Mission Areas

The study of natural resources is a multi-faceted enterprise. For this reason, the School of Natural Resources determined four general subjects—we call Mission Areas—that characterize our research pursuits:

  • Applied Ecology
  • Applied Climate Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography and Spatial Science

While each faculty member’s expertise may span the borders between these Mission Areas, every faculty member’s primary interest will fall under one of these categories.

The benefit of this classification lies in the fact that each Mission Area regularly meets as a community to discuss activities, prioritize responsibilities, and exchange recent findings to enhance the body of knowledge emerging out of SNR.

Area leaders are chosen through consensus and meet with SNR’s director and associate director to help guide the School in pursuit of its mission.

Please consult the Directory and filter by Mission Area to see which faculty members are associated with each of the four areas. You may also choose to browse our general disciplinary topics here

Applied Ecology

Applied Ecology researchers study plants, animals, the natural processes that sustain them and the impact of human activities on natural and managed ecosystems.

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LarkinPowell

Larkin
Powell

Mission Area Leader

419 HARH, EC 0974

402-472-6825

lpowell3@unl.edu

Climate Science

Climate Science researchers study interactions between the atmosphere and natural and agricultural ecosystems, as well as the influences of these interactions on water resources and on societies.

 

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KenDewey

Ken
Dewey

Mission Area Leader

715 HARH, EC 0987

402-472-2908

kdewey1@unl.edu

Environmental Science

AyseKilic

Ayse
Kilic

Mission Area Leader

311 HARH, EC 0973

402-417-2562

akilic3@unl.edu

Geography & Spatial Science

Geographers study the spatial dimensions of human societies and the Earth's environment.

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BrianWardlow

Brian
Wardlow

Mission Area Leader

316 HARH, EC 0973

402-472-6729

bwardlow2@unl.edu