School of Natural Resources and Environment

Conservation Ecology

SNRE’s Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is now underway!  Each summer, the program brings 20 undergraduates from environmental studies or a related field to SNRE for an eight-week summer internship program.

This is the program’s first year at SNRE. They have welcomed participants from 17 colleges and universities around the country to work in labs alongside SNRE faculty, research scientists, and doctoral students.

DDCSP U-M Team 2015-2016

SNRE has launched two new programs to introduce greater diversity into the environmental conservation workforce: the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) and the Environmental Fellows Program (EFP). The programs are administered through the school's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, led by Professor Dorceta Taylor. 

Ivette Perfecto is the George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources, and Environment. Her research focuses on biodiversity and arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in rural and urban agriculture. She also works on spatial ecology of the coffee agroecosystem and is interested more broadly on the links between small-scale sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, and food sovereignty.

Photo by Todd Marsee, Michigan Sea Grant

This week the University of Michigan’s Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) is convening top scientists from around the Great Lakes to participate in the first of three mini-summits focused on identifying the most pressing research and management needs to achieve sustainability in the Great Lakes.

Butt and Xu win CAREER awards

Two SNRE assistant professors recently earned National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards — the organization’s most prestigious program for supporting early-career scientists. According to the NSF, CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. 

Chinook salmon in Lake Huron

Lake Huron's Chinook salmon fishery will likely never return to its glory days because the lake can no longer support the predatory fish's main food source, the herring-like alewife, according to a new computer-modeling study by SNRE's Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez and her former doctoral student, Yu-Chun Kao. Read the full story by Michigan News here.