Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainability

Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainability

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 research.

The three thematic areas of study are:

  1. Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
  2. Resource Policy and Sustainability Science
  3. 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