Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainability
Alaska and the Circumpolar North face increasingly complex challenges in use and management of natural resources. These challenges require the education and training of high-level professionals with skills for considering the interaction of social and natural systems and informing the development and implementation of practices and policies that enhance natural resource management. The Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainability at the University of Alaska Fairbanks prepares future leaders as academic researchers, educators, agency and industry professionals and analysts of non-governmental organizations and communities for careers at the frontiers of science in the management of natural resources and environment. The program objectives and its curriculum center around three thematic areas of study:
- Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
- Resource Policy and Sustainability Science
- Forest and Agricultural Sciences
In the NRS Ph.D. program, each student draws on a common set of core courses, and with his/her graduate committee, develops a program of coursework and research that produces a unique intellectual contribution to the applied field of Natural Resource and Sustainability. Students may elect to focus on one of the three thematic areas or they may choose to integrate themes to develop their areas of knowledge and dissertation research.
The Ph.D. program builds on existing resources at UAF and directly complements and supports the mission of several funded university and national initiatives including the Resilience and Adaptation Program, EPSCoR “Resilience and Vulnerability of a Rapidly Changing North,” the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning project, and the Center for Global Change.