Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Daniel Richardson presenting his thesis work at the Soil Science Society of America Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Oleson lab working with USGS, West Maui watershed coordinator, and other natural resource management professionals to calibrate rain gauges.
NREM graduate students staff an informational table during Earth Day celebrations.
Assessing vegetation photosynthesis using satellite imagery.
Oleson Lab post-doctoral fellow Megan Barnes working with a USGS colleague, West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative watershed coordinator, and community member to set up rain gauges.
Cory Yap and Yu-Fen Huang from Tsang Lab install the stream gauge and water quality probes at Aihualama stream.
The NREM graduate program brings together natural and social scientists to offer an integrative and inter-disciplinary program to understand and manage tropical and sub-tropical terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on island settings and their relevance to managing land- and sea-scapes. The NREM curriculum emphasizes the application of physical, biological, and social sciences to the conservation and sustainable management of natural, environmental, and economic resources.
Students are expected to acquire quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and advanced skills that enable them to solve contemporary resource use and environmental problems and to assist in sound policy development and implementation. NREM graduates are expected to serve as professional leaders in natural resources and environmental management and policy, academic teaching and research, and applied research and extension in educational and governmental institutions, international, national and state technical assistance and policy agencies, agricultural and forestry industries, consulting firms, and private nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.
NREM issues are attracting considerable attention, as well as growing donor interest, especially in the Asia/Pacific and tropical and subtropical regions. Graduate training, therefore, features collaboration with national and international institutions to foster programs that provide students with opportunities to learn about the ways in which people from other countries and cultures manage their natural resources and interact with their environments.
To underscore its integrative and global nature, the NREM Graduate Program features strong collaboration with other academic departments within and outside of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), as well as collaborating institutions in and outside of Hawai‘i. In addition, Cooperating and Affiliate Graduate Faculty complement and supplement NREM’s expertise.
MEM admission only in FALL
PhD and MS Plan A and MS Plan C admission in both FALL and SPRING
1) Submit online application, necessary documents, and payment to the Graduate Division office.
2) Submit GRE scores to UH Manoa
3) Submit NREM required documents to email@example.com
The documents include:
Master's program applicants (MEM, M.S. Plans A & C) must possess a Bachelor's degree. Ph.D. applicants must possess a Master's degree. In addition, individuals should meet minimum requirements necessary to gain admission to the UH Manoa Office of Graduate Education.
Applicants must have satisfactorily completed, or plan to complete, coursework equivalent to NREM 203, NREM 310, NREM 220, CHEM 161, and BIOL 171. Applicants deficient in these areas will be required to make up appropriate coursework following admittance to UH;
Expected minimum GRE score of 302-308 combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning (equivalent to 1,100-1,200 on the prior scale);
A well-written objective statement for pursuing a degree in NREM;
Three (3) strong recommendation letters
In addition to University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Office of Graduate Education documentation requirements, NREM requires applicants submit the following materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
An advisor will be been identified by the NREM Graduate Committee for every incoming student based on the student’s stated interests and consent of the advisor. Admitted students will check in with their Advisor as soon as possible upon arriving on campus. If you do not know who your advisor is, check with the NREM office staff or the Graduate Chair immediately.
The primary responsibilities of the advisor during your first semester on campus are to verify entrance and background deficiencies, prescribe remedial courses as early as possible in the student’s program, and provide guidance in course selection. All of these items should be completed by the end of the student’s first year.
Submit Form I to Graduate Chair upon fulfilling all deficiencies. If you have no deficiencies, Form I should be submitted at the beginning of your first semester on campus.
The NREM Graduate Student Organization (GSO) hosts graduate student and faculty pau hana (happy hour) in the Sherman Courtyard every last Friday of the month. They also facilitate events such as beach cleanups for NREM graduate students and provide access to research funding.
Current NREM GSO Members include:
President: Rodrigo Rivero Castro
Vice President: Cole Hendrickson
Secretary: Travis Usinger
GSO Representatives: Brooke Friswold & Hannah Hubanks
Communications Officer: Tanya Harrison
Treasurer: Pia Ruisi-Besares
Activities Coordinator: Katia Chikasuye
Please contact Rodrigo Rivero Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
For more information please visit the Graduate Student Organization page.
Dr. Kirsten Oleson
Office: Sherman 109
Phone: (808) 956-8864
Fax: (808) 956-6539
Dr. Kirsten Oleson
Dr. Catherine Chan
Dr. Kimberly Carlson
Current graduate students in NREM should refer to the Graduate Student Guide for any questions that they may have regarding program requirements and policies.
Graduate Student Guide January 2018
MEM updated list of concentration area courses
Graduate student forms
M.S. Plan A Forms
Petition to enroll in 700F
Petition to Revise Thesis Committee
Petition for Remote Committee Participation
M.S. Plan B/MEM Forms
Final Oral Examination for Doctoral Dissertation Defense
Doctoral Petition to Revise Dissertation Committee
Doctoral Petition for Remote Committee Participation
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