Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science Ph.D.
Degree Offered: Ph.D.
This program is offered in Durham.
The graduate program in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) is an interdepartmental program offering the Ph.D. degree for interdisciplinary work in areas related to the understanding and management of the environment in the broadest context. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, ecosystem science, biogeochemical cycling, geochemical systems, atmospheric science, environmental philosophy, forestry, geologic science, hydrology, marine science, oceanography, social science, environmental policy and ethics, environmental education, and multidisciplinary natural resources management.
The NRESS Ph.D. program offers two degrees:
Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (NRES)
Students in NRES focus on problems dealing with the allocation and distribution of natural resources, policies at the local to global scale, and ethical and societal factors that affect resource management. Students receiving the Ph.D. degree in NRES will typically have a bachelor's and/or master’s degree in economics, environmental conservation, philosophy, political science, or sociology.
Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES)
Students in EES focus on problems dealing with the physical, chemical, and/or biological processes that affect earth and environmental systems. Students receiving the Ph.D. degree in EES will typically have a bachelor's and/or master’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, geology, hydrology, or microbiology.
Applicants to the NRESS Program come from a wide range of undergraduate majors and master's degree concentrations. Individuals are admitted based on the quality of their previous work and its relevance to the particular area of study they propose to pursue.
Students are expected to have completed a master's degree before entering the program, although this is not a requirement.
All applicants must identify an adviser before being admitted, and this faculty member must agree to serve as the applicant's adviser. Certain applicants may be admitted with deficiencies identified by their adviser and/or by the executive committee. These deficiencies normally must be corrected in the first year of the program. All applicants must submit GRE scores. Please see the program website for details on applying to the program.
The NRESS Ph.D. Program has over 80 UNH faculty members who serve as advisors, mentors and guidance and doctoral committee members for the current 60+ NRESS students. NRESS faculty request appointment from across the University, representing a wide range of 23 units: all UNH colleges, multiple research groups, departments, schools, and the UNH Cooperative Extension.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact NRESS faculty members directly when seeking a potential advisor for mentoring and possible funding of their doctoral studies. Applicants are required to secure a UNH NRESS advisor to be considered for admission.
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Students currently enrolled in the NRESS Ph.D. program number nearly sixty-five, making NRESS the largest Ph.D. program at UNH.
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The NRESS Student Network aims to foster community across the highly interdisciplinary NRESS student body. The Student Network coordinates professional and career development activities, as well as provides student support, guidance, and mentoring.
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