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Department of Natural Resource Management

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Welcome to the wide world of Natural Resources!

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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SDSU biology professor receives Fulbright to Norway

Professor Charles Fenster has received an award from the Fulbright scholar program to do research in Norway.

SDSU researchers to present at American Society of Animal Science meeting

South Dakota State University researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and SDSU Extension experts will present a variety of research results at the virtual meeting of the American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section on March 8 - 10.

Guidebook helps managers restore diversity to isolated populations

SDSU professors Michele Dudash and Charles Fenster are among an international group of scientists who recently published a guidebook for genetically managing isolated plant and animal populations.