The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ph.D. Degrees

Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands

Watershed Management and Ecohydrology
Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management
Natural Resources Studies

 

 

 

Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands

The study of the Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands includes all the biological and physical processes of ecosystems - knowledge needed for sustainable use of rangelands as well as management of the diverse and complex systems that they support. Range managers develop a scientific foundation and a broad base of skills so that they can manage rangelands to meet conservation goals, maximize long-term productivity, and enhance the interaction between people and the land. Our work includes: soil, plant and animal inventories and monitoring, development of resource management plans, educating the public, and restoration of degraded rangeland.

Entrance and Degree Requirements
Faculty in this Program


The School of Natural Resources and the Environment offers several avenues in which to earn a MS degree in Natural Resources.

All Natural Resources majors select among the following options:

Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands
Watershed Management and Ecohydrology
Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management
Natural Resources Studies

Natural Resources Studies

The Natural Resources Studies degree program provides an interdisciplinary graduate education for individuals wishing to contribute to natural resource policy and management decisions made in an environment increasingly influenced not only by technical elements, but by economic, legal, political and social factors as well. This major is appropriate for students continuing on from undergraduate work in natural resource management and for mid-career professionals interested in broadening their expertise in natural resource policy, administration, planning, management and ecology.

Entrance and Degree Requirements
Faculty in this Program

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The School of Natural Resources and the Environment offers several avenues in which to earn a MS degree in Natural Resources.

All Natural Resources majors select among the following options:

Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands
Watershed Management and Ecohydrology
Wildlife or Fisheries Conservation and Management
Natural Resources Studies
 

Watershed Management and Ecohydrology

Water is the critical limiting factor for resource management in dry land environments. The Watershed Management & Ecohydrology Program within the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at The University of Arizona brings a quantitative, multi-disciplinary approach to study and research on the role of water in management of natural resources. We study the interactions between hydrologic processes, management activities, and land surface conditions. Our program emphasizes hydrologic characteristics of watersheds and ecosystems in the arid and semiarid Southern region.

Entrance and Degree Requirements
Faculty in this Program


The School of Natural Resources and the Environment offers several avenues in which to earn a MS degree in Natural Resources.

All Natural Resources majors select among the following options:

Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands
Watershed Management and Ecohydrology
Wildlife or Fisheries Conservation and Management
Natural Resources Studies

Graduate study in Wildlife Conservation and Management provides opportunities to explore ecological principles, field research techniques, tools for data analysis, and applications of research findings to management and conservation of all types of wildlife resources.  Scholars interested in wildlife ecology have long had a hand in how to manage wildlife resources for conservation, recreation, or yield. This coupling of academic research with real world application is the hallmark of the faculty, students, and collaborators associated with the Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona.

Graduate study in Fisheries Conservation and Management is conducted in collaboration with the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, which is supported by The University of Arizona, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the USGS.  Research programs are diverse, ranging from field studies in lowland impoundments, large rivers, and high mountain lakes and streams, to many types of laboratory experiments.  Students focus on basic aquatic ecology and applications of research to conservation and management.  The research conducted ultimately benefits the public through the cooperative efforts of the University, Arizona Game and Fish Department, USGS, and other resource management entities.

Graduate degrees qualify students for professional careers with state game and fish agencies, federal agencies (such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs), non-government agencies, and private consulting firms.  Ph.D. graduates frequently seek research or academic positions.

Entrance and Degree Requirements 
Faculty in this Program

All PhD students must complete a minor.

Course work for the minor depends on the requirements outlined by the minor department or program, but will be at least 9 units.

 

Natural Resource PhD students are able to minor in Natural Resources under one of the Natural Resource options provided that it is different from their major option:

 

Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands
Watershed Management and Ecohydrology
Wildlife or Fisheries Conservation and Management
Natural Resources Studies

 

Minors in any of these emphases require 9 units of coursework, with the exception of the option in Natural Resources Studies (NRS).  The NRS option requires 12 units of course work (6 units from two different course prefixes/emphases) to reflect the interdisciplinary nature inherent in this option. 

 

Only the minor “Natural Resources” will appear on your diploma, but the coursework you select will reflect the emphasis.

 

The courses you select for your minor must be approved by your minor advisor and your committee. Students with a minor outside the School must identify a minor advisor who will determine which courses are required for the minor.  Your minor advisor will sit on your comprehensive exam committee, but is not required to sit on your dissertation defense committee.

 

For a complete list of minors across campus, click here.  Most of the majors listed offer minors. 

SNRE Policies

Final Defense Protocols for PhD students

 

 

FROM SUBMISSION TO APPROVAL: Checklist for Finishing Your Doctoral Requirements

 
 

Forms


UA GradPath Forms (Plan of Study, Committee Appointment, and other graduate college forms)


Other Graduate College forms


Annual Report Form PhD Due April 15th each year

 

SNRE Internal Graduate Petition for Grievences


Qualifying Meeting Form (PhD)

 

Sample Dissertation Title Page


Thesis/Dissertation Submission Form


For students in the Natural Resources Studies Emphasis ONLY: The School Plan of Study and degree requirements guidelines will help with your plan. You must also file a Graduate College Plan of Study after the school plan is approved.

 

Responsible Conduct of Research


If you work with vertebrates, you will need to get IACUC approval to conduct your research. Click here for a brief overview, and be sure to visit IACUC's website.
If you work with humans as part of your research (surveys, interviews, etc.), you will need to get Human Subjects approval to conduct your research. Click here for a brief overview and be sure to visit the Human Subjects website.
 

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities


These resources can help you locate funding to support your tuition and fees or your research. 
 

Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants


Workforce-Ready Master's Fellowship

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program (for returned Peace Corps Volunteers)

Edmund S. Muskie, Freedom Support Act Fellowships (for international students from the former Soviet Union)

Graduate College Fellowships (for incoming graduate student; SNRE applies annually for Fellowship support (~$5000), and faculty select one or two students to receive funds.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarships (These are Tuition scholarships. SNRE's Academic Coordinator assists a faculty committee that sets distribution of funds among graduate students nominated by their faculty advisor for all admitted graduate and undergraduate students).

EPA STAR Fellowships

NSF Predoctoral Fellowships

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants

McGinnies Fellowship (for doctoral students)
 

Small Grant Opportunities for SNRE Grad Students


T and E, Inc., Small Grants

Travel Grants (Graduate and Professional Student Council) 

Other Resources (Extramural Funding and Searchable Databases for funding)
 

The following scholarships are earmarked for students in SNRE, but most are administered through the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS).  Applications become available in the spring of each year.  SNRE students should use the CALS on-line application to apply for these scholarships, and applicants will automatically be eligible for funds from certain CALS scholarships targeted for any student with a major within CALS.  Faculty in the School select scholarship recipients in their respective Programs, and determine how funds will be divided among selected students, but these selections are subject to review by CALS administrators.
 

Cowden, E. Ray Scholarship (annual funds available ≈$5,000) Available for freshman through graduate students in the Range Program, but most often awarded to advanced undergraduate students.  Range Program faculty select students and notify the Assistant Director who forwards names to the College.

Phil Ogden Endowment - primarily for travel grants for graduate students (and some undergraduates) in the Range Option and presenting at scientific conferences.  Awarded twice each year to cover winter and summer meetings. Nominations are made by major professors in the Range Resources Program.  Award - usually $500 each; 2 to 3 awards each year.

Harry Wayne Springfield Endowment -  Same criteria as for Ogden Awards; primarily for graduate students (some undergraduates) focusing on Range Science or plant ecology within SNRE.  Students nominated and selected by Rangeland and Forest Resources faculty.  Award - usually $500 each; 5 awards each year.

H. Lynn Anderson Fund  (annual funds available ≈$1,400)   For full-time students in Range program.  Graduate or undergraduate students are eligible.

Noon,  Horton E.  (annual funds available ≈$850)   Upper division undergraduate or graduate students with professional promise and good character; must be an Arizona resident;  Preference to students with financial need.  This award is available to students in Watershed.

Martha Grinder (about $800 / year) Award goes to graduate students in the Wildlife & Fisheries Program; highest priority to doctoral students in Wildlife with a demonstrated interest and contribution in teaching.  Award may not be made every year.  The Wildlife & Fisheries scholarship coordinator will call for nominations from WFSC faculty at the end of Spring Semester for the Fall award.

Seegmiller,  Rick (annual funds available ≈$650)  Award goes to graduate students in the Wildlife & Fisheries Program doing wildlife research and evidence of unusual contributions to undergraduate or graduate students or to faculty in the WFSC Program.  Award may not be made every year.   The Wildlife & Fisheries scholarship coordinator will call for nominations from WFSC faculty at the end of Spring Semester for the Fall award.

Arrington Scholarship   (annual funds available ≈ $5,000).  For graduate students in Wildlife with preference to students who:  (#1) were former employees of Arizona Game & Fish or (#2) worked on projects associated with Az G&F, or (#3) have extensive experience working in the field of Wildlife Management.

Erv Zube Scholarship  - (annual funds available ≈$1,000)  Full-time graduate students demonstrating outstanding potential in their field and majoring in SNRE or Landscape Architecture.  Funds come to SNRE in odd-numbered years and to Landscape Architecture in even-numbered years.

C.P. Patrick Reid Scholarship - Created at retirement of former SNRE director, Dr. C.P. Patrick Reid.  Awards may begin in Fall 2009.

The University of Arizona is a big place. It qualifies as a small town. Navigating the bureaucracy and jumping through hoops can be challenging. Here are some good people to talk to if you have questions about what to do.

General School Information
Katie Hughes, Graduate Coordinator

621-7260, BSE 325, khughes@email.arizona.edu

Katie is the go to person for academic policy, funding and scholarship opportunities, steps to your degree, registration problems, and any other general questions. 


Dr. William Matter, Assistant Director for Academic Programs

621-7280, BSE 319, wmatter@ag.arizona.edu

Dr. Bill is a good person to talk to if you need faculty guidance.
 

Faculty Advisors

Every student has a faculty advisor.  They should be your first stop for questions related to your project, your funding, and your coursework.
 

The Business Office and Administrative Services

Links for commonly used SNRE forms and instructions.

Please send all business and/or administrative questions and issues to snre@email.arizona.edu.
 

The Graduate College
Frank Whitehead, Degree Counselor

621-0119, fwhitehead@grad.arizona.edu

Frank is part of the Graduate Student Academic Services team.  He is our contact at the Graduate College for information on all steps toward degree completion.

 

University of Arizona
Ombuds Program

The University of Arizona Ombuds Program provides an informal means of problem resolution if you have a University-related concern, conflict, or dispute. An Ombuds is not empowered to change a decision, but through intervention or a clarification of matters, information may emerge to assist in the resolution of the problem. Call the Director of the Ombuds Program at (520) 626-5589 or call an Ombuds directly if you need help.

(ASUA) Student Legal Services

Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) offers psychological counseling and psychiatric services to students to help them cope with personal problems so that they can successfully achieve their educational goals. http://www.health.arizona.edu/caps.htm