The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science is home to a dynamic group of faculty that are actively engaged in cutting-edge research on a diversity of topics in natural resources and environmental science.
Areas of specialization include (but are not limited to):

Biogeochemistry & Soil Processes
Climate-Change Ecology
Conservation Biology
Ecosystem Ecology
Ecohydrology
Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology
Fire Ecology
Forest Ecology & Management
Freshwater Science
Landscape Ecology
Plant Ecology & Ecophysiology
Natural Resource Management
Quantitative Ecology
Remote Sensing of Natural Resources
Restoration Ecology
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

Faculty in the department advise graduate students in four different graduate programs, each tailored to cover the diversity of graduate training and career goals:

  • Ecology Evolution & Conservation Biology - M.S. & Ph.D.
  • Environmental Science - M.S. & Ph.D.
  • Hydrologic Sciences - M.S. & Ph.D.
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Science - M.S. & Ph.D.

Prior to applying to any of these graduate programs, prospective students should email those departmental faculty that they wish to work with, summarizing their background, research interests and reasons why the particular faculty member is a good fit. Faculty will work with prospective students to determine which of the four graduate programs is best.

Students advised by departmental faculty will generally receive a 2- (M.S. degree) or 4-year (Ph.D. degree) funding commitment to support them during their studies. Funding commitments can include support from both graduate research assistantships and teaching assistantships.

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Natural Resources & Environmental Science

The mission of this departmental graduate program is to provide students with in-depth training in the management, conservation and restoration of natural resources and landscapes.

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Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology

The mission of this interdepartmental graduate program is to provide students with in-depth training in basic and applied aspects of the ecology, evolution and conservation of organisms and the ecosystems they inhabit.

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Environmental sciences

The mission of this departmental graduate program is to provide students with in-depth training in the management, conservation and restoration of natural resources and landscapes.

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Hydrologic Sciences

The mission of this interdepartmental graduate program is to provide students with in-depth training in the critical fields of surface and subsurface hydrology.