School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmental Informatics News & Highlights

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


NSF CNH grant

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $1.6 million to study the impacts of land transactions and investments on agricultural production, ecosystem services, and food-energy security in Ethiopia.

Professor Arun Agrawal and Interim Dean and Professor Daniel Brown are leading the project from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan in collaboration with Professor Jane Southworth, chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Florida.

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. 

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.

Last Thursday, the second annual University of Michigan Innovation In Action competition concluded, with six stunning student pitches for startups that could make a significant dent on the health and well-being of communities. It was a great example of what can be achieved at the intersection of public health, entrepreneurship, and the creativity and energy that students can bring to real-world problems.

Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting three types of projects for the next research funding cycle, from 2016-2018. For the past several cycles, MSG has focused on Integrated Assessment projects. The 2015 call for proposals, however, includes two new opportunities. Core research, a more traditional approach to research, and graduate student research fellowships have been added to this RFP.

Pre-proposals and proposals are sought for the following topics: