Alaska and the circumpolar North face increasingly complex challenges in the 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.
In the NRS Ph.D. program, each student draws on a common set of core courses and,
with their graduate committee, develops a program of coursework and research that
produces a unique intellectual contribution to the applied field of natural resources
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
The three thematic areas of study are:
- Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
- Resource Policy and Sustainability Science
- Forest and Agricultural Sciences
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, and the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning project.
This is a joint program between the School of Natural Resources and Extension (SNRE) and the School of Management and is managed by SNRE.
For more information on this program please see:
Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainability Website