L. Monika Moskal
Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) is used here to measure a forest. LIDAR is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of pulsed laser to measure variable distances to Earth.

Natural Resource and Environmental Management is an option in the Environmental and Terrestrial Resource Management major. Landscape ecology is an integrated approach to studying the interaction of physical, biological and social processes on ecological systems at a wide range of spatial scales. The Natural Resource and Environmental Management option focuses on applied aspects of landscape ecology that create, sustain and alter landscapes to achieve biological diversity and integrity, as well as social purposes.

While each student’s academic plan is unique to them, this is a suggested Four Year Course Plan for the NREM Option. Please note that most ESRM 300/400 level classes only occur once a year, which is why they are listed during specific quarters.

Required Option Courses
(minimum 35 credits)

ESRM 323 (5) Silviculture
ESRM 331 (5) Landscape Plant Recognition
ESRM 350 (5) Wildlife Biology and Conservation
ESRM 381 (3) Wildland Recreation and Amenities Management
ESRM 400 (3) Natural Resource Conflict Management
ESRM 426 (4) Wildland Hydrology
ESRM 470 (5) Natural Resource Policy and Planning

Choose from one:
ESRM 415 (5) Terrestrial Invasion Ecology
ESRM 420 (5) Wildland Fire Management
ESRM 435 (3) Insect Ecology

Choose from one:
ESRM 315 (5) Natural Resource Issues: Old-Growth and Forest Management
ESRM 425 (5) Ecosystem Management
ESRM 428 (5) Principles of Silviculture and Their Application
ESRM 461 (5) Forest Management and Economics
SEFS 540 (5) Optimization Techniques for Natural Resources

Choose from one:
ESRM 320 (5) Marketing/Management Sustainability Perspective
ESRM 371 (5) Environmental Sociology
ESRM 403 (4) Econ Development in Developing World
ESRM 423 (3) International Trade, Marketing, and the Environment
ESRM 465 (3) Economics of Conservation

Relevant General Elective Courses

BIOL 365 (3) Foundations in Ecology
BIOL 470 (4) Biogeography
BIOL 472 (5) Community Ecology
BIOL 476 (5) Conservation Biology
ESRM 415 (5) Terrestrial Invasion Ecology
ESRM 430 (5) Hi-Res Remote Sensing
ESRM 433 (5) Airborne Lidar for Remote Sensing of Vegetation and Geomorphology
GEOG 205 (5) Intro to the Physical Sciences and the Environment
HSTAA 221 (5) Environmental History of the U.S.
PHIL 243 (5) Environmental Ethics

Recommended Capstone Experience for Honors Students

ESRM honors students who are required to fulfill the 10-credit major capstone requirement are strongly encouraged to select the Proposal (ESRM 494), then either the Senior Thesis (ESRM 496) or Senior Project (ESRM 495). The award-winning UW-REN Restoration Ecology Capstone (ESRM 462-464) is also available.

Capstone projects will typically require investigation of the ecology and conservation of a particular site or region, including a combination of ecological and social inquiry, data collection or compilation, data management, spatial analysis, and conservation or land-use planning recommendations. Requirements include a project proposal, data collection or project implementation, analysis of data/project, final written report of findings/project, and an oral presentation.

Career Opportunities and Graduate Study

This SAF-accredited option offers students postgraduate opportunities in conservation, land-use planning, natural resource management, and ecological research. Some examples of groups that have interests in natural resource management include Environmental NGOs (e.g., The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, The World Wildlife Fund), local land trusts, timber and mining companies, state wildlife and natural resource agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, environmental consulting firms, and city and county planning offices. The option will also prepare students for graduate work in ecology, conservation biology, natural resources, and land-use planning.

SEFS and Affiliated Faculty

Josh Lawler (lead), Jon Bakker, Greg Ettl, Jerry Franklin, John Marzluff, Monika Moskal, Clare Ryan, Christian Torgersen and Kristiina Vogt

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