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Preferred Pronouns

he, him, his

Undergraduate Institution

Hiram College


University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment; Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


Graduate Research Assistant

Current Location

Tucson, AZ

Personal Interests

  • the outdoors
  • going to shows
  • listening to music

Professional Interests

  • Conservation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Social/Environmental Justice and Equity
  • Water Quality or Watershed Management
  • Wildlife, Ornithology, Endangered or Threatened Species

Zach Nemec, a former DDCSP NAU scholar, completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio) in May 2016. A month later, he started a Graduate Research Assistantship at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He works under the supervision of Dr. Scott Bonar; who is the unit leader of USGS Arizona Fish and Wildlife Cooperative and an associate professor at the University of Arizona. Zach's thesis consists of developing habitat suitability criteria for native fishes in several central Arizona streams. Also he is investigating the relationship of riparian vegetation on fish communities in the desert southwest. Zach along with several other graduate students  help mentor University of Arizona undergraduate students who are a part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative. He has presented at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Desert Fishes Council Annual Meeting, and the Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Fisheries Society. Zach has also been involved in several side projects such as a microplastic study and an endangered Gila Topminnow survey in the Santa Cruz River. Zach's future career goals is to protect and manage aquatic ecosystems for the wildlife and communities that depend on them.