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Natural Resources

Field Description

Graduate training emphasizes developing broad-based knowledge necessary to manage natural resources. The Field of Natural Resources encompasses a broad range of sub-disciplines, including:

•  Applied Ecology
•  Conservation Biology
•  Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
•  Fishery and Aquatic Science
•  Forest Science
•  Quantitative Ecology
•  Wildlife Science
•  Community-based Natural Resources Management
•  Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
•  Policy and Institutional Analysis
•  Program Development and Evaluation
•  Risk Analysis and Management

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research oriented, and each requires a thesis or dissertation. Students are normally expected to obtain the M.S. or equivalent degree before entering the Ph.D. program. A Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree is available for students whose interests are not primarily research-oriented.

The Field of Natural Resources provides freedom to design a graduate program that addresses the individual interests of students. Excellent laboratory and field facilities are available. Many graduate students in the field also pursue international research topics.

The graduate program in natural resources is highly individualized and interdisciplinary. Students work with faculty advisors to identify course requirements and to define a research or professional project. In order to be admitted, a faculty member must express interest in supervising a prospective student, therefore it is important to correspond with potential faculty advisors during the application process.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.dnr.cornell.edu/cals/dnr/graduate/index.cfm
Email: cms44@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3730

111D Fernow Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • applied ecology
  • community-based natural resources management
  • conservation biology
  • ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry
  • fishery and aquatic science
  • forest science
  • human dimensions of natural resources management
  • policy and institutional analysis
  • program development and evaluation
  • quantitative ecology
  • risk analysis and management
  • wildlife science

Natural Resources

  • applied ecology
  • community-based natural resources management
  • conservation biology
  • ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry
  • fishery and aquatic science
  • forest science
  • human dimensions of natural resources management
  • policy and institutional analysis
  • program development and evaluation
  • quantitative ecology
  • risk analysis and management
  • wildlife science

Faculty

Shorna R. Allred - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; forest science; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation Research Interests: human dimensions of natural resource management with emphasis on forest and water resources; conservation-related attitudes and behavior; forest resource policy
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; risk analysis and management Research Interests: poverty-environment relationship; natural resources management in developing country agriculture; tropical biodiversity conservation; environment and development economics
Bernd Blossey - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science; forest science Research Interests: forest and wetland ecology; impact of invasive species; plant-insect interactions; biological control; management of multiple stressors
Evan G Cooch - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; quantitative ecology; risk analysis and management Research Interests: wildlife ecology and management; population dynamics; population modeling; quantitative methods; theoretical ecology
Paul D Curtis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; conservation biology Research Interests: wildlife damage management; wildlife policy and conflict resolution; extension program development
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; program development and evaluation Research Interests: human dimensions of wildlife management
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; wildlife science Research Interests: population ecology; disease ecology
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; conservation biology; program development and evaluation; quantitative ecology Research Interests: behavioral ecology; ornithology; ecology; entomology
Concentrations: Natural Resources: ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; forest science Research Interests: dynamics of forest ecosystems
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science Research Interests: stream ecology; fish ecology; food web and ecosystem ecology; tropical ecology and conservation
Angela K. Fuller - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; conservation biology; quantitative ecology Research Interests: wildlife ecology and management; landscape ecology; conservation biology; decision analysis
Thomas Alan Gavin - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: conservation biology Research Interests: conservation biology
Matthew P. Hare - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: conservation biology; fishery and aquatic science Research Interests: conservation genetics; phylogeography; population genetics
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science; policy and institutional analysis; risk analysis and management Research Interests: aquatic science; resource policy and management; environmental management; biochemistry; aquatic ecosystem science; application of science to environmental management; coastal marine ecology; watershed science and management
James R. Jackson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: fishery and aquatic science Research Interests: fisheries ecology; fisheries management; fish population assessment; fish conservation
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis Research Interests: bio-cultural diversity; indigenous cultures and change; climate change and its impacts; community economic development; gender analysis; human ecology; indigenous knowledge (ways of knowing)
Barbara A Knuth - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; risk analysis and management Research Interests: resource policy and evaluation; human dimensions of natural resource management
Clifford E Kraft - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science Research Interests: fish ecology; ecology of lakes and streams; aquatic resource conservation and management
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; program development and evaluation Research Interests: civic ecology; urban environmental stewardship; environmental education; environmental learning in stressed communities
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; conservation biology Research Interests: ecoagriculture; forest ecology and management; environmental conservation and sustainable development; international studies
David R. Lee - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; risk analysis and management Research Interests: public policy analysis; applied econometrics and quantitative analysis
John E Losey - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology; human dimensions of natural resources management Research Interests: Conservation Biology, Applied Ecology, Citizen Science
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; conservation biology; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; Agriculture and Life Sciences: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; conservation biology; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation Research Interests: Evaluation of the environmental and social effects of adopting voluntary sustainability standards in the agriculture, forestry, and tourism sectors;Participatory and community-based monitoring of agricultural and forestry production systems; Synergies and tradeoffs between crop productivity and environmental outcomes in agroecological production systems;Relationships between site-scale management of production systems and landscape- and watershed-scale flows of ecosystem services and other benefits; Landscape approaches to reconciling food production, conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and livelihood improvement;Roles of non-state mechanisms (especially voluntary sustainability standards and corporate sustainability initiatives) in mainstreaming sustainable production and consumption practices;Innovations in biodiversity monitoring and assessment methods, particularly for applications such as land-use planning, environmental impact assessment, and biodiversity offsetting; and Innovation in monitoring and evaluation practices and systems, including new technologies for data collection, management, and visualization to support adaptive management.
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; conservation biology Research Interests: conservation ecology; vertebrate conservation; marine conservation; remote sensing and telemetry; spatial analysis and GIS;forest biodiversity conservation; amphibian and reptile ecology
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; conservation biology; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; wildlife science Research Interests: wildlife conservation; ecology
Amanda Rodewald - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology Research Interests: community ecology, population ecology, conservation biology, avian ecology, urban ecology, wildlife management
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology; quantitative ecology; wildlife science Research Interests: capture-recapture methods, bayesian analysis
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; fishery and aquatic science; quantitative ecology Research Interests: fish biology; fisheries management; aquatic ecology; limnology
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; community-based natural resources management; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; quantitative ecology Research Interests: wetlands; integrated water resource management; landscape ecology; hydrology
Jonathon Schuldt - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: human dimensions of natural resources management; risk analysis and management Research Interests: public opinion, environmental communication, message framing, environmental attitudes and behavior
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; risk analysis and management Research Interests: experimental economics; environmental and resource economics and policy
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; fishery and aquatic science; human dimensions of natural resources management; quantitative ecology; Agriculture and Life Sciences: risk analysis and management Research Interests: fisheries aquatic and marine ecosystems;natural resource management; applied statistics; risk assessment and risk management
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis; program development and evaluation; risk analysis and management Research Interests: linkages between social and ecological systems; natural resource and community interactions; natural resources; environmental sociology; human dimensions of natural resource management
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; fishery and aquatic science; quantitative ecology; risk analysis and management Research Interests: quantitative population and community dynamics; natural resource assessment and modeling; biostatistics; marine and freshwater fisheries
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology; fishery and aquatic science Research Interests: population genetics, evolutionary genomics, rapid adaptation,molecular ecology, fisheries, conservation
Todd Walter - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry; fishery and aquatic science; quantitative ecology Research Interests: ecohydrology; water resources; pollutant fate-transport; watershed modeling; biogeochemistry
Concentrations: Natural Resources: forest science
Concentrations: Natural Resources: applied ecology; conservation biology; quantitative ecology
Steven A Wolf - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: community-based natural resources management; conservation biology; human dimensions of natural resources management; policy and institutional analysis Research Interests: environmental policy; agricultural development; conservation planning; innovation and technical change; institutional analysis
Joseph B Yavitt - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Natural Resources: ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry Research Interests: ecology of forest and wetland ecosystems; biogeochemistry