UNR launches Ph.D. program in natural resources & environmental science

UNR launches Ph.D. program in natural resources & environmental science
Nevada desert. Image: Ty O'Neil

RENO – Five students are already enrolled in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new doctoral program in natural resources and environmental science, set to launch this fall. The program was approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents in December and has received accreditation as well through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The new Ph.D. program falls within the university’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources, which already offers a handful of doctoral programs along with bachelors and masters degree offerings.

Despite a variety of degree programs offered, the college said this program “is designed to train experts in “translational science,” which moves beyond interdisciplinary, cross-cutting research to include stakeholders and land managers throughout the entire research process – from project initiation, through publication of the research, and into the communication of findings to the nonacademic community to have immediate and lasting impact in the real world.”

Bottom line, the doctoral program will prepare students to address the challenges faced by Nevadans and those in other Western states have when it comes to water, rangeland, forest and wildlife ecosystems.

“We developed the Ph.D. program with the goal of preparing students to address critical regional and global needs in applied natural resource ecology and management, as well as more broadly in the field of environmental science,” said Jonathan Greenberg, associate professor in the department, and the program’s director. “We also wanted to develop a program that represents the full diversity and cross-cutting nature of the research being performed by faculty within the department.”

“There is no question in my mind that this program will have meaningful impact not only in Nevada, but in other places in the country, and across the globe,” added Bill Payne, dean of the college.

Applications for this fall semester enrollment will be taken until April 15. After that, applications submitted through Dec. 1 will be considered for the fall 2022 semester.

For more information visit the Doctoral Program in Natural Resources & Environmental Science’s website, or email nresgraduateprogram@unr.edu.

Source: University of Nevada, Reno