The Department will be known for excellence in education, research, and outreach that focuses on the function of environmental systems and interactions with society. 


The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment is New Hampshire’s educational center for the scholarly study of environmental and social sciences and their application to the policy and management of natural resources from local to global scales.   The Department does this through education, research, and outreach.


Our goal is to maintain a stimulating learning community that produces society-ready graduates that have the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the stewardship of the world’s natural resources.  Our students will:

  • Become knowledgeable and skilled in science, policy, and sustainable resource management
  • Learn to analyze complex problems at multiple scales and to make connections systematically
  • Learn to ask probing questions by acquiring skills as critical thinkers
  • Become effective communicators
  • Become versed in the use of current qualitative, quantitative and technical skills to achieve excellence in their discipline


Our goal is to be a leader in environmental and social science research concerning natural resources at local, national, and global scales.  The Department will provide a stimulating intellectual environment and engage in research that improves understanding of environmental systems and interactions with society.  Our faculty will be leaders in their disciplines.  We will provide significant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research and scholarship.


Our goal is to value and encourage outreach by faculty, staff, and students in the Department.  We will foster collaborations among UNH Cooperative Extension faculty, research faculty, and tenure-track faculty to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of our outreach efforts at local, state, national, and international levels.