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Natural Resources Management and Sustainability



Geographic Information Systems

Pete Bettinger
Chris Cieszewski
Jeff Hepinstall
Nathan Nibbelink

Hydrology and Environmental Systems

Rhett Jackson
Todd Rasmussen
Susan Wilde


Elizabeth King

Remote Sensing

Chris Cieszewski
Jeff Hepinstall


Michael Kane
Daniel Markewitz
Lawrence Morris

Waste Recycling and Treatment 

Rhett Jackson
Lawrence Morris


Environmental systems are spatial and stochastic. Studies in this program are directed toward the development of skills to observe, understand, model, and manage complex environmental systems. Research areas include MS and PhD degrees in hydrology, forest soils, and water quality and environmental systems. Geographic information systems (GIS) are useful for organizing, viewing, manipulating and analyzing these data to improve our understanding of ecosystem interactions, and address concerns and optimize opportunities in resource management. The goal of this graduate study area is the advancement of our understanding of environmental systems in the context of spatial and temporal variability. Graduates of these areas find employment in industry, consulting firms, and various government agencies. The Program of Study is determined by the research interests of the student and the guidance of the student’s advisory committee. A partial list of research foci includes:

  • Hydrologic resources and water quality protection
  • Contaminant fate and transport
  • Forest soil processes
  • Environmental systems analysis
  • Multiple resource models and management
  • Relationships between decision support systems and data accuracy and scale
  • Timber inventory and long-term production management
  • Wastewater treatment processes
  • Wildlife habitat models