff_num=669 PNNL] where I contributed to a number of material science papers. I went to college at [http://whitworth.edu Whitworth University] where  I received a double-B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2012.  As an undergrad I was part of a humble [https://www.whitworth.edu/academic/faculty/index.aspx?Username=kjones bioinformatics research group] and contributed to research in [http://hanj.cs.illinois.edu/pdf/sigmod11_tweninger.pdf structured search engines]. After this I worked at Microsoft for a couple of years where I did a number of small things mainly related to search suggestions for Bing multimedia. After this I briefly worked as a data science consultant in medical informatics.  

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