School of Natural Resources and Environment

Conservation Ecology News & Highlights

Thanks to the generous donation of Jean Whittemore Sharp (BA, ’44), twenty-one SNRE students from various specializations were selected to participate in the San Francisco Career Trek. From October 17-18, these students had the opportunity to meet with over 45 Bay Area alumni and professionals that offered their time for roundtable discussions, moderated panels, personal meetings, as well as a networking reception.

Bilal Butt is an Assistant Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment and a faculty affiliate of the African Studies Center, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Program in the Environment, and the Center for Global and Inter-Cultural Study at the University of Michigan. Bilal's research aims to answer questions of how people and wildlife are adapting to changing climates, politics, livelihoods and ecologies in sub-Saharan Africa. You can learn more about his current work at



We were pleased to welcome 143 master’s students to SNRE this fall. The Class of 2018 hail from 11 countries, more than 40 universities, and virtually every region of the US. They bring a wide range of undergraduate degrees and most significantly, cultural experiences and unique perspectives. Although their interests, goals and career plans are just as diverse, they share an acute sense of their responsibility as stewards of the environment, and an eagerness, as one student put it, to get things done.

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.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Launch Conservation Scholars Program

The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan has launched a new program to introduce greater diversity into the environmental conservation workforce. The program, funded by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, enables U-M to join four other universities across the country that administer the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program: Northern Arizona University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Florida, and University of Washington.