Natural Resources

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $20,800; professional degree: $30,785

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 15; spring, Sept. 30

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test (US students only)
  • curriculum vita (CV)

Degrees

  • M.P.S.
  • M.S.
  • M.S./Ph.D.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S.)
  • Natural Resources (M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • applied ecology
  • community-based natural resources management
  • conservation biology
  • ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry
  • fishery and aquatic science
  • forest science
  • human dimensions of natural resources management
  • policy and institutional analysis
  • program development and evaluation
  • quantitative ecology
  • risk analysis and management
  • wildlife science

Graduate training emphasizes developing broad-based knowledge necessary to manage natural resources. The Field of Natural Resources encompasses a broad range of sub-disciplines, including:

•  Applied Ecology
•  Conservation Biology
•  Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
•  Fishery and Aquatic Science
•  Forest Science
•  Quantitative Ecology
•  Wildlife Science
•  Community-based Natural Resources Management
•  Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
•  Policy and Institutional Analysis
•  Program Development and Evaluation
•  Risk Analysis and Management

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research oriented, and each requires a thesis or dissertation. Students are normally expected to obtain the M.S. or equivalent degree before entering the Ph.D. program. A Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree is available for students whose interests are not primarily research-oriented.

The Field of Natural Resources provides freedom to design a graduate program that addresses the individual interests of students. Excellent laboratory and field facilities are available. Many graduate students in the field also pursue international research topics.

The graduate program in natural resources is highly individualized and interdisciplinary. Students work with faculty advisors to identify course requirements and to define a research or professional project. In order to be admitted, a faculty member must express interest in supervising a prospective student, therefore it is important to correspond with potential faculty advisors during the application process.

Christopher Barrett -- Concentrations: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; risk analysis and management; Research interests: poverty-environment relationship; natural resources management in developing country agriculture; tropical biodiversity conservation; environment and development economics
Barbara Bedford -- Concentrations: applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; Research interests: ecology of wetland ecosystems; plant community ecology; biogeochemistry; hydrology; environmental policy; wetland resource conservation and management
Antonio Bento -- Concentrations: policy and institutional analysis; Research interests: environmental economics; energy policy; climate change; land-use change
Bernd Blossey -- Concentrations: forest science; applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science; Research interests: forest and wetland ecology; impact of invasive species; plant-insect interactions; biological control; management of multiple stressors
Shorna Broussard Allred -- Concentrations: forest science; community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; Research interests: human dimensions of natural resource management with emphasis on forest and water resources; conservation-related attitudes and behavior; forest resource policy
Brian Chabot -- Concentrations: forest science; Research interests: physiological ecology; maple sugar management; maple sugar production
Evan Cooch -- Concentrations: wildlife science; applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; quantitative ecology; risk analysis and management; Research interests: wildlife ecology and management; population dynamics; population modeling; quantitative methods; theoretical ecology
Paul Curtis -- Concentrations: wildlife science; applied ecology; conservation biology; community-based natural resources management; Research interests: wildlife damage management; wildlife policy and conflict resolution; extension program development
Daniel Decker -- Concentrations: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; program development and evaluation; Research interests: human dimensions of wildlife management
Janis Dickinson -- Concentrations: wildlife science; applied ecology; conservation biology; quantitative ecology; community-based natural resources management; program development and evaluation; Research interests: behavioral ecology; ornithology; ecology; entomology
Mitchell Eaton -- Concentrations: wildlife science; applied ecology; conservation biology; quantitative ecology; risk analysis and management; Research interests: wildlife ecology and management; species and habitat modeling; decision analysis methods
Timothy Fahey -- Concentrations: forest science; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; Research interests: dynamics of forest ecosystems
William Fisher -- Concentrations: fishery and aquatic science; Research interests: fisheries ecology; stream ecology; GIS
Alexander Flecker -- Concentrations: applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science; Research interests: stream ecology; fish ecology; food web and ecosystem ecology; tropical ecology and conservation
Angela Fuller -- Concentrations: wildlife science; applied ecology; conservation biology; quantitative ecology; community-based natural resources management; Research interests: wildlife ecology and management; landscape ecology; conservation biology; decision analysis
Matthew Hare -- Concentrations: wildlife science; conservation biology; fishery and aquatic science; Research interests: conservation genetics; phylogeography; population genetics
Robert Howarth -- Concentrations: applied ecology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science; policy and institutional analysis; risk analysis and management; Research interests: aquatic science; resource policy and management; environmental management; biochemistry; aquatic ecosystem science; application of science to environmental management; coastal marine ecology; watershed science and management
James Jackson -- Concentrations: fishery and aquatic science; Research interests: fisheries ecology; fisheries management; fish population assessment; fish conservation
Karim-Aly Kassam -- Concentrations: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; Research interests: bio-cultural diversity; indigenous cultures and change; climate change and its impacts; community economic development; gender analysis; human ecology; indigenous knowledge (ways of knowing)
Barbara Knuth -- Concentrations: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; risk analysis and management; Research interests: resource policy and evaluation; human dimensions of natural resource management
Clifford Kraft -- Concentrations: applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science; Research interests: fish ecology; ecology of lakes and streams; aquatic resource conservation and management
Marianne Krasny -- Concentrations: community-based natural resources management; program development and evaluation; Research interests: civic ecology; urban environmental stewardship; environmental education; environmental learning in stressed communities
James Lassoie -- Concentrations: applied ecology; conservation biology; community-based natural resources management; Research interests: ecoagriculture; forest ecology and management; environmental conservation and sustainable development; international studies
David Lee -- Concentrations: community-based natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; risk analysis and management; Research interests: public policy analysis; applied econometrics and quantitative analysis
John Losey -- Concentrations: applied ecology; conservation biology; human dimensions of natural resources management; Research interests: Conservation Biology, Applied Ecology, Citizen Science
Stephen Morreale -- Concentrations: wildlife science; applied ecology; conservation biology; community-based natural resources management; Research interests: conservation ecology; vertebrate conservation; marine conservation; remote sensing and telemetry; spatial analysis and GIS;forest biodiversity conservation; amphibian and reptile ecology
Amanda Rodewald -- Concentrations: wildlife science; applied ecology; conservation biology; Research interests: community ecology, population ecology, conservation biology, avian ecology, urban ecology, wildlife management
Lars Rudstam -- Concentrations: applied ecology; fishery and aquatic science; quantitative ecology; Research interests: fish biology; fisheries management; aquatic ecology; limnology
Rebecca Schneider -- Concentrations: applied ecology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; quantitative ecology; community-based natural resources management; Research interests: wetlands; integrated water resource management; landscape ecology; hydrology
William Schulze -- Concentrations: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; risk analysis and management; Research interests: experimental economics; environmental and resource economics and policy
Richard Stedman -- Concentrations: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; risk analysis and management; Research interests: linkages between social and ecological systems; natural resource and community interactions; natural resources; environmental sociology; human dimensions of natural resource management
Patrick Sullivan -- Concentrations: applied ecology; fishery and aquatic science; quantitative ecology; risk analysis and management; Research interests: quantitative population and community dynamics; natural resource assessment and modeling; biostatistics; marine and freshwater fisheries
Todd Walter -- Concentrations: applied ecology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science; quantitative ecology; Research interests: ecohydrology; water resources; pollutant fate-transport; watershed modeling; biogeochemistry
David Winkler -- Concentrations: wildlife science; applied ecology; conservation biology; quantitative ecology; Research interests:
Steven Wolf -- Concentrations: conservation biology; community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; Research interests: environmental policy; agricultural development; conservation planning; innovation and technical change; institutional analysis
Joseph Yavitt -- Concentrations: ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; Research interests: ecology of forest and wetland ecosystems; biogeochemistry

