New Professional (Non-thesis) Masters Degree Option in Green Building Pending Approval

This new, non-thesis degree concentration in the Forest Resources graduate program will focus on professional training in environmentally responsible building practices. Students will be required to think critically about the environmental impact of building in relation to many disciplines, integrating concepts of resource stewardship, economic vitality, and social equity. (more…)...
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NRC’s Malik Marjan and colleagues find huge herds of animals in southern Sudan

There was widespread news coverage on the work of NRC graduate student Malik Marjan and a research team that found huge herds of animals in southern Sudan despite decades of civil war and conflict in the region. This could be the largest concentration of migrating large animals in Africa, researchers say. Stories on the research were reported in the New York Times, Science Daily, PhysOrg.com [Virginia], and the International Herald Tribune [France]....
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Sustainable Forest Management Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Justin A. Compton

The University of Massachusetts - Amherst Department of Natural Resources Conservation (NRC) and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS) has awarded Dr. Justin A. Compton a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in sustainable forest management (SFM). The aim of the SFM Fellowship is to conduct innovative research in forest conservation in the northeastern U.S. Dr. Compton will collaborate with Dr. Stephen DeStefano, Unit Leader for the USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, to examine the impacts of moose in southern New England on forest structure, composition, regeneration, and sustainability. This research will be a collaborative effort involving federal, state, and local management agencies. In addition to Dr. Compton's research efforts, he will be conducting courses in the spring semesters. Justin comes to UMass-Amherst from The Pennsylvania State University where he completed his dissertation in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences....
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Nathanson wins ESRI Scholarship

The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) has selected Amy Nathanson as a Student Assistant for the 27th Annual ESRI International User Conference, June 18 - 22,  in San Diego, California. Nathanson, a masters candidate in the UMass-Amherst Natural Resources Conservation Forest Resources program, was one of 60 students selected from a pool of 300 applicants to receive a full conference registration package, hotel accommodations, and meal stipend. The ESRI User Conference is the largest in the world devoted to geographic information system (GIS) technology.  Over 14,000 people from more than 120 countries will attend this conference to learn new skills, share information and learn new tips and tricks on managing, manipulating and analyzing geographic spatial data and databases. Nathanson works with Professor David Kittredge studying patterns of forest change across Massachusetts.  ...
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