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Teaching, Research and Extension

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management provides instruction, research and Extension expertise that focuses on the natural resources of fisheries, forests, rangeland and wildlife within and beyond the boundaries of Oklahoma.
Our mission is to increase public awareness and understanding through teaching, research and Extension, of the ecology, management and sustainable use of these natural resources that are important for maintaining ecosystem health, species diversity, agriculture and forest production, hunting and fishing, and the enjoyment of experiencing nature.


We in NREM embrace Intercultural Competence which is the development of inclusiveness and consideration to foster interactive relationships of mutual respect, learning and growth. Culture is made up of differences. Each of us has a different background and perspective. Building relationships among those who are different is important for working together in creating a positive future.

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About Natural Resource Ecology & Management

Where Do You See Yourself?

Some potential career paths with a degree from our department include: conservation officer, environmental consultant, fire ecologist, fisheries biologist, forest resource manager, game warden, rangeland conservationist, refuge/preserve manager, research scientist, stream ecologist, veterinarian or zoo biologist.

What does Natural Resource Ecology & Management Involve?

The department provides an integrated education in renewable natural resource management, conservation, and utilization, as well as a valuable perspective for understanding and solving critical contemporary environmental problems at local, regional and global scales.

What is Natural Resource Ecology & Management?

A degree in natural resource ecology and management will give you an education in renewable natural resources management, conservation and use. You will gain a valuable perspective for understanding and solving critical environmental problems on local, regional and global scales.

Why study Natural Resource Ecology & Management?

The quality of our lives is directly connected to the health of our ecosystems. The natural resource ecology and management program will give you the tools and experiences needed to understand and apply ecological sciences and principles to benefit mankind and the environment.

Natural Resource Ecology & Management News

Western Oklahoma wildfire data reports significant loss to land, cattle and infrastructure

April 5, 2024

Oklahoma State University Extension specialists and members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team have gathered data over the past month to grasp the impact of 16 fires that burned within three days in Oklahoma and Texas panhandles in late February.

Committed to Protecting Wildlife

March 1, 2024

OSU's Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management has partnered with Feather Friendly, a company that designs collision deterrent window markers, in one of the largest bird-window collision mitigation projects undertaken by any university.

OSU’s Karen Hickman selected president of Society for Range Management

February 12, 2024

Karen Hickman, professor of natural resource ecology and management and director of the environmental science program in the Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture, is the new president of the Society for Range Management.

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