One of the great challenges of the twenty-first century is the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources. We face threats from pernicious terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, declining fisheries, shrinking wetlands, decreasing forest areas that are becoming increasingly fragmented, an ever expanding rural-urban interface that creates a host of problems ranging from diseases associated with human-wildlife interactions to increasing fire hazards, and pressures to make forests more productive and more amenable to multiple uses.
The College of Natural Resources is pleased to announce a new Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis. Geospatial research involves Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, and imagery analysis. Environmental analysis in this program focuses on the complex interactions among people, nonhuman biota, and environmental conditions. This doctoral program combines cutting-edge training and research in the theory and application of geospatial science with environmental analysis to enhance research on a broad range of contemporary natural resource and environmental issues. Geospatial analysis is critical in pattern identification, modeling, and prediction. Consequently, it is essential for complex environmental research and management.