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Welcome to Natural Resource Ecology and Management






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Natural Resource

Ecology and


The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) 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 overall NREM 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.

This is in line with the DASNR MISSION, stated in the 2012 DASNR publication, "Vision and Future Priority Directions & Goals of DASNR" which is "To enhance human well-being and the sustainability of plant, animal and natural resource systems through basic and translational research, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and Extension. This will be accomplished by designing and implementing research, teaching and Extension programs addressing priority issues with respect to Oklahoma, the region, the nation and the world."

NREM Curriculum
The NREM curriculum prepares students to plan, implement, and research the management, protection, and sustainable use of natural resources within Oklahoma and throughout the world. 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.

The NREM department supports undergraduate programs in Fisheries and Aquatic Biology, Forest Ecology and Management, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Wildlife Ecology and Management and Wildlife Biology/Pre-veterinary Science. Courses in these study options fulfill the requirements for many applied and professional careers in the natural resource disciplines, including certification with the Society of American Foresters, the Wildlife Society, and the American Fisheries Society. The forestry program in the NREM department is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). NREM also provides MS and PhD graduate level programs that focus on research in fisheries, rangeland, forestry, and wildlife ecology and management.

Employment of NREM Graduates
NREM graduates may be employed by governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, private corporations and small businesses. Federal agencies hiring NREM graduates include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In addition, state, country, and municipal governments employ NREM graduates in a variety of resource management consultant, restoration, service, and technical positions. Many of our graduate students have gained influential positions in state and federal agencies, as faculty at universities and within private industry.

Forest Ecology and Geospatial Analytics Assistant Professor Position Open
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a full-time, eleven-month, tenure-track position (60% teaching and 40% research) at the rank of Assistant Professor in Forest Ecology and Geospatial Analytics.  The teaching appointment is in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), and the research appointment is in the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES).  This position reports directly to the department head.
Oklahoma State University is a leading land-grant university in a region represented by an environmental gradient that ranges from pine and oak forests with >1400 mm of rainfall to shortgrass prairie and pinyon-juniper rangelands with <600 mm of rainfall.  The NREM department is composed of a diverse group of faculty with expertise in aquatics, fisheries, forestry, rangeland, and wildlife resources, employs 20 faculty and 9 support staff, and houses the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

The successful candidate will teach and conduct research in the area of Forest Ecology and Geospatial Analytics in cooperation with NREM faculty and other natural resource professionals.  The individual is expected to develop an independent research program and to participate in collaborative research and teaching activities with appropriate departments and OAES faculty.  Working relationships with other OSU units and professionals within the region and the nation are strongly encouraged and expected. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Develop and teach 1) an introductory undergraduate course in geospatial analysis for natural resource management, 2) an advanced undergraduate course that emphasizes application of geospatial analytics to natural resource management, 3) an undergraduate course in forestry relevant to the expertise of the successful candidate, and 4) a graduate-level course in spatial and non-spatial database management.  Other courses may be developed/taught to fit with the needs of the department and/or the faculty member's interests.
  • Establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program concordant with the land grant mission that focuses on 1) the ecology of forests and other wildland ecosystems, and 2) geospatial analysis in the management of wildland ecosystems with emphasis on forests and rangeland ecosystems.  Examples of potential research topics include disturbance effects on vegetation, nutrient and carbon cycling, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem services and sustainability.
  • Recruit, mentor, and train graduate students.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate students.
  • Serve on Departmental, Division and University committees appropriate to interests, responsibilities, and organizational mission.

  • Qualifications:
  • A natural resources ecology, or closely related field from an accredited university is required.
  • Demonstrated ability and strong interest in instruction and advisement of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Demonstrated ability and strong interest in collaborative research with natural resource research scientists and other natural resource professionals to develop and maintain an active research program, to include publishing in leading scientific journals, and demonstrated interest and ability to seek and secure extramural funding to support research.

  • Application Procedures:
    Applications must be submitted online at:
    Applicants should submit:  1) a cover letter, 2) statement of research interests and philosophy, 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy, 4) curriculum vitae, 5) academic transcripts, 6) up to three reprints of journal publications, and 7) contact information for three references.  Review of applications will begin on September 22, 2017, and will continue until a suitable applicant is identified. The position will be filled by January 1, 2018, or as soon thereafter as a qualified candidate is available.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
    For more information about the department, visit

    Questions concerning this position should be directed to:
    Dr. Rod Will, Chair
    Search and Screen Committee – Forest Ecology and Geospatial Analytics
    Department of Natural Resource Ecology and ManagementOklahoma State University
    008 Agricultural Hall Room C
    Stillwater Oklahoma 74078-6013
    (405) 744-5444

    Equal Employment Opportunity:
    “Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).”
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