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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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NRM Vision Statement

Department of Natural Resource Management faculty members aspire to national distinction in undergraduate and graduate education, national distinction as leaders in natural resource research and provision of indispensable service to the people of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains and beyond related to contemporary natural resource management issues and university strategic goals.

Mission Statements

Academic Programs —Train students as scholars and managers of distinction who will contribute to sustainable regional, national and international conservation and management of natural resources.

Research and Scholarly Activity — Determine research needs and address those needs through basic and applied investigations and student mentoring to promote biodiversity and sustainable use and management of natural resources.

Outreach and Service — Transfer critical information on the sustainable use of natural resources to the public as well as serve professional, governmental and citizen organizations.

Fast Facts (as of Fall 2021)

Number of Students

315
Undergraduate
40
Graduate & Postdoc

Number of Faculty

17

Number of Undergraduate Fields of Study

5

Number of 2020–2021 Department Scholarship Recipients

60

Department of Natural Resource Management News

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South Dakota State University researchers awarded $1 million precision ranching grant

South Dakota State University researchers from the Departments of Animal Science and Natural Resource Management have been awarded $1 million by the U.S.
Carol Johnston, who won an award from the International Association for Landscape Ecology, stands on a beaver lodge in a northern Minnesota wetland.

SDSU professor emerita receives IALE's Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award

Carol Johnston, professor emerita of ecology at South Dakota State University, has been selected by the North American Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology awards committee to receive the Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award.
Graduate Students

South Dakota State University Wildlife and Fisheries Graduate Students Attend 2022 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference

Three South Dakota State University graduate students from the Department of Natural Resource Management attended the 2022 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference Feb. 13-16 in Des Moines, Iowa.