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Department of Natural Resource Management

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About Our Department

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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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Department of Natural Resource Management News

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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.

Greater Prairie Chicken © Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Springfield, Illinois

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.

Faculty honored for excellence in extension, research, teaching and service

Faculty in the SDSU College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences were recently recognized for excellence in extension, research, teaching and service by the SDSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture.