- Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands
- Natural Resource Studies
- Watershed Management and Ecohydrology
- Wildlife or Fisheries Conservation and Management
The School of Natural Resources and the Environment offers several avenues in which to earn a Ph.D. 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.
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.
The PhD minor in Natural Resources require 12 units of coursework, and 6 of those units must be taught by SNRE faculty members. Your minor advisor should be a SNRE faculty member. See our faculty pages for information on our faculty member's research interests.
Natural Resources PhD students are able to minor in Natural Resources. 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.
The PhD minor in Water, Society and Policy requires 12 units of coursework. A full list of requirements can be found at the link below.
For a complete list of minors across campus, click here. Most of the majors listed offer minors.
Distribution Rights - For Theses and Dissertations
Graduate Student Funding Opportunities
These resources can help you locate funding to support your tuition and fees or your research.
Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants
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 students; 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).
McGinnies Fellowship (for doctoral students)
Office of Felllowships and Community Engagement (Will assit students with funding source outside the UA)
Small Grant Opportunities for SNRE Grad Students
T and E, Inc., Small Grants
Southwestern Association of Naturalists, Small Grants
Travel Grants (Graduate and Professional Student Council)
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.
RNR 596L Leadership and Communication for Environmental Scientists (Fall)