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.


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Meet our faculty: Ginger Allington
Academic focus: Landscape ecology and social-ecological systems. Research summary: My research is focused on measuring, mapping and modeling how ecosystems are changing over space and time in response to pressures from human uses and climate...
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Climate Change
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Field Note

  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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Three students and a recent graduate have won national scholarships that will prepare them for future global leadership and careers in STEM and public service. A fifth student received an honorable mention.

  • Department of Global Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Environment