NRES About

Our Story

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science provides and applies knowledge of inter-relationships among people, living organisms, and the environment in our dynamic and changing world.

Our Mission

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) provides excellent and innovative teaching, research, and outreach programs that meet the needs of the citizens of Nevada, the Nation, and the World.

NRES offers 4 Bachelor of Science degree programs for undergraduate students: Ecohydrology, Environmental Science, Forest Ecology & Management & Wildlife Ecology & Management. These programs prepare students for careers that manage, conserve, and restore plants and animals on range and forest lands in Nevada, the West, and even around the world. Each of these degree programs also are available as minors. In addition, NRES collaborates with the Department of Agriculture Nutrition and Veterinary Science on the Bachelor of Science degree program in Rangeland Ecology & Management.

NRES faculty mentor graduate students in 4 graduate degree programs. A Master of Science degree is offered in our Natural Resources & Environmental Science Graduate Program. In addition, NRES faculty have graduate students in 3 interdisciplinary graduate programs at the University: Ecology Evolution & Conservation Biology Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (Ph.D. students only), Environmental Science & Health Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (both M.S. and Ph.D. students), and Hydrologic Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (both M.S. and Ph.D. students)

NRES students and faculty focus on the ecology, management, and environment of the Great Basin of the western United States, from the peaks and dense forests of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe in the west, to the Rocky Mountains in the east, and encompassing the vast complex of playa, salt desert, sagebrush steppe, pinyon-juniper woodlands, and pine forest islands that typify the Great Basin. In addition to our work close to home, NRES explores the global connectedness of environments, such as global climate change, intercontinental movements of pollutants by air and water, long-distance migrations of birds and mammals, and the international network of human travel, trade and cultural exchange. Thus, our research and teaching programs go well beyond the Great Basin to locations such as Alaska, Brazil, Central Asia, France, and Italy.

Details of our faculty and lab groups, research projects, curricula and courses, and outreach programs are available from links on this page. Browse them; if you have further questions, feel free to contact the main office of the Department or any individual faculty professor.