Launch of a new doctoral program in natural resources and environmental sciences


Natural resource management and environmental science are fundamental for the production of food, fuel and fiber, as well as for ensuring water and air quality, and for the sustainability of ecosystems. Yet in Nevada, there has not been a doctoral program to provide the state with the kind of advanced knowledge, research, and skills needed to help address the complex challenges the state faces in balancing uses and management of important resources such as water, forests, fauna and other ecosystems of the Grand Bassin. Until now. The University has launched its new doctoral program in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

This program, launched by the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, is designed to train experts in ‘translational science’, which goes beyond interdisciplinary and cross-cutting research to include stakeholders and land managers throughout the research process – from project initiation, through publication of research, and in communicating results to the non-academic community to have immediate and lasting impact in the real world.

“We have developed the doctorate. program with the aim of preparing students to meet critical regional and global needs in applied ecology and management of natural resources, as well as more generally in the field of environmental sciences, ”said Jonathan Greenberg, professor associate in the department and director of the program. “We also wanted to develop a program that represents all the diversity and transversal nature of the research carried out by the professors of the department.”

During the program, students will address cutting-edge academic questions with their research, but their work will have an applied focus that connects them to stakeholders, management, and policy decisions. They will have to write a professional and publishable thesis on their research, contributing to the body of knowledge in the field.

“This degree program is inherently multidisciplinary and capitalizes on the wide range of expertise offered by our nationally recognized faculty in natural resources and environmental sciences,” said Bill Payne, Dean of the College. “There is no doubt in my mind that this program will have a significant impact not only in Nevada, but in other parts of the country and around the world.”

Payne said the program was approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents in December. And, it has previously been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to accredit post-secondary institutions and programs, based on performance, integrity and quality.

The program will officially launch this fall, with five students enrolled in the program. Applications for registration for the fall semester will be accepted until April 15. However, students can apply for enrollment in fall 2022 until December 1 of that year. Students interested in applying for admission to the program must hold a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific field from an accredited higher education institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Apply for the program on the University’s Graduate School webpage.


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