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In the event the prerequisites or corequisites listed on this web page do not match those in the UNL catalog, the prerequisites in the catalog have precedence. The prerequisites/corequisites and course objectives listed here are those approved by the School of Natural Resources Faculty.

NRES 101

Natural Resources Orientation

Introduction to natural resource disciplines. Fisheries, wildlife, forestry, grasslands, climate, and water science. Course requires field exercises in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Pass/No Pass only.

Credits: 1

Lecture
NRES 104

Climate in Crisis

Past, present and future climate change. Climate science basics in the context of global changes (such as global warming, droughts, deforestation) that impact Earth and its inhabitants. Future climate change scenarios and possible impacts.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 9

Lecture
NRES 107

Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems

The flora of the earth is constantly being re-distributed by natural and human forces. As plant species change locations, they affect ecosystems, but how? In this course, students will learn how invasive plants establish and spread in ecosystems and develop an understanding of the importance of invasive plants and their impacts on ecosystems from local to global scales

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/NRES 107/107X

Lecture
NRES 108

Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory

Introduction to Earth's natural resource systems. Interactions between the geosphere (solid earth) and the hydrosphere. The atmosphere and biosphere over many different spatial and temporal scales, and role of humans as part of the system.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 4

Lab
NRES 109

Water in Society

Introduction to the scientific, social, and economic dimensions of historical and contemporary water systems. Students will develop an understanding of hydrologic systems and analyze and engage in decision-making about complex challenges associated with water resource use.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 4

Cross Listing: AECN / ENVR / GEOG / SCIL 109

Lecture
NRES 111

Natural Resource Conservation in Society

Explore and distinguish the values, civics, and stewardship of natural resource conservation in agricultural and natural ecosystems. Examine the philosophies of ecosystem services and stewardship within a dynamic human dominated world. Students will discuss and critically analyze current issues related to conservation of natural resources.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 130

People of the Great Plains

The Great Plains region offers considerable ecological and cultural diversity, encompassing more than 600 million acres which have been occupied by humans for over 12,000 years. Introduction to the different populations who have called the Great Plains home, and how they have made a living on this landscape. Investigate Native American life ways in the Great Plains from the time of initial colonization up to European contact and the dramatic changes experienced during the historic era. Select topics centered on contemporary socio-ecological systems on the Plains and how understanding of past Plains experiences can be used to inform on these contemporary issues.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 5

Lecture
NRES 163

Oh My Cod: Exploring Aquatic Ecology Careers

Introduction to fisheries and aquatic ecology. Familiarize with current research and critical review of literature. Guidance on careers in aquatic ecology. Initial field sampling experience. Limitations: Limited to Freshman or Sophomore classification only.

Credits: 1

Lecture
NRES 170

Intro to Great Plains Studies

Interdisciplinary study of the natural environment, social environment, human heritage, arts and humanities of the Great Plains.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 201

Dendrology: Study and Identifiation of Trees and Shrubs

An introduction to the naming, identification, and natural history of woody trees and shrubs in North American with emphasis on trees common to Nebraska. Covers morphology, natural site conditions, wildlife and human uses of woody trees and shrubs.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: HORT 201

Lecture and Lab
NRES 208

Applied Climate Sciences

Role of the atmosphere in the natural resource system. Solar radiation, water, wind and energy, hazards and risk in the plant-soil atmosphere system. Role of weather and climate in crop zones, land use, and wildlife habitat.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 210

Applied Ornithology

To explore interactions between birds and people from economic and scientific perspectives, understand societal conflicts between feral cats and birds, hazards birds present to aircraft, the economics of bird feeding, how commercial bird hunting clubs work, how populations are affected by collisions with vehicles, windows and towers, the taxidermy industry and museum science, and hunting organizations such as Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited.

Credits: 1

Lab
NRES 211

Introduction to Conservation Biology

Taught fall and spring semester. Introduction to problems faced in fulfilling the ever increasing human needs while maintaining ecosystem and biodiversity. The integration of biological fields such as wildlife biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics with non-biological fields such as economics, philosophy, and politics to the dilemma this presents. Limitations: Limited to Sophomore standing only

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 212

Landscape Plants I

Identification using botanical and common names for herbaceous annuals, perennials, grasses, ground covers, vines, trees, and shrubs commonly found in Great Plains gardens, parks, and landscapes is stressed through field visits. Prerequistes: HORT 130 Limitations: Requires Saturday off-campus field trips.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 213

Landscape Plants II

Site requirements, landscape use, natural history, and specific needs of herbaceous ornamentals, grasses, ground covers, vines, trees, and shrubs commonly found in Great Plains gardens, parks, and landscapes. Common cultivars and additional species not covered in HORT/LARC/NRES 212. Prerequistes: HORT/LARC/NRES 212.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 214

Herbaceous Landscape Plants

Identification of herbaceous plants with ornamental value in the landscape including native and introduced annuals, perennials, grasses and cultivars. Typical ecological associations, environmental tolerances and/or intolerance, cultural requirements, and design characteristics. Limitations: Extensive field trips are required.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 220

Principles of Ecology

Ecology as a quantitative discipline that integrates the life and earth sciences to understand the dynamics of natural and managed ecosystems. Prerequistes: 4 hrs BIOS; MATH 101 or 103 Limitations: Not open to students who have completed BIOS 207 and will not count toward a major in biological sciences.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 222

Ecology Laboratory

Field and laboratory experiments in terrestrial and aquatic ecology. Prerequistes: NRES 220 or parallel

Credits: 1

Lab
NRES 233

Wildlife Field Techniques Lab

Offered off-campus during academic breaks at Cedar Point Biological Station. Field and laboratory skills needed for wildlife management emphasizing wildlife and vegetation surveys, mark-recapture of wildlife, radio-telemetry, aging and forensic methods, and habitat assessment. Prerequistes: Sophmore status

Credits: 3

Lab
NRES 245

Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management

Grassland ecology and management is relevant to students with education and career goals in managing natural resources in Nebraska and the Great Plains. About 50% of the land area in Nebraska is classified as grassland (or rangeland) and is the land type with the most opportunity for enhancing biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Applying ecological principles and social values to managing rangeland resources, students will develop a knowledge and appreciation for the various grassland management uses and techniques available to resource managers.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO 245

Lecture
NRES 270

Biological Invaders

Impact of exotic species and invasive organisms: agricultural and medical emerging disease; predicting biological invasions; biological control; regulatory, monitoring, and control efforts; ecological impact. Prerequistes: 3 hrs biological sciences.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 279

Soil Evaluation

Soil profile characteristics and evaluation of these characteristics in terms of soil genesis, classification, and land use. Students may take it up to 3 times for their major. Course is taught fall semesters and requires participation in 3 field trips and the regional soil judging contest.

