Imagine yourself observing wildlife in the rain
forests of Costa Rica. Or learning survival techniques in the grandeur of one
of Southwestern America’s most breathtaking national parks.
Those are the kinds of experiences you can
expect on natural resources and environmental management (NREM) graduate field studies.
Past Alaska field studies have included tours of
Prince William Sound and explorations of Chugach National Forest and Denali
National Park. Alaska offers opportunities for students to observe archaeological
and gold mining sites, glacial and geologic processes, and participate in
discussions on Alaska's energy and mining policy, park and forest management,
the fishing industry, and wildlife conservation.
Having led several field studies to Costa Rica,
our department has studied the management of tropical rainforests, wildlife,
energy, and agricultural resources across a range of sites: Monteverde Cloud
Forest Reserve, Guanacaste National Park, the Arenal hydroelectric facility,
and the Poas and Arenal volcanoes.
As the home of some of the United States' finest
national parks, the American Southwest gives students a chance to learn
wilderness survival techniques, nature center and interpretive program
management, and overall visitor management on public lands. Students also gain
an appreciation for natural resource management and the need for water
For the past four years, students have traveled
to this scenic area of the country for a unique wilderness experience. While
there, students have interviewed local residents about their experiences living
near a sulfur mine and an international wilderness area.
Many students choose research topics that help local or nearby communities
address real-world environmental challenges. These issues can be addressed during
multi-semester community research projects, which allow you to spend one or
more semesters working with community partners on projects related to local
environmental issues. In these cases,
students can complete semester course projects, or adapt the research into
their master’s thesis or creative projects.
For example, recently students have studied the
local White River watershed and tributaries to give their master’s research a
local focus. Others have examined Prairie Creek Reservoir, which is locally
relevant because it serves as a backup drinking water supply for the city of
Muncie. Other students have focused on urban issues, such as the soil quality
of city gardens. Others have cleaned up
abandoned brownfield sites, such as old car-dumping areas. Still others have addressed
concerns in more rural areas, such as in southern Indiana where the risk of
wildfires along the national forest and community/residential edges is present.
For more information
on upcoming field study opportunities, contact us today.
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