NRES Research

Research to sustain natural resource and environmental security for society in a dynamic world.

In order to provide economic, societal, and environmental security in a dynamic and changing environment, NRES faculty engage in basic and applied research that focus on:

  • Broad, interconnecting processes in coupled human-natural systems
  • Science-based, sustainable management of natural resources
  • Conservation and restoration of ecosystem services and environmental resilience
  • Strategies to manage and mitigate environmental contaminants
  • Informing policy and land use decisions that contribute to economic sustainability and development

NRES faculty conduct research over a wide range of scales:

  • Taxonomically, from micro-organisms to plants (grasses, shrubs, trees) to animals (birds, small mammals, wildlife, livestock)
  • Geographically, from regional (i.e. the water-limited Great Basin and eastern Sierra) to national to international

Specific areas of research include:

  • Services and processes in managed ecosystem, including:
    • Production of food, fuel, and fiber for human use
    • Managing resources for sustainable economic development
    • Fluxes across spheres (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere)
    • Coupled carbon, water, nutrient cycles among organisms, water, air, soil
  • Natural and human-induced impacts, including:
    • Wildland fire
    • Global climate and earth system changes
    • Extreme events: climate (drought, floods), pollutants
  • Restoration of altered landscapes
  • Biodiversity and conservation of managed ecosystems, including:
    • Animals, microbes, plants
    • Adaptive potential and distribution of species
    • Endangered species
    • Invasive species
    • Landscape genomics
  • Environmental quality of water, air, soils, including:
    • Fate, transport, and impacts of environmental contaminants
    • Environmental impacts of water management & resource development
    • Water sustainability