Credits: 1

Cross Listing: AGRO/SOIL 279

Lecture and Lab
NRES 281

Introduction to Water Science

Survey of the water science from the perspective of both natural and social sciences. Water budget, precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff and stream flow, groundwater, water quality parameters, economics of water, water policy, water law and water politics. Prerequistes: High school chemistry or one semester college chemistry; one course in geology or physical geography or soil.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOG/WATS 281

Lecture
NRES 289

People and the Land: Human Environmental Interactions on the Great Plains

Explore human environmental interaction on the Great Plains. Samples a variety of Great Plains cultures and time periods to explore past use of the Great Plains environment. Evaluation of attributes and related data critical to the operation of past social-ecological systems with reference to changing climatic/ecological dynamics, human environmental impacts, and the sustainability of various indigenous and western modes of land use on the Great Plains. Investigate knowledge of these processes and how they can be of relevance to contemporary issues of Great Plains land management and resource utilization.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOG 289

Lecture
NRES 300

Toxins in the Environment

ntroduction to the principles of toxicology as they apply to environmental contaminants, agri-chemicals, and industrial and naturally occurring chemicals. Prerequistes: One semester BIOS and one semester CHEM

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: BIOS/ENTO 300

Lecture
NRES 301

Environmental Communication Skills

Written and oral communication skills for natural resource management including writing for the media, grant writing, conflict resolution and advocacy Prerequistes: ACE 1 course. Sophomore or higher.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 2

Lecture
NRES 302

Tree Biology

The study of the structure and function of woody plants, with a focus on trees growing in temperate climates. Covers the basics of wood physiology in terms of the biological, physical, and chemical processes utilized by tree to function. The anatomy and morphology of trees with a focus on the impacts of tree maintenance to the structure and function of landscape trees.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: HORT 302

Lecture
NRES 308

Biogeography

Biogeography is a highly interdisciplinary science, relying heavily on ecology, geological science, and climatology. It is global in scope and offers the latest knowledge in understanding organism distributions, and the factors that determine those distributions. Introduction to the basic concepts of biogeography, the study of distributions of plants and animals, both past and present. Prerequistes: GEOG 155 or BIOS 101 and 101L or GEOL 101.

Lecture
NRES 310

Introduction to Forest Management

Discussion of the history, biology, and management of the world's forest resources with emphasis on the Great Plains region. Topics include: forest types and their relationship to site conditions, ecological principles of forest management, basic forest management practices, economic and policy decisions in forest management. The field-oriented lab emphasizes tree identification, forest ecology, forest management and wood products. Prerequistes: BIOS 101, AGRO/HORT 131 or LIFE 120

Credits: 4

Lecture and Lab
NRES 311

Wildlife Ecology and Management

Applied ecology, conservation biology, population biology, and enhancement of vertebrate, non-domestic animal populations through management. Emphasis on policy, decision-making, and management options involving people, habitat, and wildlife. Prerequistes: NRES 220 and BIOS 107, or concurrent with NRES 220 or BIOS 107

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 312

Introduction to Spatial Sciences

Introduction to the theory and applications of geospatial information technology. Remote sensing, GPS data collection, GIS data types, editing GIS data, and spatial data analysis with emphasis on applications to natural resources using a problem-based learning format. Prerequistes: Junior standing; basic computer skills (spreadsheets, word processors, data and file management)

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOG 312

Lecture and Lab
NRES 315

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management

Introduction to the basic concepts and ideas relevant in the human dimension of fisheries and wildlife management. Covers social, cultural and economic values, attitudes and behavior of individuals and groups of various stakeholders in fisheries and wildlife management

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 316

Case Studies in Theoretical Ecology

Introduction to biological literature, applied mathematics, computer programming, and/or statistical techniques relevant to field questions in ecology, evolution, and behavior. Typical mathematical topics include discrete dynamics, systems of differential equations, matrix algebra, or statistical inference and probability. Prerequistes: MATH 106 or higher OR LIFE 121.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 4

Cross Listing: BIOS/MATH 316

Lecture
NRES 319

Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling

Development of sampling plans and quality assurance project plans (QAPP). Stepwise procedures for correct sampling of soil-air-water environments. Data quality assessment. Prerequistes: SOIL 153, WATS 281, CHEM 105 or 109; Recommend taking STAT 218

Credits: 2

Lecture and Lab
NRES 321

Arboriculture

Covers practical application of the science of tree growth, development, and management in human dominated landscapes. Tree selection for varying landscapes and objectives, proper planting and pruning, identification and correction of tree defects, and working with tree pest issues.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: HORT 321

Lecture and Lab
NRES 322

Environmental Education Curricula

National curricula are available to formal and non-formal environmental and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educators. Become certified in a series of national environmental education curricula such as Project WILD, Project WET, Project Aquatic WILD and Project Learning Tree. Apply skills and curricula by teaching others through experiential service learning.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 323

Natural Resources Policy

Conflicts and common ground perpetuated by increasing demands on our natural resources. Policy development and issue analysis stressed. Historical policy actions reviewed and evaluated. Prerequistes: Junior standing

Credits: 3 | ACE: 6

Lecture
NRES 330

Environmental Health

Provides a comprehensive understanding of how environmental exposures to physical, chemical and biological hazards influence human health. Offers basic knowledge in the core concepts of toxicology, exposure and risk, vulnerable populations and the interrelationship between human, animal and environmental health.

