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.


Students pose for a photo holding their awards.


Three students win Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards
Matthew Borinshteyn ’25, Jennifer Lee ’23 and Avery MacLean ’22 received the 2022 Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards in recognition of their significant involvement in community service.
  • Agriculture Sciences Major
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
Two people sit in a boat on an Adirondack Lake


In 1975, New York officially recognized the Brook Trout as the state fish. A favorite of anglers and a symbol of the pristine Upstate wilderness, this species also contributes to New York State’s annual $2 billion freshwater fishing industry...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Little Moose Field Station
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
Wooden fence.


Funded projects this cycle reflect the Migrations initiative’s interdisciplinary priorities of racism, dispossession and migration in the United States and international, multispecies migration.
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Department of Global Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment