Our vision

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment is a world leader in scholarship addressing social and ecological dimensions of natural resources and the environment to improve environmental sustainability, promote the well-being of communities, and ensure access to sustainable energy and environmental resources.

What we work on

We create knowledge and facilitate learning to improve society’s stewardship of the environment and promote a conservation ethos for a sustainable planet.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion

We are a diverse department of researchers, educators, students and staff that seek science-based solutions to environmental problems and sustainable natural resource management. In our research, teaching and outreach, we recognize that the acknowledgement and respect of all stakeholders’ perspectives is essential for achieving just and sustainable solutions to today’s environmental problems.

Read more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

News

Kailee Tomas ’26, an environment and sustainability major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, uses a lighter to melt plastic litter collected from the Mohawk River watershed. The litter is attached to the canvases in the shape of the river, over a collage of newspaper articles about the Haudenosaunee people past and present.

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Art brings science to life along the Mohawk River

Through the capstone course Art and Science of the Mohawk River Watershed, a group of environment and sustainability majors studied the river through the lenses of art, science and culture, deepening their understanding of a complex natural...

  • Nature
  • Natural Resources
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
A bobcats face with the forest behind it.

News

With thousands of strategically placed cameras covering more than 27,000 square miles in central and western New York, Cornell biologists show that bobcat populations remain critically low.

  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Animals
  • Environment
white tailed deer bounding through a field

News

Deer hunters were more likely to be swayed by social media messages about the potential risks of chronic wasting disease if they came from a source they believed aligned with their own views and values.

  • Communication
  • Animals
  • Natural Resources and the Environment