Cross Listing: NUTR 330

Lecture
NRES 348

Wildlife Damage Management

Conflicts and common ground perpetuated by increasing demands on our natural resources. Policy development and issue analysis stressed. Historical policy actions reviewed and evaluated. Prerequistes: Junior standing

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 361

Soils, Environment and Water Quality

Chemical and physical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants (inorganic, organic, microbial) in soil-water environments. Extent, fate, mitigation and impact of various sources of pollution. Remedial technologies used for environmental restoration of contaminated environments. Prerequistes: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or 103; two semesters chemistry (CHEM 105, 106 or CHEM 109, 110) and WATS/GEOG/NRES 281.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/GEOL/ SOIL/WATS 361

Lecture
NRES 370

Applied Climatology

Processes that give rise to spatial and temporal differences in climate. Various interrelationships between humans and climate. Influence of climate on building styles, the economy, water resources, human health, and society. Humans' inadvertent and purposeful modification of the atmosphere. Prerequistes: Junior or Senior Standing.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: METR 370

Lecture
NRES 380

Geography of Africa

Overview of the major physical and human landscapes in Africa. Prominent past and current events will be placed into a spatial context in an attempt to develop insight into the interrelationships that exist among people, cultures, countries, economies, and the environment, not only within Africa, but between Africa and the rest of the world.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 9

Cross Listing: ETHN/GEOG 380

Lecture
NRES 386

Vertebrate Zoology

Evolutionary origin and relationships, natural history, and ecological adaptations of vertebrates. Comparative form and function, particularly of bone and muscle systems among and the diversity within vertebrate groups Prerequistes: LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: BIOS 386

Lecture and Lab
NRES 388

Employment Seminar

Efficient job-hunting. Resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, and dining etiquette. Prerequistes: Sophomore standing.

Credits: 1

Cross Listing: AGRI/NRES 388

Lecture
NRES 393

Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural Resources

Concepts and techniques related to use of remote and automated digital camera technology to capture images in agriculture and natural resources contexts to communicate a narrative/story. Completion of individual project using a variety of technologies including camera traps, time-lapse camera systems, remote triggered cameras, as well as traditional audio and video and conventional photography. Prerequistes: Consent of instructor, 1 college-level course in photography or equivalent, and knowledge of the basics fo shooting still photographs or video using digital cameras. Limitations: Open only to CASNR students.

Lab
NRES 402/802

Aquatic Insects

Biology and ecology of aquatic insects Prerequistes: 12 hrs biological sciences

Credits: 2

Cross Listing: BIOS 485/885; ENTO 402/802; NRES 402/802

Lecture and Lab
NRES 404

Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife Seminar

Seminar involving technical aspects of forestry, fisheries, and wildlife management. Prerequistes: Junior standing or above in natural resources.

Credits: 1

Lecture
NRES 406/806

Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and Practice

Principles of plant physiology which underlie the relationship between plants and their physical, chemical and biotic environments. An introduction to the ecological niche, limiting factors and adaptation. An overview of the seed germination and ecology, plant and soil water relations, nutrients, plant energy budgets, photosynthesis, carbon balance and plant-animal interactions. An introduction to various field equipment used in ecophysiological studies Prerequistes: Junior standing; 4 hrs ecology; and 4 hrs botany or plant physiology

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: AGRO/HOTR 406/806

Lecture and Lab
NRES 408/808

Microclimate: The Biological Environment

The physical factors that create the biological environment. Radiation and energy balances of earth's surfaces, terrestrial, and marine. Temperature, humidity, and wind regimes near the surface. Control of the physical environment through irrigation, windbreaks, frost protection, manipulation of light and radiation. Applications to air pollution research. Instruments for measuring environmental conditions and remote sensing of the environment. Prerequistes: Junior standing; MATH 106 or equivalent; 5 hrs physics; major in any of the physical or biological sciences or engineering

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/GEOG/HORT/METR 408/808; WATS 408

Lecture
NRES 409

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Overview of the human dimensions of natural resources issues. Exploration of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political aspects of human behavior and how these interact with, might influence, or are influenced by the environment. Prerequistes: Junior standing; 12 credit hours in natural resources, environmental studies, or closely related fields

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOG 409

Lecture
NRES 413/813

Environmental Leadership

Major leaders in conservation and ecology that emphasizes agricultural and cultural issues and relationships with the environment. Prerequistes: Junior standing.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: ALEC 410/810

Lecture
NRES 415/815

GIS for Ag & Natural Resources

Credits: 4

Lecture and Lab
NRES 417/817

Agforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture

The roles of woody plants in sustainable agricultural systems of temperate regions. Emphasis on the ecological and economic benefits of trees and shrubs in the agricultural landscape. Topics include: habitat diversity and biological control; shelterbelts structure, function, benefits and design; intercropping systems; silvopastoral systems; riparian systems; and production of timber and specialty crops. Comparison of temperate agroforestry systems to those of tropical areas.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: HORT 418/818

Lecture
NRES 418/818

Introduction to Remote Sensing

Introduction to remote sensing of the earth from aerial and satellite platforms. Aerial photography, multispectral scanning, thermal imaging and microwave remote sensing techniques. Physical foundations of remote sensing using electromagnetic energy, energy-matter interactions, techniques employed in data acquisition and methods of image analysis. Weekly laboratory provides practical experience in visual and digital interpretation of aerial photography, satellite imagery, thermal and radar imagery. Applications in geographic, agricultural, environmental and natural resources analyses. Prerequistes: 9 hrs of GEOL, NRES or GEOG.

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: GEOG 418/818

Lecture and Lab
NRES 420/820

Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources

Introduction to the practical uses of remote electromagnetic sensing in dealing with agricultural and water-resources issues

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: AGRO/GEOG/GEOL 419/819, NRES 420/820

Lecture and Lab
NRES 421/821

Field Techniques in Remote Sensing

Field techniques as they relate to remote-sensing campaigns. Research methods, systematic approaches to data collection, field spectroscopy, collecting ancillary information linked with spectroscopic data sets as well as aircraft or satellite missions and subsequent analyses of acquired data. Prerequistes: NRES 418/818

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOG 421/821

Lecture
NRES 422/822

Laboratory Earth: Earth's Changing Systems

Fundamental concepts related to understanding Earth's changing natural systems in the past, present, and the future. The cycling of matter and energy; the relationship between human activity and environmental change; and the consequence of these relationships.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 423/823

Integrated Resource Management

Integrated and multiple-use management. Economic, political, social, and physical impacts on natural resources management priorities. Prerequistes: Senior standing. Limitations: Natural resources or related major

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 424/824

Forest Ecology

The structure and function of forest ecosystems including their response to global change; emphasis on forest succession and disturbance regimes in order to understand the dynamics of forested landscapes Prerequistes: NRES 220 or BIOS 107.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 426/826

Invasive Plants

Identification, biology and ecology of weedy and invasive plants. Principles of invasive plant management by preventative, cultural, biological, mechanical and chemical means using an adaptive management framework. Herbicide terminology and classification, plant-herbicide and soil-herbicide interactions, equipment calibration and dosage calculations. Prerequistes: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153; BIOS 109

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/HORT 426/826

Lecture and Lab
NRES 427/825

Intro to Global Positioning Systems

Getting coordinates from a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver is usually a matter of pushing buttons, but knowing what those coordinates are, and more importantly, what they aren't, is more difficult. This course is designed to help students with little or no GPS experience acquire the skills necessary to collect and use high-quality GPS data. Both the theory and application of GPS will be taught with emphasis toward applications. Much of the course will be "hands-on" with students using SNR's sub-meter differential GPS (DGPS) units.