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Thomas Gavin -- Concentrations: conservation biology; Research interests: conservation biology
Edward Mills -- Concentrations: fishery and aquatic science; Research interests: large lakes ecology; freshwater foodwebs; invasive species; and biological limnology
Milo Richmond -- Concentrations: applied ecology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; community-based natural resources management; Research interests: reproduction and population biology of mammals and birds; terrestrial ecology

Ph.D Degree Proficiencies:

A candidate for a Ph.D degree in Natural Resources is expected to demonstrate a broad based knowledge in Natural Resources Management and demonstrate a mastery of knowledge in one of the following sub-disciplines:
    • Applied Ecology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
    • Fishery and Aquatic Science
    • Forest Science
    • Quantitative Ecology
    • Wildlife Science
    • Community-based Natural Resources Management
    • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
    • Policy and Institutional Analysis
    • Program Development and Evaluation
    • Risk Analysis and Management

Furthermore, the Ph.D candidate should demonstrate their ability to create new knowledge, as well as make an original and substantial contribution to the focal sub-discipline in a timely fashion.

M.S. Degree Proficiencies:

A candidate for a M.S. degree in Natural Resources is expected to demonstrate the ability to develop a mastery of knowledge in one of the following sub-disciplines:
    • Applied Ecology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
    • Fishery and Aquatic Science
    • Forest Science
    • Quantitative Ecology
    • Wildlife Science
    • Community-based Natural Resources Management
    • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
    • Policy and Institutional Analysis
    • Program Development and Evaluation
    • Risk Analysis and Management

Furthermore, the M.S. candidate should demonstrate their developing ability to create new knowledge in a focal sub-discipline in a timely fashion.

M.P.S. Degree Proficiencies:

A candidate for a M.P.S. degree in Natural Resources is expected to demonstrate knowledge in one of the following sub-disciplines:

    • Applied Ecology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
    • Fishery and Aquatic Science
    • Forest Science
    • Quantitative Ecology
    • Wildlife Science
    • Community-based Natural Resources Management
    • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
    • Policy and Institutional Analysis
    • Program Development and Evaluation
    • Risk Analysis and Management


Learn more about the assessment plan for the graduate field of natural resources.