Program Overview

Danielle Grogan
Danielle Grogan, NRESS '16G

"Interdisciplinary research was an important part of my graduate work, and it was one of the key reasons I chose to study at UNH.  My advisors supported and encouraged my interest in branching out from the earth sciences to work with biologists, economists, and engineers.   Of all the skills I gained during my PhD, I expect that the ability to reach across disciplines will be one of the most valuable as I move forward in my science career.”

The NRESS Ph.D. Program draws on the University's strengths in environmental and earth sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and ethical and policy studies, and has the following objectives:

  • To increase our understanding of environmental and natural resource problems and solutions at local, regional, and global scales;
  • To provide the opportunity for graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary research on the environment;
  • To stimulate excellence in research and teaching through increased contact between students and faculty in different departments and colleges.

NRESS Program Degrees - two degrees are offered:

  • Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (NRES)

Focuses on problems dealing with the allocation and distribution of natural resources, policies at the local to global scale, and ethical and societal factors that affect resource management. Students typically enter the program with a bachelors and/or master's degree in economics, environmental conservation, philosophy, political science, or sociology.

  • Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES)
    Focuses on problems dealing with the physical, chemical, and/or biological processes that affect earth and environmental systems. Students typically enter the program with a bachelors and/or master's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, geology, hydrology, or microbiology.

Students choose the degree that best suits their area of study. Formal requirements for the two degrees are identical. Areas of study include, but are not limited to ecosystem science, biogeochemical cycling from local to global scales, geochemical systems, atmospheric science, geologic science including hydrology and oceanography, marine science, social science, ethical and policy issues, and multidisciplinary natural resources management. The breadth of research within the program is evident in the dissertation titles of NRESS program graduates and current students.