Credits: 2

Cross Listing: GEOG 427/827

Lecture
NRES 427/827

Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)

Integrated lectures, lab exercises and field experience provide an understanding of GPS technology and applications. Students will learn to collect, correct and use GPS data in a geographic information system (GIS) environment. Prerequistes: Junior standing

Credits: 2

Cross Listing: GEOG/NRES 427/827

Lecture
NRES 428/828

Leadership in Public Organizations

Leadership in theories, research, and practices in public organizations and natural resource agencies. Prerequistes: Junior standing

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: ALEC 428/828

Lecture
NRES 429A/829A

Food Security: A Global Perspective

Overview of the technical and sociocultural dimensions of global food insecurity Prerequistes: Junior standing

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 431/831

Waterfowl Ecology and Management

Ecology and identification of North American waterfowl, management of habitats and populations, and current management issues. Prerequistes: NRES 311

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 433/833

Wildlife Management Techniques

Survey of methods used to obtain data and make decisions for wildlife management. Scientific methods for wildlife science; monitoring and surveys; construction of management plans; habitat use, classification, and management; harvest management. Prerequistes: NRES 311

Credits: 3 | ACE: 10

Lecture
NRES 434/834

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Examination of formal and informal environmental education and interpretation. Knowledge, application and practice relevant to science teachers and park, extension, museums, and zoo educators

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: ENVR 434

Lecture
NRES 435/835

Agroecology

Integration of principles of ecology, plant and animal sciences, crop protection, and rural landscape planning and management for sustainable agriculture. Includes natural and cultivated ecosystems, population and community ecology, nutrient cycling, pest management, hydrologic cycles, cropping and grazing systems, landscape ecology, biodiversity, and socioeconomic evaluation of systems. Prerequistes: Senior standing / 12 hrs biological or agricultural sciences.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 10

Cross Listing: AGRO/Hort 435/835

Lecture
NRES 436/836

Evolution of Cenozoic Mammals

Survey of mammalian evolution with emphasis on the origin, radiation, and phylogenetic relationships of Cenozioc fossil mammals. Overview of climatic and ecological changes affecting mammalian adaptations and hands on experience with specimens. Prerequistes: GEOL 103

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOL 436/836

Lecture
NRES 438/838

Grassland Conservation: Planning and Management

Apply fundamental grassland ecology principles to grassland conservation and identify grassland establishment and management practices appropriate for different environmental and cultural situations. Based on field study, critically analyze management options and outcomes for several grasslands and develop a management plan for a grassland resource.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 10

Lecture
NRES 440/840

Great Plains Ecosystems

Characteristics of Great Plains ecosystems, interrelationships of ecological factors and processes, and their application in the management of grasslands. Interactions of fire, vegetation, grazing animals and wildlife are emphasized. Prerequistes: Junior Standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or equivalent, recommended.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: NRES 440/840; RNGE 440

Lecture
NRES 441

Zoo Keeping and Management

Examine and build on the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to work in a zoo in various capactities including animal keeping, guest services and curation. Acquire knowledge in all aspects needed to manage zoos including individual species care, collections, guest services, species conservation, and AZA accreditation. Become familiar with the concepts and challenges associated with the biological, educational, ethical, and administrative aspects of zoo science through partnerships and interactions with local zoos.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 10

Lecture
NRES 442/842

Wildland Plants

Wildland plants that are important to grassland and shrubland ecosystem management and production. Distribution, utilization, classification, identification (including identification by vegetative parts), uses by Native Americans, and recognition of grasses, fords, shrubs, exotic and wetland plants. Prerequistes: Prereq: Junior standing. BIOS 101 and 101L, or quivalent, recommended.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/RNGE 442/842

Lecture and Lab
NRES 444/844

Ecosystems Monitoring and Assessment

Measurement and monitoring of the important vegetation and environmental factors used to develop management guidelines in grasslands, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. Emphasis on using ecosystem monitoring protocols for assessment of wildlife habitat, fuels management for wild-land fire, livestock production, and watershed function. Requires field sampling and travel to local field sites. Prerequistes: Junior standing. NRES 220 or equivalent, recommended.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/GRAS/RNGE 444/844

Lecture and Lab
NRES 445/845

Human Remains in Forensic Science

Forensic anthropology within the broader context of forensic sciences and physical anthropology. Decomposition and bone modification through artificial means. Determination of individual identity, diet, chronic pathology and cause of death from human remains. Prerequistes: LIFE 120/L and LIFE 121/L, CHEM 109, CHEM 110, and FORS 120/L.

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: FORS 445/845

Lecture
NRES 446/846

Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological, and Forensic Science

Collection processing, identification of common North American pollen types. Pollination ecology relating to scene reconstruction. Fundamental statistics and presentation requirements for a legal and scientific audience. Prerequistes: BIOS 109 and FORS 120.

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: FORS 446/846

Lecture
NRES 447/847

Archaeoparasitology: The Archaelogy of Disease

Study of parasites, their hosts, and the relationship between them. Human parasitology is especially interesting due to the adaptation of human populations to a great variety of parasites over long periods of time in the global diversity of environments. Fundamental understanding of human-parasite relations and methods of recovery of parasites from a variety of archaeological remains.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 448/848

Advanced Topics in Wildlife Damage Management

Economic, global, and public policy issues relative to situations in which wildlife damage personal property or natural resources, threaten human health and safety, or are a nuisance. Demonstration and discussion of technological advances in fertility control, damage resistance, toxicology, behavioral modification, and biological management. Prerequistes: NRES 348

Credits: 2

Lecture
NRES 450/850

Biology of Wildlife Populations

Principles of population dynamics. Management strategies (for consumptive and nonconsumptive fish and wildlife species) presented utilizing principles developed. Prerequistes: NRES 311; MATH 104 or above; STAT 218 or equivalent

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: BIOS 450/850

Lecture and Lab
NRES 451/851

Soil Environmental Chemistry

Theory, mechanisms and processes related to chemical behavior in soil-water environments. Application of computer simulation models for predicting contaminant fate in soil. Basic chemical and biological principles of remediating contaminated soil and water. Prerequistes: CHEM 252

