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Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

On this page you will find graduate degrees, coursework, and faculty in NREM with a water component.  However, this department offers education in other areas, as well.  For more information about other offerings by NREM, please visit their website at nrem.okstate.edu/academics/graduate-program.

For more information about graduate school, please contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Gail Wilson.

Graduate Degrees

The Department offers advanced degrees in Natural Resource Ecology and Management with one of the following specializations:

  • Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology
    • Ecology of streams and rivers
    • Fisheries science
    • Population and community ecology of riverine fishes
    • Movement patterns and habitat relationships of riverine fishes
  • Forest Resources
    • Water relations, carbon and nitrogen metabolism of forest plants
    • Factors controlling vegetation dynamics
    • Water uptake and transfer in trees
    • Effects of environmental stress on tree and forest stand
    • Tomato as a model system to identify and manipulate drought-associated genes
    • Sampling and monitoring trees and shrubs in great plains riparian ecosystems
    • Soil erosion from forest roads
    • Effects of forest management on the quantity (low, peak and flood flows) and quality (sediment, nutrients, chemical and biological properties) of water from forest watersheds
    • Plant, soil, and water interactions
    • Soil moisture dynamics and redistribution
    • Woody plant expansion and eco-hydrological impact
    • Coupling of carbon and water cycles
    • Ecosystem fluxes of CO2 and H20
    • Eddy covariance technique
  • Rangeland Ecology and Management
    • Ecological restoration
    • Conservation of native plant communities
    • Landscape ecology and management
    • Community ecology
    • Grazing ecology
    • Grassland ecology
    • Eastern redcedar ecology and management
    • Ecology of invasive species

Additionally, NREM faculty members often advise students pursuing graduate degrees in the following programs:

  • M.S. degree in the Environmental Science Graduate Program
  • Ph.D. degree in the Environmental Science Graduate Program
  • Ph.D. degree in the Plant Science Graduate Program

More information is available at http://nrem.okstate.edu/academics/graduate/nrem-graduate-degree-options.

