The Little St. Simons Island Naturalists offer a host of daily interpretive excursions to immerse our guests in the ecology of Georgia’s barrier islands and the plants and wildlife that can be found in this diverse environment. Lively discussions and hands-on experiences will craft memories lasting well beyond the vacation experience. Whether Bird watching, hiking through the diversity of island habitats, kayaking the tidal waters, bicycling the island’s roads, fishing the surf or tidal waters, our gifted Naturalists will lead you through memorable and enriching experiences to savor for years to come.
Originally from Southern Ohio, Nate spent much of his time there exploring the forests and creeks of the Appalachian foothills. Nate then went on to obtain his B.S in Natural Sciences from Shawnee State University. Before coming to Little Saint Simons, Nate worked for The Ohio State University’s F.T Stone Laboratory located on Lake Erie where he worked as a research assistant on the Lake Erie water snake project. Nate started as a Naturalist for Little Saint Simons in October 2015 and transitioned to Naturalist Manager in January 2020.In his free time Nate enjoys birding and herping as well as, fishing, hiking, and hunting.
Emily is from Santa Barbara California where she grew up exploring tide pools, hiking in the Santa Ynez mountains, and camping. From a young age she developed a love for the natural world, and since pursued an education learning how to protect it. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2019 where she researched species diversity across environmental gradients and helped to track mountain lions with the Santa Cruz Puma Project. As a student she also worked in renewable energy marketing, environmental education, and land stewardship. In her free time she enjoys running, backpacking, and working on art projects. She is excited to share her passion for conservation with others as a naturalist at Little St. Simons Island.
Tyler was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin where he cultivated a strong passion for the outdoors through fishing and canoeing the lakes of Wisconsin and Minnesota. This passion continued to grow as he received a B.S. in Environmental and Field Biology from Ohio Northern University. During his studies, Tyler had the opportunity to participate in research on stream communities across Ohio, as well as a lichen survey of the ONU campus. Upon graduating, Tyler worked on a native brook trout conservation project in northern New Hampshire before moving to coastal North Carolina to teach environmental education. After returning to school, Tyler earned a M.S. in Biology from Plymouth State University in May 2019 with his thesis research focused on the effects of biomedical bleeding and early environment on circatidal rhythms of horseshoe crabs. In addition to his passion for nature, Tyler loves traveling, hiking, running, and sports.
Katie hails from North Carolina, where the Blue Ridge Mountains sparked her passion for the outdoors. A 2019 graduate of Appalachian State University, Katie earned her degree in Environmental Science with double minors in Biology and Spanish. She found her passion for salamanders and herpetology while in college when she interned as a Naturalist with the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. She followed this with undergraduate research in the Nantahala National Forest on terrestrial salamanders, where she assisted in a ten-year mark-recapture and led a study on the impacts of this research on its subjects. Before joining the Naturalist Team, Katie worked as an Assistant Park Ranger at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in North Carolina. When she’s not at work, Katie likes hiking, camping, and “herping” around the southeast.
Nick grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts, seemingly born with an overwhelming curiosity about the natural world. That curiosity eventually developed into a passion, particularly when it comes to botany and ornithology. He graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA with a degree in Environmental Science in 2018. Before joining the naturalist team, he’d spent several field seasons working with nesting shorebirds like Piping Plovers and Least Terns, worked seasonally at a banding lab, and wrote a thesis on interdunal swale plant communities, all in coastal Massachusetts. In fact, prior to starting on Little St. Simons Island, he’d never lived or worked anywhere besides Massachusetts, but couldn’t be more excited to be here! For fun, Nick enjoys bird watching, foraging, brewing, hiking, and photographing plants and wildlife.
Alli grew up in southern New Jersey, where she acquired a love of birds and wildlife at a young age on trips to the Jersey shore. She followed that passion through college and earned a B.S. in Wildlife Science from SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY in 2016 and has since been working with endangered shorebirds all along the east coast. Prior to joining the team on LSSI, Alli spent four years working with the threatened birds of Southwest Florida, including conducting research on urban burrowing owls and managing a citizen science nest monitoring program. When not at work, Alli can be found crafting and crocheting, or birding at local hotspots.