Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science

A department of diverse faculty & students dedicated to solving critical environmental challenges with cutting-edge research.

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to educate, inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists. NRES faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research in the following areas:

In the News

forest management

Forest management research to help fight effects of climate change

Sarah Bisbing is building a Sierra Nevada-wide study to identify alternative forest management treatments that will improve conifer forest resistance and resilience to climate change.

desert tortois

Impact of climate change on the Desert Tortoise

Desert tortoise is the subject of a study to see how climate change affects its adaptability to a changing climate and to help with management practices.

rose Petersky working in the sagehen watershed.

Team uses 15-years of satellite imagery to study snow's comings and goings

Recent research and two published papers by a former graduate student Rose Petersky and her professors are shedding some light on the subject.