Credits: 3 | ACE: 10

Cross Listing: ENVE 851

Lecture and Lab
NRES 452/852

Climate and Society

Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years. Impact of climate and extreme climatic events on society and societal responses to those events. Global in scope and interdisciplinary. Prerequistes: METR 200 or 351 or equivalent, or permission.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852

Lecture
NRES 453/853

Hydrology

Introduction to the principles of hydrology, with emphasis on the components of the hydrologic cycle: precipitation, evaporation, groundwater flow, surface runoff, infiltration, precipitation runoff relationships. Prerequistes: MATH 106 Limitations: Credit in CIVE 353/853/NRES 853 will not count towards a major in civil engineering

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 454/854

Ecological Interactions

Nature and characteristics of populations and communities. Interactions within and between populations in community structure and dynamics. Direct and indirect interactions and ecological processes, competition, predation, parasitism, herbivory, and pollination. Structure, functioning and persistence of natural communities, food web dynamics, succession, and biodiversity. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Prerequistes: BIOS 220 or equivalent.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 10

Lecture and Lab
NRES 455/855

Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Chemical and mineralogical properties of soil components. Inorganic colloidal fraction. Structures of soil minerals as a means of understanding properties, such as ion exchange and equilibria; release and supply of nutrient and toxic materials; and soil acidity and alkalinity. Prerequistes: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 or GEOL 101; CHEM 109 and 110; CHEM 221 or 251 or equivalent.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO 455/855, NRES 855, SOIL 455

Lecture
NRES 456/856

Mathematical Models in Biology

Biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems, are analyzed using mathematical techniques. Strengths and weaknesses of mathematical approaches to biological questions. Brief review of college level math; introduction to modeling; oscillating systems in biology; randomness in biology; review of historically important and currently popular models in biology. Prerequistes: Junior standing; major in BIOS; MATH 106 or 107.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: BIOS 456/856

Lecture
NRES 457/857

Green Space and Urban Forestry Management

A focus on the management of trees, parks, and green infrastructure in rural and urban communities. Perspectives from community planning, landscape architecture, urban forestry, natural resources, horticulture, and environmental policy. Development and implementation of green space and forest management plans encompassing societal needs and biological limitations in rural and urban communities.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 458/858

Soil Physical Determinations

Survey of measurement techniques and principles used in characterizing the physical properties of soils. Includes analysis of experimental design and sources of experimental error. Techniques included: particle size analysis, soil water content, pore size analysis, field sampling techniques, soil strength, and saturated hydraulic conductivity.Graduate students are expected to carry out an independent project and give an oral report. Prerequistes: AOIL/AGRO/GEOL/ WATS 361; PHYS 141 or equivalent; MATH 102 or 103.

Credits: 2

Cross Listing: AGRO/SOIL 485/885

Lecture
NRES 459/859

Limnology

Physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in fresh water. Organisms occurring in fresh water and their ecology; biological productivity of water and its causative factors; eutroplication and its effects. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Prerequistes: 12 hrs BIOS, including BIOS/NRES 220/BIOS 220x; two semesters CHEM

Credits: 4 | ACE: 10

Cross Listing: BIOS 459/859; WATS 459

Lecture and Lab
NRES 460/860

Soil Microbiology

Soil from a microbe's perspective growth, activity and survival strategies; principles governing methods to study microorganisms and biochemical processes in soil; mechanisms controlling organic matter cycling and stabilization with reference to C, N, S, and P; microbial interactions with plants and animals; and agronomic and environmental applications of soil microorganisms. Prerequistes: One semester microbiology; one semester biochemistry or organic chemistry.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/BIOS/SOIL 460/860

Lecture
NRES 461/861

Soil Physics

Principles of soil physics. Movement of water, air, heat, and solutes in soils. Water retention and movement, including infiltration and field water regime. Movement of chemicals in soils. Prerequistes: AGRO/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/GEOL 461/861; SOIL/WATS 461

Lecture
NRES 462/862

Advanced Conservation Biology

Current issues in conservation biology. Theoretical principles from the areas of ecology and genetics to effectively preserve and manage biological diversity and small populations.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 463/863

Fisheries Science

Fisheries biology emphasizing the determination and evaluation of vital statistics for the management of fish populations. Basis of specific management techniques. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station Limitations: NRES majors only.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 10

Lecture and Lab
NRES 464/864

Fisheries Biology

Biology of fishes. Factors that affect fishes in the natural environment. Techniques used in the analysis and management of fish populations

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: BIOS 464/864

Lecture
NRES 465/865

Soil Geomorphology and Paleopedology

Soils and paleosols as evidence in reconstruction landscape evolution and paleoenvironments. Role of paleosols in stratigraphy. Two field trips required. Prerequistes: GEOL 450/850 and NRES 477/877; or permission

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOL 465/865

Lecture
NRES 467/867

Global Climate Change

Elements of climate systems, El Nino/LaNina cycle and monsoons, natural variability of climate on interannual and interdecadal scales. Paleoclimate, and future climate, developed climate change scenarios and climate change impacts on natural resources and the environment. Prerequistes: Junior standing; MATH 106/106B/106H; 5 hrs PHYS; METR 475/875.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO 477/877, GEOG/NRES 467/867

Lecture
NRES 468/868

Wetlands

Physical, chemical and biological processes that occur in wetlands; the hydrology and soils of wetland systems; organisms occurring in wetlands and their ecology wetland creation, delineation, management and ecotoxicology. Prerequistes: 12 hrs biological sciences; BIOS 220; CHEM 109 and 110.

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: BIOS 458; BSEN 468/868; WATS 468

Lecture and Lab
NRES 469/869

Bio-Atmospheric Instrumentation

Discussion and practical application of principles and practices of measuring meteorological and related variables near the earth's surface including temperature, humidity, precipitation, pressure, radiation and wind. Performance characteristics of sensors and modern data collection methods are discussed and evaluated. Prerequistes: Junior standing; MATH 106; 4 hrs physics; physical or biological science major.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/GEOG/METR/MSYM 469/869, HORT 407

Lecture and Lab
NRES 470/870

Lake and Reservoir Restoration

Theory, processes, and mechanisms underlying lake and reservoir water quality degradation and/or pollution and remediation of eutrophications and its effects. Current techniques used to restore and protect degraded lakes. Prerequistes: 12 hrs NRES or related fields

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 472/872

Applied Soil Physics

Emphasis on applied soil physics. Discussion of theoretical principles followed by field and laboratory exercises and applications. Fluxes of water, solutes, air, and heat through the soil. Emphasis on water infiltration, water retention, other soil hydraulic properties. Components of soil water balance. Management of soil water.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: NRES 472/872; SOIL 472; WATS 472

Lecture
NRES 474/874

Herpetology

Fossil and living amphibians and reptiles. Anatomy, classification, ecology and evolution. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Prerequistes: BIOS/NRES 386 and permission. BIOS 388 recommended

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: BIOS 474/874

Lecture
NRES 475/875

Water Quality Strategy

Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies. Prerequistes: Senior standing or permission.