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    • NREM 4403 Wetland Ecology and Management
      • Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 3513 or BIOL 3034, or NREM 3213 or consent of instructor. Ecology, classification, restoration, and management of wetlands. Adaptations of wetland plants and animals, structure and function of wetlands, field identification of wetland plants, restoration techniques, wetland classification systems, management and conservation of wetlands, and regulatory processes.
    • NREM 4411 Water Quality Laboratory
      • Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 4413, previous or concurrent. Techniques to monitor surface water for non-point source pollution. Water sampling strategies, chemical and physical analysis for nutrients, sediment and other constituents, biological analysis, quality control and interpretation of results. One required field trip.
    • NREM 4414 Fisheries Management
      • Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 3034. Techniques and principles involved in management of fishes. Field trip fee required.
    • NREM 4424 Fisheries Techniques
      • Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): 4414, BIOL 3034, and ENGL 3323 strongly recommended. Research techniques and methodology in fisheries science, including sampling design, habitat measurements, sampling gears and abundance estimation, age and growth analysis, recreational surveys, data analysis, and report writing. No credit for students with credit in 5424*.
    • NREM 4443 Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality
      • Lab 2. A study of the effects of land management on non-point source pollution of surface waters. Basic watershed hydrology and the role of hydrologic processes and watershed characteristics in controlling the quantity and quality of water from watersheds. Forest, range and agricultural land uses. Discussion of methods of non-point source pollution control.
    • NREM 4463 Stream Restoration and Management
      • Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 4443 or BAE 4313 or consent of instructor. Streams and associated riparian areas and their functions in maintaining water quantity and quality and providing aquatic habitat. Fluvial geomorphology, stream assessment and classification, riparian area functions and management, and concepts and comparison of methods of stream restoration. Field measurements of stream and riparian characteristics. Two overnight field trips required
    • NREM 4473 Global Issues of Water and Ecosystem Management
      • This course will introduce integrated water management in ecosystems and its provisions for human needs in the global scale. Students will learn basic ecological and hydrological concepts and processes related to the water issues in diverse ecosystems. The course will specifically examine cases of water issues and management approaches of ecosystems in geographic locations including Asia, Africa, North America and South America.
    • NREM 5030 Aquatic Nuisance Species
      • Ecological principles and their application to invasive species. Discussion of population level characteristics and community and ecosystem level effects of a wide variety of taxa including invasive microbial, fungal, plant, invertebrate, and vertebrate examples. Current global consequences and governmental policies/programs designed to limit the spread of invasives..
    • NREM 5313 Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality
      • This graduate level course focuses on discusses of current literature and discussions on what invasive species are, what harm they may cause (if at all), and the latest research and technologies on detection and rapid response. Students take a project-based approach to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species by completing a hazards analysis critical control points (HACCP) plan.
    • NREM 5403* Advanced Wetland Ecology
      • Prerequisite(s): A course in aquatic ecology or wetland management recommended. Principles and theory of wetland ecology with a focus on wetland processes, functions, and services. Topics include wetland geomorphology, biogeochemistry and hydrology of wetlands, wetland functions and services, wetland development, wetland restoration, water issues, wetland policy, philosophy of wetland management, and educating society about wetlands. (Same course as ZOOL 5303)
    • NREM 5424 Fisheries Techniques
      • Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): 4414, BIOL 3034, and ENGL 3323 strongly recommended. Research techniques and methodology in fisheries science, including sampling design, habitat measurements, sampling gears and abundance estimation, age and growth analysis, recreational surveys, data analysis, and report writing. No credit for students with credit in 5424.
    • NREM 5433 Fisheries Science
      • Principles of fisheries science as they relate to fish and aquatic biota, their habitats, and the humans who utilize them.
    • NREM 5443* Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality
      • Lab 2. Processes that comprise the hydrologic cycle and how land use affects those processes and the quantity and quality of water from watersheds, focusing on surface water from forest, range and agricultural watersheds. Measurement and evaluation of water quantity and quality. Intended for graduate students new to the water resources field. No credit for students having completed 4443.
    • NREM 5463 Stream Health and Management
      • Healthy streams have a natural or near natural flow regime, a morphology that is stable within a natural range of change, functioning riparian ecosystems and flood plains, and sustainable populations of fish and other aquatic life. Managing for all of these inter-related benefits is difficult and often conflicts with other water and stream uses.
    • NREM 5464 Stream Ecology
      • Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): Course in ecology strongly recommended. Ecology of streams and rivers, physical and chemical properties, biotic assemblages and interactions, ecosystem processes and theories and human impact.
    • NREM 5483 Ecohydrology
      • This course specifically examines the development of a more ecologically meaningful perspective of the water budget and associated vegetation dynamics, and how changes in land use and vegetation cover will alter water budget and upland and riparian interactions.
    • NREM 5583 Wetland Wildlife Ecology
      • Prerequisite(s): 4513 or consent of instructor. Ecology and management of wetland dependent wildlife species with an emphasis on the autecology, adaptations for inhabiting wetland systems, and management problems associated with these taxa.
    • NREM 5673* Rangeland Resources Watershed Management
      • Management of anthropogenic activities and physical/biological functions or processes on water and rangeland watersheds. Emphasizes preventative and restorative strategies in a natural resource rangeland setting. Course available online only through distance education.
    More courses at nrem.okstate.edu/academics/courses-1.

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    Dr. Shannon Brewer (Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology)

    Dr. Jim Long (Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology)

    Dr. Dan Shoup (Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology)

    Dr. Steve Hallgren (Forest Ecophysiology and Silviculture)

    Dr. Rod Will (Forest Ecophysiology and Silviculture)

    Dr. Tom Lynch (Forest Biometrics)

    Dr. Chris Zou (Forestry/Ecohydrology/Rangeland)

    Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf (Rangeland Ecology and Management)

    Dr. Karen Hickman (Rangeland Ecology and Management)

    Dr. Gail Wilson (Rangeland Ecology and Management)

    Dr. Dwayne Elmore (Wildlife Extension)

    More information at http://nrem.okstate.edu/academics/graduate/nrem-graduate-faculty.


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