New NRES Course Now Available

At their Fall 2015 meeting, the NRES Governing Board approved the following course as a new block elective:

GEOG 508 Geographic Information Systems I
Applied Science and Technology

The NRES Secondary Major is pleased to include this course to our list of approved block electives.  If you have a suggestion for a new course that should be considered for inclusion in the program, please see the procedure outlined in our Suggest a New NRES Course web page.

NRES Seminar Series Update

Dr. David Haukos presents "Conservation of Wetlands from a Systems Approach" on October 15, 2015.

Dr. David Haukos presents “Conservation of Wetlands from a Systems Approach” on October 15, 2015.

The Fall 2015 NRES Seminar Series featured guest presentations by six K-State faculty and staff.  Special thanks to Trisha Moore (Biological & Agricultural Engineering), Shawn Hutchinson (Geography), Bonnie Lynn-Sherow (History), David Haukos (Biology), Steffi Dippold (English), and Kendra McLauchlan (Geography) for their terrific talks.

The seminar series helps us achieve our student learning outcomes by expanding students broad-based knowledge of natural resources/environmental science and by illustrating the commonalities (and differences) in academic perspectives for studying and solving contemporary natural resources issues.

This series, which continues to grow in popularity since its inception in Spring 2014, is focused on undergraduate students and was established to help build a sense of community, an appreciation for the breadth and depth of issues and approaches, and awareness of current research in natural resources and environmental science fields.

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The NRES Secondary Major is supported financially by the Office of the Provost, College of Agriculture, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, and GENEROUS ALUMNI and donors like you!

Welcome Back, Dr. Sherow!

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Dr. Jim Sherow, Department of History.

We welcome back Dr. Jim Sherow from the Department of History as the newest member of the NRES Board of Directors.  Dr. Sherow is a historian Moore is an ecological engineer with teaching and research interests in sustainable soil and water use.  Long affiliated with the NRES Secondary Major, Dr. Sherow teaching and research interests are environmental history, Kansas history, North American Indian history, and the history of the American West.  His term runs from 2016-2019.

Environmental Scholars Fund for NRES

NRES-Media-ImageThe Environmental Scholars Fund (F24325) was established in 2015 to support undergraduate learning and research experiences for students in the NRES Secondary Major.  Funds contributed to this account will be used to enhance the NRES curriculum and to offset the increasing costs of travel, fieldwork, and conference participation associated with student research and outreach work.  Please consider contributing to this opportunity today!

Spring 2015 Student Capstone Projects

Sample site from Little Kitten Creek in Manhattan.

Water quality sample site along Little Kitten Creek in Manhattan.

Nineteen students – from three colleges and different majors – successfully completed the NRES capstone course in Spring 2015.  Faculty advisors were Lisa Harrington (Geography), Shawn Hutchinson (Geography), and Anandhi Swamy (Agronomy).

Students worked on four different projects including “Adapting to Climate Variability:  An Analysis of the Southern Great Plains”, “Anderson Watershed Water Quality Analysis”, “Kansas State University Sustainability”, and “Water Quality Assessment:  The Effects of Land Use and Land Cover in Urban and Agricultural Lands.”  Project reports and scientific poster presentations can be viewed and downloaded from the NRES website.

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New NRES Courses Now Available

At their Fall 2014 meeting, the NRES Governing Board approved the following courses as new block electives:

CHM 316 Environmental Science:  A Chemistry Perspective Lab
Natural Sciences
ENGL 270 American Literature: American Natures
Social Sciences and Humanitites

The NRES Secondary Major is pleased to include these courses to our list of approved block elective as interesting new options.  If you have a suggestion for a new course that should be considered for inclusion in the program, please see the procedure outlined in our Suggest a New NRES Course web page.

Thank you to Dr. Dan Higgins (Department of Chemistry) and Dr. Steffi Dippolds (Department of English) for their assistance during the course review and approval process!

NRES Seminar Series Update

Dr. Keith Gido presents "Groundwater Loss, Dams, and Drought:  Ratcheting Down Great Plains Fish Diversity" during the Spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Keith Gido discusses changes in Great Plains fish communities due to groundwater loss, dams, and drought.

The Spring 2015 NRES Seminar Series featured guest presentations by five K-State faculty and staff.  Special thanks to Lisa Harrington (Geography), Bruce Snead (Engineering Extension), Robert Atchison (K-State Forest Service), Saugata Datta (Geology), and Keith Gido (Biology) for their terrific talks.

The seminar series helps us achieve our student learning outcomes by expanding students broad-based knowledge of natural resources/environmental science and by illustrating the commonalities (and differences) in academic perspectives for studying and solving contemporary natural resources issues.

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Welcome New NRES Board Members

We welcome Dr. Trisha Moore from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Dr. Lisa Harrington from the Department of Geography as the newest members of the NRES Board of Directors.  Dr. Moore is an ecological engineer with teaching and research interests in sustainable soil and water use.  Long affiliated with the NRES Secondary Major, Dr. Harrington rejoins the board and has expertise in environmental change and management, sustainability, and rural geography.  The terms for both new board members run from 2015-2018.

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The NRES Secondary Major is supported financially by the Office of the Provost, College of Agriculture, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, and GENEROUS ALUMNI and donors like you!