Credits: 3 | ACE: 10

Cross Listing: AGRO/CIVE/ CRPL/GEOL/ MSYM/NRES/ POLS/SOCI 475/875; SOILS/WATS 475

Lecture
NRES 476/876

Mammalogy

Field trips are required and may occur outside of scheduled class time. Lab and field time emphasize diversity of mammalian families and species identification of Nebraska mammals. Evolution, natural history, ecology, and functional morphology of planetary mammals and mammals of the Northern Great Plains. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Prerequistes: 8 hrs BIOS; BIOS/NRES 386 or NRES 311

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: BIOS 476/876

Lecture and Lab
NRES 477/877

Great Plains Field Pedology

Spatial relationship of soil properties on various parts of landscape typical of the Plains, causal factors, and predictions of such relationships on other landscapes. Grouping these properties into classes, naming the classes, and the taxonomy that results from this grouping. Application of a taxonomy to a real situation through making a field soil survey in a region representative of the Plains border, predicting land use response of various mapped units as it affects the ecosystem, and evaluating the effectiveness of the taxonomic system used in the region surveyed. Prerequistes: AGRO/SOIL 153 or permission

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: AGRO/SOIL 477; GEOG 467/867

Lecture and Lab
NRES 478/878

Regional Climatology

Regional differentiation of the climates of the earth on both a descriptive and dynamic basis. The chief systems of climatic classification. Prerequistes: NRES/METR 370.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: METR 478/878

Lecture
NRES 479/879

Hydroclimatology

Interaction between earth's climate and the hydro-logic cycle. Energy and water fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface. Atmospheric moisture transport, precipitation, evaoporation, snow melt, and runoff. Impacts of climate variability and change on the hydro-logic cycle.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: BSEN/METR 479/879; WATS 479

Lecture
NRES 481/881

Stream and River Ecology

Fundamental physical drivers operating in stream and river ecosystems and how those vary in space and time. Major classes of organisms associated with stream ecosystems and their functional roles. Fundamental controls on biotic diversity in stream and river ecosystems and its variance. Major aspects of stream ecosystem function including energy flow and nutrient cycling. Ecosystem services provided by stream and river ecosystems and causes and consequences of human impacts on streams and rivers. Underlying principles of bioassessment and current methods of stream restoration. Prerequistes: NRES 222 or equivalent

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: BIOS/WATS 481/881

Lecture and Lab
NRES 482/882

Ecophysiology of Wildlife

Evaluation of the conserved physiological principles that are broadly used across animal groups, as well as the many unique adaptations used by specific taxa. Focuses on all major vertebrate groups, including fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and links the physiological mechanisms that allow them to survive to the environments in which they live. Highlights methods scientists use to gather physiological information, and the ways in this information can be used by scientists in a variety of different fields.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 484/884

Water Resources Seminar

Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region. Prerequistes: Junior standing or above or permission

Credits: 1

Cross Listing: AGRO/GEOG/ GEOL/WATS 484/884

Lecture
NRES 487

Introduction to Landscape Ecology

The history, principles and concepts of landscape ecology. Use and application of landscape structure and function in the planning, the design and management of human and natural landscapes. Prerequistes: AGRO/HORT/SOIL 153 and BIOS/NRES 220, HORT/LARC/GEOG 200,CIVE 353/853/NRES 853 and CRPL 470 recommended.

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: LARC 487

Lecture
NRES 488/888

Groundwater Geology

Occurrence, movement, and development of water in the geologic environment. Prerequistes: GEOL 100-level course; MATH 106 or equivalent

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOL 488/888

Lecture
NRES 489/889

Ichthyology

Fishes, their taxonomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology. Dynamics of fish stocks and factors regulating their production. May also be offered at Cedar Point Biological Station. Prerequistes: 12 hrs biological sciences.

Credits: 4

Lecture and Lab
NRES 491

Geography Field Tour

Group educational tours to specific sites that illustrate aspects of physical and cultural geography. Off-campus travel required.

Cross Listing: GEOG 491/891

Field Study
NRES 492/892

Natural Resources Management - Puerto Rico

Students whall understand and define the concepts, components and interactions of Puerto Rico's ecosystems (natural and agricultural); experience the rain forests, dry forests, plantations, underground caves and rivers, and sweeping coast lines of Puerto Rico; conservation problem solving, land usage; conservation interactions and ecosystem exploration. The group shall visit research stations and interact with the people of Puerto Rico; become aware of Puerto Rico's social, cultural, political, agricultural and conservation issues/policies and will gain in a broad and substantive understanding of the goals, objectives, and challenges facing Puerto Rico; communication and interpretation of contemporary writings concerning tropical ecosystem issues to a variety of audiences in written and oral forms; knowledge of the principles of tropical ecosystem sustainability, conservation and biodiversity; an appreciation of a tropical island as a unique dynamic integrated earth system.

ACE: 9

Cross Listing: NRES 492H; NRES 892

Field Study
NRES 492/892

Study Tours in Natural Resource Management - Wildlife Conservation - Namibia

ACE: 9

Cross Listing: NRES 492H; NRES 892

Field Study
NRES 492/892

Wildlife Management and Conservation - Kruger Nat'l Park

ACE: 9

Cross Listing: NRES 492H; NRES 892

Field Study
NRES 492/892

Wildlife Management and Conservation - Australia

ACE: 9

Cross Listing: NRES 492H; NRES 892

Field Study
NRES 495

Grasslands Seminar

Topic varies and deals with different aspects of forage and/or range and/or livestock, turf and/or landscape grasses, natural habitats, and wetlands. Prerequistes: Junior standing.

Lecture
NRES 497

Career Experiences in Nat. Res. Sci.

Internships are coordinated by School of Natural Resources faculty and administered through the UNL Student Employment and Internship Center. Off-campus work experiences sponsored by natural resource agencies, companies, and organizations. Students collaborate in the development of a plan of work that will identify student responsibilities, including a final written report. Prerequistes: Sophomore standing; School of Natural Resources (SNR) majors; permission and advanced approval of a plan of work.

