We take a multidisciplinary approach to tackle the biggest challenges of our time.
Unique among peer institutions in the United States, the breadth of disciplinary expertise in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment – from ethics and social sciences to conservation genetics and applied ecology – creates a stimulating multidisciplinary atmosphere for our students, staff, faculty and visiting scholars. We have strong collaborative ties across Cornell University, other universities, governmental agencies, and leading environmental and conservation organizations.
Consistently ranked among the top college environmental programs in the nation, we contribute creative and impactful science and education to address many of the urgent environmental issues of the 21st century. We provide essential information to communities, conservation and environmental professionals, policymakers, educators and researchers worldwide.
226 Mann Drive
111 Fernow Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone for general inquiries:
(607) 255-2821 or (607) 255-2822
Fax: (607) 255-0349
Founded in 1911
The department was founded by Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1911 as the Department of Forestry.
Originally built in 1915, the department’s home, Fernow Hall, underwent a major renovation in 2014 and is now LEED Gold certified.
Early faculty members wrote foundational textbooks that shaped the field of natural resources as we know it.
Twenty-five faculty and academic staff from nine Cornell colleges and units are Engaged Faculty Fellows for the 2023-24 academic year, with projects dedicated to advancing community-engaged learning at Cornell and within their respective fields.