Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Adaptive Management
  • Agroforestry (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Applied Ecology (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Aquatic Ecology (M.S.)
  • Bio-Atmospheric Interactions (M.S., Ph.D)
  • Climate Assessment and Impacts (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Environmental Studies (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Geographic Information Systems (M.S.)
  • Great Plains Studies (M.S.)
  • Human Dimensions (M.S., Ph.D)
  • Hydrologic Sciences
  • Remote Sensing (M.S.)
  • Soil Sciences (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)
  • Water Resources Planning and Management (M.S.)

Natural Resource Sciences

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Natural Resource Sciences in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE. See also: department score requirements.
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of purpose
  • CV or Resume
  • Letter of Support from your potential advisor

Application Deadline

   Rolling admissions; for more information contact the department or refer to the SNR Application Procedure and Deadlines page for details.

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The School of Natural Resources offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in natural resource sciences. The broad diversity of climate, habitat, hydrology, soils, and near-surface and subsurface geology across Nebraska provides a multitude of opportunities for field studies in each of these areas. Faculty also conduct research in other states and countries.

Excellent laboratory, computer, and field facilities are available for performing up-to-date analyses in all resource areas, as well as water chemistry, GIS, geophysics, computer modeling, remote sensing, and geospatial image analysis. State, federal, and private natural resource organizations provide unique opportunities for cooperative research and degree-related work.

Additional areas of study include: agroecosystems; carbon sequestration; conservation biology; cycling of natural and human-made chemicals; drought mitigation; environmental biophysics; environmental microbiology; environmental soil microbiology, chemistry and physics; fisheries management and ecology; geology; geomorphology and soils; geospatial analysis; global climatic change; global positioning systems; grassland ecology and management; ground water; high plains climate; human-wildlife conflicts; hydrologic modeling; isotope hydrology; lake ecology; landscape ecology; micrometeorology; natural resources economics; natural resource planning and management; natural resources law; riparian systems; rural sustainability; severe weather; simulation modeling; soil moisture; soil restoration; stewardship; surface water systems; urban habitats; water quality and chemistry; wetlands; and woodland habitats.