Field Study
NRES 498 / 898

Global Warming & Emerging Diseases

This course focuses on the health impact of global warming for wildlife and humans. This is the key issue addressed by evolutionary parasitologists facing emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Previous perspectives on parasite/pathogen adaptive capabilities did not recognize their evolutionary potential for rapid adaptation to newly expanding environments and ability to infect novel hosts. This failure results in inadequate response to outbreaks such as the current SARS-CoV-2. Recognition of pathogen plasticity, seen in host switching and range expansion in the 21st century, resulted in the definition of a new theory to explain the evolutionary potential of parasites/pathogens in a warming world. This theory, the Stockholm Paradigm, not only allows prediction of where emergent disease will occur, but also provides a framework for action to control such diseases. This theme will be defined in this course. Prerequistes: 6 hrs NRES or equivalent.

Lecture
NRES 498/898

Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Challenges in Agriculture

With the ease of digital image capturing facility and enormous increase in the processing power of the computers, computer vision and artificial intelligence have gained immense popularity in order to meet current and emerging issues in agriculture relating to future food security under dwindling natural resources and projected climate variability. Imaging techniques facilitate the measurement of observable and behavioral traits of plants by analyzing a large number of plants in short time interval with precision, nullifying the need for time-consuming physical human labor. Depending on the electromagnetic spectrum in which the image is captured, we can compute information about different physiological and morphological aspects of the plant.

The course will also provide an in-depth discussion on image-based plant phenotyping analysis which is an interdisciplinary research field involving computer science, biology, remote sensing, statistics, and genomics in the effort to link intricate plant phenotypes to genetic expression. The course will explain (1) a framework for plant phenotyping in a multimodal, multi-view, time-lapsed, high-throughput imaging system; (2) a taxonomy of phenotypes that may be derived by image analysis for better understanding of morphological structure and functional processes in plants; (3) a brief discussion on publicly available datasets to encourage algorithm development and uniform comparison with the state-of-the-art methods; (4) an overview of the state-of-the-art image-based high-throughput plant phenotyping methods; and (5) open problems for the advancement of this research field.

The course will also provide in-depth description of image-based plant phenotyping analysis.

Prerequistes: 6 hrs NRES or equivalent

Credits: 2

Lecture
NRES 800

Sampling, Data Mgt & Visualization

Implement best practices for scientific computing. Practice with a scientific workflow from the design of the sampling scheme, through generation of the data in the field or lab, up to the point of analysis. Understand cognitive constraints on visualization. Use modern software tools to produce publication quality data visualizations.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 801

Topics in Applied Ecology

A survey of ecological and sociological frameworks used in the applied ecological research. Emphasis on fisheries and wildlife, grasslands, forests, aquatic habitats, and human dimensions of natural resources.

Credits: 2

Lecture
NRES 803

Ecological Statistics

Model-based inference for ecological data, generalized linear and additive models, mixed models, survival analysis, multi-model inference and information theoretic model selection, and study design.

Credits: 4

Cross Listing: STAT 803

Lecture
NRES 807

Plant-Water Relations

Quantitative study of water relations in the soil-plant-atmosphere system. Basic physical processes, which describe the movement of water in the soil and the atmosphere, and the physiological processes, which describe water movement inside of the plant. Stomata physiology and the effects of internal water deficits on photosynthesis, respiration, nitrogen metabolism, cell division and cell enlargement. Results from integrative models used to study the relative importance of environmental versus physiological factors for several plant-environment systems. Prerequistes: BIOS 325 or equivalent, MATH 106 recommended, or permission

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 809

Laboratory Earth: Earth and Its Systems

The earth as a system and the "real world" applications of fundamental physical science processes in this system. Interaction of energy and matter in the geosphere, in the hydrosphere, and in the atmosphere. The earth's relationships to the sun, moon, and other astronomical objects in the solar system.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 810

Landscape Ecology

Spatial arrangements of ecosystems, the interaction among component ecosystems through the flow of energy, materials and organisms, and alteration of this structure through natural or anthropogenic forces. Prerequistes: 12 hrs biological sciences or related fields including BIOS 320 or permission

Lecture
NRES 811

Plant Tissue Culture

Survey of techniques used in plant cell, tissue and organ culture, including current research. Laboratory emphasizes practical manipulation of plant cells, tissues, and organs, including examples from woody and herbaceous plant species. Prerequistes: 12 hrs biological sciences or related fields including BIOS 320 or permission

Lecture and Lab
NRES 814

Laboratory Earth: Earth Natural Resource Systems

Fundamental concepts in the Earth and physical sciences in the understanding of Earth's natural resource systems. Rock and mineral, water, soil, and energy resources. Social factors, human dependence, and the impact of these on natural resource systems

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 825

Geostatistics

Practical methods for solving spatial interpolation and related estimation problems with emphasis on geostatistical methods. Introduction to applied statistical simulation and prediction in geology, hydrogeology and environmental studies. Prerequistes: MATH 106 and STAT 218

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOL 825

Lecture
NRES 829

Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Introduction to and understanding of human dimensions of natural resource management, Interdisciplinary theories and frameworks for understanding and addressing natural resources management. Historical, psychological, cultural, and social influences. Integrative approaches to sustainable ecosystem management.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 830

Laboratory Earth: Climate Research Applications

Climate-change issues serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discete, locally oriented research project through which they define a problelm, analyze data, and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their community. Designed for science educators

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 832

Laboratory Earth: Human Dimensions of Climate Change

Examine science behind global climate change. Use primary data sets to understand the implications for climate change at global and regional/local scales. Focus on potential impacts on human systems including drought, sea level rise, severe weather and populations most likely to be impacted by climate change. Designed for science educators.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 837

Adaptive Natural Resource Management

From cultural taboos to the current socio-ecological framework, the art and science of natural resource management has and continues to evolve. The primary focus of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of structured decision making and adaptive management, but in doing so the course will explore the history of natural resource management and the various management paradigms that have and continue to dominate resource management. At the completion of this course students will have an understanding of the theory and practice of adaptive management as well as an understanding of why we continue to move toward a more transparent and scientific methodology of natural resource management.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 849

Woody Plant Growth and Development

Plant growth and development specifically of woody plants as viewed from an applied whole-plant physiological level. Plant growth regulators, structure and secondary growth characteristics of woody plants, juvenility, senescence, abscission and dormancy. Prerequistes: CHEM 251 and AGRO 325

Lecture
NRES 866

Advanced Limnology

In-depth consideration of selected areas of limnology including stream limnology, primary production, secondary production, nutrient cycling, and eutrophication. Prerequistes: NRES 859 or equivalent

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 871

Quantitative Fishery Assessment

Advanced quantitative techniques of fishery science required to support management practices targeted at populations (recruitment, growth and mortality), communities (e.g., predator-prey interactions) and ecosystems e.g., bio-stressors).

