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Department of Natural Resource Management

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About Our Department

If you want to learn more about our department please view our recruitment and our faculty and field specialist videos!

NRM Recruitment Video

NRM Faculty & Field Specialists


Welcome to the wide world of Natural Resources!

Whether your interests are in bird watching, small or large mammals, endangered species, hunting and sport fishing, plant-animal interactions, the ecology or environmental quality of habitats, or the conservation and management of our water and terrestrial resources, we have a home for you.

It is the mission of the Natural Resource Management Department at SDSU to advocate for the management and study of a remarkable and diverse array of animals and plants. This is because we value these animals and plants and their associated habitats across fragmented landscapes around the globe, and recognize the critical roles these animals and plants occupy in sustaining the diversity and health of our natural world.

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From the Department Head

Michele's fishing a big red fish in Florida
Michele Dudash, Department Head (left) and Cap'n Doug (right)

If you love the outdoors and want to learn how best to conserve and manage our natural resources, then please check us out! Our areas of scientific expertise enable us to train a diverse array of disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate level utilizing interdisciplinary approaches while preparing them for a multitude of career options. South Dakota's natural resources are a key factor in maintaining a high-quality workforce throughout our state. Moreover, the quality of life for many people is intimately tied to their enjoyment of natural areas.
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NRM Award & Scholarship Announcement

2020-2021 Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff

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Graduation Video

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students



Department of Natural Resource Management Events

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Oct 23

ASPIRE Community Dialogues

Oct 1

2020 Native Plant Photo Contest

Nov 6

ASPIRE Community Dialogues

Nov 13

ASPIRE Community Dialogues


Department of Natural Resource Management News

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Deepak preparing to fly drone over soybean field

NSF project to build farmers’ confidence in precision ag technologies

Building farmers' confidence in precision agriculture technologies is the goal of a National Science project led by Maaz Gardezi, an assistant professor of sociology and rural studies and an affiliate faculty of natural resource management at South Dakota State.

SDSU researchers need help locating civet cats

Assistant professor Rob Lonsinger and doctoral student Kara White of the Department of Natural Resource Management are gathering information on the Eastern spotted skunk, commonly known as a civet cat.

Department of Natural Resource Management Graduate Student Receives International Wildlife Scholarship

Marlin Dart, a graduate student in the South Dakota State University Department of Natural Resource Management, has received a $1,250 Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship from the Wild Felid Association.