Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management

The Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management track focuses on forest resources and allows students to choose from specializations in the following areas: forest biology, ecology, ecophysiology; genetics and tree improvement; tree physiology; reproductive biology and forest regeneration; forest growth and vegetation dynamics; timber harvesting, silviculture, and sustainable forest management; landscape ecology, restoration and management; conservation of biodiversity and wildlife habitat management; forest health; disturbance (including fire) ecology; urban and community forestry; and agroforestry. Research normally focuses on forest and related ecosystems.

Faculty in Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation and Management

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Sample Coursework

The NRSM program does not prescribe specific coursework to its students, beyond our orientation course (NR 8101) and a one-credit seminar (NR 8107). Each student, working with their advisor and exam committee, develops a program of coursework that meets the needs of their specific research project and, ultimately, their career goals. See below for a list of courses that are representative of coursework taken by students within this track. When developing a well-rounded degree plan, most students also consider coursework listed under other NRSM tracks (see other Area of Study webpages for examples of coursework within those tracks), or within other departments at the university. 

Course Typically Offered
AGRO 5121
Applied Experimental Design
Every Spring 4
APEC 5031
Methods of Economic Data Analysis
Every Fall 3
APEC 5032
Economic Data Analysis for Managerial and Policy Decisions
Every Spring 3
APEC 5651
Economics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
Every Spring 3
APEC 8211
Econometric Analysis I
Every Fall 4
APEC 8212
Econometric Analysis II
Every Spring 4
BBE 5001
Chemistry of Biomass and Biomass Conversion to Fuels and Products
Every Fall 4
BBE 5302
Biodegradation of Bioproducts
Every Spring 3
BBE 5535
Assessment and Diagnosis of Impaired Waters
Every Fall 3
CI 8149
Qualitative Research: Coding, Analysis, Interpretation, and Writing
Periodic Fall 3
DES 8103
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
Fall Odd Year 3
EEB 4609W
Ecosystem Ecology
Every Fall 3
EEB 5068
Plant Physiological Ecology
Spring Even Year 3
EEB 5609
Ecosystem Ecology
Every Fall 3
EEB 8200
Sustainability Science Distributed Graduate Seminar
Every Spring 3
ENT 4251
Forest and Shade Tree Entomology
Every Fall 3
ENT 5126
Spatial and Temporal Analysis
Spring Even Year 3
EPSY 5221
Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Every Fall 3
EPSY 5244
Survey Design, Sampling, and Implementation
Every Fall 3
EPSY 5247
Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology
Every Fall 3
EPSY 5261
Introductory Statistical Methods
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 3
EPSY 5262
Intermediate Statistical Methods
Every Fall & Spring 3
EPSY 8266
Statistical Analysis Using Structural Equation Methods
Periodic Spring 3
ESPM 5071
Ecological Restoration
Every Fall 4
ESPM 5101
Conservation of Plant Biodiversity
Every Fall 3
ESPM 5108
Ecology of Managed Systems
Every Fall 4
ESPM 5202
Environmental Conflict Management, Leadership, and Planning
Every Spring 3
ESPM 5211
Survey, Measurement, and Modeling for Environmental Analysis
Every Spring 3
ESPM 5242
Methods for Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Fall Even Year 3
ESPM 5256
Natural Resource Law and the Management of Public Lands and Waters
Spring Odd Year 3
ESPM 5555
Wetland Soils
Every Fall 3
ESPM 5603
Environmental Life Cycle Analysis
Every Fall 3
ESPM 5703
Agroforestry in Watershed Management
Spring Even Year 3
FNRM 5104
Forest Ecology
Every Fall 4
FNRM 5114
Hydrology and Watershed Management
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5131
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
Every Fall 4
FNRM 5153
Forest Hydrology & Watershed Biogeochemistry
Spring Odd Year 3
FNRM 5203
Forest Fire and Disturbance Ecology
Every Spring 3
FNRM 5204
Landscape Ecology and Management
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5205
Productivity and Ecology of Forest Soils
Fall Even Year 3
FNRM 5218
Measuring and Modeling Forests
Every Spring 3
FNRM 5262
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis 
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5264
Advanced Forest Management Planning
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5411
Managing Forest Ecosystems: Silviculture
Every Fall 3
FNRM 5413
Managing Forest Ecosystems: Silviculture Lab
Every Fall 1
FNRM 5501
Urban Forest Management: Managing Greenspaces for People
Every Spring 3
FNRM 8207
Economic Analysis of Natural Resource Projects
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 2
FNRM 8208
Research Problems: Environmental Learning and Leadership
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 1.0-5.0
FW 5003
Human Dimensions of Biological Conservation
Every Fall 3
FW 5603W
Habitats and Regulation of Wildlife
Every Fall 3
FW 8051
Statistical Modeling of Ecological Data using R and WinBugs/JAGS
Every Spring 4
FW 8452
Conservation Biology
Every Fall 3
GEOG 5426
Climatic Variations
Periodic Fall 3
GEOG 5839
Introduction to Dendrochronology
Every Fall 3
GEOG 8260
Seminar: Physical Geography
Every Spring 2
GIS 5555
Basic Spatial Analysis
Every Fall 3
HORT 5071
Ecological Restoration
Every Fall 4
NR 5021
Statistics for Agricultural and Natural Resource Professionals
Every Fall 3
OLPD 5061
Ethnographic Research Methods
Every Fall & Spring 3
OLPD 5528
Focus Group Interviewing Research Methods
Every Fall 1.0-3.0
PA 5002
Introduction to Policy Analysis
Every Fall & Spring 1.5
PA 5031
Empirical Analysis I
Every Fall 4
PA 5035
Survey Research and Data Collection
Every Spring 1.5
PA 5041
Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts
Every Fall 4
PA 5920
Skills Workshop
Every Fall & Spring 0.5-4.0
PA 8201
Environment and Infrastructure Planning
Every Fall 4
PLPA 5003
Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees
Every Spring 3
PLPA 5480
Principles of Plant Pathology
Every Fall 3
POL 8126
Qualitative Methods
Fall Even, Spring Odd Year 3
PUBH 7250
Designing and Conducting Focus Group Interviews
Every Spring & Summer 1
PUBH 7407
Analysis of Categorical Data
Every Spring 3
SOC 5811
Social Statistics for Graduate Students
Every Fall 4
SOC 8801
Sociological Research Methods
Periodic Fall & Spring 4
SOC 8811
Advanced Social Statistics
Every Fall & Spring 4
SOIL 5611
Soil Biology and Fertility
Every Fall 4
STAT 5021
Statistical Analysis
Every Fall & Spring 4
STAT 5201
Sampling Methodology in Finite Populations
Every Spring 3
STAT 5302
Applied Regression Analysis
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 4
STAT 5303
Designing Experiments
Every Fall, Spring & Summer 4
STAT 5401
Applied Multivariate Methods
Periodic Fall 3
STAT 5421
Analysis of Categorical Data
Every Fall & Spring 3
STAT 5601
Nonparametric Methods
Every Fall & Spring 3
STAT 8051
Advanced Regression Techniques
Every Fall 3
STAT 8052
Applied Statistical Methods 2
Every Spring 3
STAT 8053
Applied Statistical Methods 3
Every Fall 3
STAT 8054
Statistical Methods 4
Every Spring 3