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 873

Ecological Anthropology

Integrative study of human adaptive systems and their ecological contexts. Examination of the dynamic interrelationships between subsistence, technology, social behavior, human demography, and ecological variability.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 880

Vertebrate Population Analysis

Introduction to the estimation of demographic parameters from surveys and mark--recapture data. Emphasizes analytical skills used to estimate population vital rates, such as abundance, density, population size, survival rates, home range size, and movement rates. Reinforces use of multiple hypotheses in scientifc investigations, as well as model selection processes. Prerequistes: 12 hours of biological sciences and college calculus.

Credits: 4

Lecture
NRES 881

Environmental Conflict Management

This two-day short-course is designed to aid students development of theoretically grounded practical approaches to facilitate and manage environmental conflict. The course will provide students with skills to perform well in conflict situations and help students manage conflict in diverse environmental contexts. The program blends presentations, group discussions, conflict analysis, and strategy design exercises and simulations into a highly engaging learning environment. Participants learn from each other and develop personalized tools that can be applied immediately.

Credits: 1

Short Course
NRES 883

Ecological Economics

A synthesis across the notion of "utility" as represented in traditional environmental and natural resource economics, "ecology" in ecological economics, and "community" in behavioral economics. Ideas from thermodynamics with a focus on renewable resources. Development, organization, and enhancement of eco-business, eco-industry, eco-government and eco-communities. Prerequistes: AECN 141 or ECON 212 or equivalent

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 887

Hydrogeology

Principles of flow through porous media with emphasis on basic classical solutions, flow-net analysis, and elementary modern numerical solutions that aid in the analysis and development of groundwater supplies. Prerequistes: GEOL 888/NRES 488 and MATH 208

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 891

Seminar in Natural Resource Sciences

Presentations of special non-thesis topics, and/or research plans, and/or thesis research results.

Credits: 1

Lecture
NRES 891a

Seminar in Natural Resources Sciences: Writing in Science

Current issues in natural resource sciences. Must be working on a scientific manuscrpt or MS/PhD proposal. Prerequistes: 6 hrs NRES or equivalent.

Credits: 1

Lecture
NRES 897

Master of Applied Science Project: Career Experience

Off-campus work experiences sponsored by natural resource agencies, companies and organizations. Students collaborate in the development of a plan of work that will identify student responsibilities, including a final written report. Internships are coordinated by SNRS faculty and administered through the UNL Student Employment and Internship Center (SEIC). Prerequistes: Permission and advanced approval of a plan of work

Cross Listing: HORT 897

Independent
NRES 898

Attribution Science and Decision Making

Cross Listing: BSEN 892

Lecture
NRES 898

Hydraulic Systems in Europe

Cross Listing: BSEN 892

Lecture
NRES 898

Special Topics: Grad Seminar in R and Data Analysis

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 898

Foundations of Resilience

Limitations: NSF Research Traineeship only

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 898

Complexity Science in FEWS Systems

Limitations: NSF Research Traineeship only

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: BSEN 892

Lecture
NRES 906

Crop Growth and Yield Modeling

Descriptive and explanatory crop growth and yield models will be studied in detail. Descriptive models will focus on yield predictions using easily available inputs while the processes that lead to yield will be examined in explanatory models. Prerequistes: NRES 808 or equivalent. Experience in programming in a high-level computer language.

Credits: 3

Lab
NRES 907

Agricultural Climatology

Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years. Analysis and use of climatological data as applied to agricultural activities and the use of climatological information to assist in decision making Prerequistes: NRES 808; BIOM *801 or equivalent or permission

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/HORT/ METR 907

Lecture
NRES 916

Environmental Law and Water Resource Management Seminar

An interdisciplinary seminar with the Department of Civil Engineering. Contemporary environmental issues and water resource management. Prerequistes: Permission.

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 917

Environmental Isotope Hydrology

Theory and use of stable, radiogenic and radioactive isotopes in hydrologic studies. Abundance and variation of the stable isotopes of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, sulphur, chlorine, nitrogen, and strontium. Application of the isotopes to determine water origin, movement, geochemical history, recharge age and residence time, and to delineate contaminant sources and solute migration. Prerequistes: NRES 819 or equivalent or permission

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: GEOL 917

Lecture
NRES 918

Applied Groundwater Modeling

Forward and backward numerical analysis of groundwater flow systems and their interactions with other hydro-logic components. Groundwater model development and parameter estimation using MODFLOW, PEST, and other widely used modeling packages. Prerequistes: GEOL/NRES 488/888 or *889, MATH 208/208H, or equivalent

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 920

Xenobiotics in the Environment

Fate and ecotoxicological impacts of biologically foreign compounds in soil-water-plant environments; uptake, mechanisms of toxicity and metabolism in plants and other biota. Herbicides and other pesticides. Prerequistes: Recommend one course each in organic chemistry, soil science, biochemistry, plant physiology, microbiology and ecology

Credits: 3

Cross Listing: AGRO/ENTO/ HORT/NRES/ TOXI 920

Lecture
NRES 922

Seminar in Geographic Information Systems

Study of current research and trends in geographic information systems (GIS), GIScience, and GeoComputation. Advanced spatial analytical techniques and geospatial modeling emphasizing GIS applications in natural resources assessment, environmental analyses, agriculture, and land management. Prerequistes: GEOG 812 and 822; or equivalent

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 935

Seminar in Historical Geography

Discussion of current literature and research on selected aspects of historical geography. Specific theme of course varies according to instructor.

Lecture
NRES 954

Turbulent Transfer in the Atmospheric Surface Layer

Prerequistes: MATH 821; MECH 310 or NRES 808 or BIOS 857; or equivalent or permission

Credits: 3

Lecture
NRES 965

Managed Aquatic Systems

Theoretical aspects of structure and function in aquatic systems managed for human needs, ecological processes, river-reservoir interface, energy flow (including fate and transport), population dynamics, and multiple-use systems. Prerequistes: NRES 463/863 or equivalent; BIOS/NRES 489/889 or equivalent; and permission

Credits: 3

Lecture