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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.

Our Goal

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.

Departmental Information


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Learn more about the Faculty Awards, Publications & Recognition.

NREM Undergraduate Scholarships

Learn about scholarships available for undergrad students and explore scholarship opportunities for graduate students.

Field Guide to Oklahoma Plants

Order a copy of the latest field guide!

Wildlife Chairs

Bollenbach chairs and the Groendyke chair in wildlife management.

Protecting Wildlife

Learn how NREM and Feather Friendly partnered together to save birds from colliding into windows.

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

Gamebird Forecast for Fall 2022/Spring 2023

September 26, 2022

This information helps biologists forecast gamebird reproduction each year and provides a forecast for hunters.

NREM Student Scholarships in 2022

May 11, 2022

The NREM department awarded 39 undergraduate and 14 graduate student scholarships in spring 2022.

NREM Presenters - OSU Undergraduate Research Symposium 2022

April 28, 2022

The Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 19, 2022 featured 10 students either as NREM students or under the direction of NREM faculty.

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