Courses and More

Students in Natural Resource Sciences are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Fish and Wildlife; Biological Invasions; Spatial Ecology
Spatial Theory; Quantitative Analysis; Environment and Behavior
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Aquatic ecosystems; Ecological-social systems; Ecological Communities and ecosystem processes
Political; Settlement; Computer Cartography; Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Plant Physiology; Leaf Gas Exchange; Plant Ecology
To help agricultural related decision makers increase the efficiency of using climate information through the development and/or improvement of user-friendly, scientifically robust decision support tools.
Environmental Law; Water Resource Managemen
Biodiversity in Wildlife; Human Behavior toward Conservation; Wildlife Community Ecology; Natural Ecosystems; Humans and the Environment Conservation, Wildlife Conservation
Agroforestry; Shelterbelts; Ecology; Crop Response to Shelter; Sustainable Agriculture and Societies
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Groundwater-Level Monitoring; Natural Resources Policy
Aquatic Ecology; Limnology; Water Quality
Stratigraphy (layers of rock or sediment), tectonics (the structure of the Earth's crust), mineral resources, the developmental stresses on resources and geologic history
Felipe Chavez-Ramirez vCard icon
Avian Ecology; Wintering Ecology; Threatened and Endangered Species
Aquifer Tests; Riparian Zone Hydrogeology; Contaminants Transport Modeling
Soil and Water Chemistry; Environmental Soil Analysis; Organic Chemicals
Science Literacy, systems thinking, student learning about matter and energy, learning progression research, climate change education, teaching and curriculum development, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, nutrient cycling
Thomas DeLiberto vCard icon
Wildlife Diseases
Climate Variations; Severe Weather Safety; Climate Assessment and Impacts
Geology of western and north-central Nebraska; Upper Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic geology, mostly in Nebraska, and invertebrate fossils
Mike Dosskey vCard icon
Riparian Ecology
William Easterling vCard icon
Aris Efting vCard icon
Song Feng vCard icon
Regional and global climate variations; climate modeling; Paleoclimate change
Adaptive Management; Avian Migration; Avian Nesting Biology; Human Impact Biology; K-12 Natural Resource Education
Mammalian Biology; Morphology; Zoology
Drought Early Warning; Drought Assessment; Applied Climatology; Agricultural Drought
Conservation Ecology
Disturbance effects on ecosystem function; Climate change impacts in northern latitude ecosystems; Remote sensing for sampling terrestrial ecosystem composition and function; Detecting plant biochemical responses with non-contact optical methods
Remote Sensing of Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems
James Goeke vCard icon
Groundwater Geology; Drinking Water
Groundwater Chemistry; Environmental Isotopes; Water Relationships; Hydrology
Lance Gunderson vCard icon
Todd Halihan vCard icon
Geomorphology and Landforms; Climate Change; Physical Geography of Nebraska and Great Plains
Mark Harrell vCard icon
Water Resources
Precipitation Indexes; Drought Mitigation; Risk Analyses
Physiological Responses of Plants to Insect Injury; Tiger Beetles; Pest Management; Forensic Entomology
Aquatic Ecology; Water Quality; Pesticides; Limnology
Rick Holland vCard icon
John Holz vCard icon
Lake Water Quality, Lake/Reservoir Restoration, Aquatic Ecology
Precipitation Variations; Climatology
Weather Monitoring; Climate Modeling; Evapotranspiration
Technology Transfer; Wildlife Control and Damage; Wildlife Ecology
Sedimentology and stratigraphy
Ecotoxicology; Behavioral Biology; Conservation Biology
Ayse Kilic vCard icon
Crop Modeling; GIS; Precision Agriculture
Plant and Ecosystem Ecology
Physical and Human Aspects of Water Management; Drought Risk Management; Environmental Perceptions and Justice
Robert Kuzelka vCard icon
Management and Policy in the Missouri River Ecosystem; History and Operations of Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts
Nebraska Soils and Clays; Environmental Soil Analysis; Paleosols; Waste Management
Wayne Landis vCard icon
Climate Change and Variability; Hydrometeorology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions; Limnology
Ruopu Li vCard icon
Xiaomao Lin vCard icon
Remote Sensing Surface Energy Balance Modeling; Micrometeorology and Land-Surface Interation Modeling; Statistical Climatology and Statistics in Extreme Climate Change
Terry Loecke vCard icon
Soil heterogeneity, carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, terrestrial and isotope biogeochemistry, agroecology, urban ecology, ecosystem modeling, and ecosystem ecology
Developing Online Earth Systems Sciences Courses
Jeffrey Lusk vCard icon
Factors influencing the population dynamics of upland game; Annual variation in abundance
Laurie Marker vCard icon
Cheetah Conservation
Pablo Marquet vCard icon
Macroecology, Complexity theory, Metapopulation theory, and Conservation Biology
Remote Sensing; GIS; Environmental Studies; Land Use and Cover
Remote Sensing; GIS; Environmental Studies
Climate Modeling; Climate Change and Variability; Paleoclimatology; Land-Atmosphere Interactions; Climate Diagnostics
Piotr Parasiewicz vCard icon
River Science and Restoration Engineering
Fishery Ecology and Management; River Ecology; Aquatic Nuisance Species; River Restoration
Ecotourism; Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
Fishery Ecology and Management
Wildlife Population Ecology; Avian Ecology; Conservation Biology
Pathoecology; Palynology; Archaeoparasitology; Human Dimensions
Watershed Hydrology
Consuelo Romero vCard icon
The use of ENSO-based seasonal climate forecast and crop/soil modeling to improve farmers' decision making on crop and soil management
Remote sensing
Bridget Scanlon vCard icon
Impact of Climate Variabliy and Land Use Change on Groundwater Recharge; Controls on Nitrate Contamination in Aquifers
Michele Schoeneberger vCard icon
Agroforestry; Diversified productive conservation practices
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Irrigation Technology Choice
Xenobiotics; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Soil Analysis
Climate Variability and Change; Redox Chemistry and Microbial Chemicals
The transport and reaction of solutes in soils; methods to rapidly measure soil hydraulic properties; analysis of carbon tetrachloride hydraulic properties
Environmental Analytical Chemistry; Redox Chemistry and Microbial Respiration
Water Quality; Non-Point Source Contamination; Volatile Organic Chemicals
Climate Change; Carbon Flux
Sedimentology; Stratigraphy; Petrology
Watershed Hydrology; Watershed Modeling; Water Development
Drought Monitoring; Data Mining Techniques
Stream Ecology; Ecosystem Ecology; Biogeochemistry
Statistical Ecology; Simulation Modeling; Population Dynamics and Ecology
Elizabeth VanWormer vCard icon
Wildlife Epidimiology
Kurt Vercauteren vCard icon
Wildlife Damage Management and Wildlife Disease, with Emphasis on Deer and Elk and Well as Wildlife Rabies
Atmospheric trace gas dynamics, carbon sequestration (storage in plants, soil or other places) and micrometeorology
Jason Vokoun vCard icon
Resource selection of aquatic species; statistical modeling of habitat use; fisheries sampling issues dealing with sample size/effort; fish movement and migration; effects of recreational fishing on fish populations; conservation of stream ecosystems
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Waterfowl ecology and management and aspects of human dimensions and waterfowl hunting
Field-Based Remote Sensing; Bioatmospheric Interactions
Land Use and Cover; Drought; Biogeography; Climate-Vegetation Interactions; Remote Sensing; GIS
Micropaleontology; Marine Geology; Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology
Ecosystem Science; Forest and Grassland Ecology; Ecoydrology
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Crop Stimulation Modeling
Fish biology and ecology, particularly with reference to the impact of alien fishes and the influence of anthropogenic factors on aquatic ecosystems.
Drought; Climate Assessment and Impacts; Human Dimensions
Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples; Great Plains; Geographical and Historical Epistemology
Climatology; Hydrometeorology; GIS; Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing; Geographic Information Science

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