Nate likes to duck under bushes, squeeze in between boulders, and balance on logs in the forest. He takes pictures of brightly colored wild mushrooms and other fungi that pop up as if by magic after rainstorms. It rains a lot in his home of Tacoma, Washington, so he has plenty of chances. He knows most fungi are very good for forests, but if a new fungi from another ecosystem enters the scene, it can be a problem. He’s helping save oaks in the Northwest from ramorum blight by spotting symptoms on trees early and learning everything he can about tree ecology .