Department of Natural Resources Science
Welcome to the Department of Natural Resources Science (NRS). NRS NRS, a department within the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS), excels in interdisciplinary and innovative scientific inquiry. We pride ourselves in educating tomorrow’s environmental leaders, and in contributing to a green economy and a sustainable environment. Our mission is to promote the highest quality of science and education while generating knowledge and integrative solutions for the 21st century. We achieve this mission by:
- engaging in collaborative research, teaching, and outreach
- effectively communicating our knowledge to a diverse set of stakeholders
- giving students hands-on expertise in the identification, mapping, and assessment of natural and altered habitats
- teaching management approaches that can protect and restore overall environmental quality and biological diversity
- contributing to solutions for local, national, and international environmental issues
- applying state-of-the-art techniques such as computerized mapping, satellite sensing, and high resolution field and lab analyses
Departmental resources include spatial analysis and graphics capabilities in our Environmental Data Center and the Laboratory for Terrestrial Remote Sensing; 21st Century chemical analysis laboratories; state-wide teaching and research sites including several State and Federal wildlife management areas; and the Kingston Wildlife Research Station (the longest running bird banding monitoring station in the United States).
We are also home to URI’s Cooperative Extension programs in Natural Resources and Environmental Management which include the Water Quality Program and the Renewable Resources Program that provide Rhode Island citizens with the scientific information to better assess and manage their land and water resources. In addition, NRS hosts multiple personnel from the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program.