Much of the world—including the United States—faces increasing conflict as Earth’s human population continues to grow but the supply of good, clean water decreases. Water shortages and the struggle to determine how much should be used for agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife and drinking have sparked legal and policy battles. In addition, pesticides, pollution, invasive species, climate change and droughts threaten the availability of good, clean water. Resolving these complex issues requires the best scientific information and training of natural resource scientists, managers, engineers and policymakers.

The National Science Foundation established a National Research Traineeship program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to meet this need.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln NRT program trains master’s and doctoral students in understanding resilience of agricultural ecosystems, particularly the Platte River Basin in Nebraska. The NRT students come from multiple disciplines—the natural, computational, engineering, agricultural and social sciencesto study panarchy theory, novel sensing technologies and modeling, adaptive management and policy interventions. They strive to develop tools that can collect, synthesize and analyze data to inform decisions and policies for managing water resources. They hope to keep the Platte River Basin and other agro-ecosystems healthy and resilient for all who depend upon them now and for generations to come.

Upcoming Events

October 17 to 19

NRT annual meeting in Blacksburg, Virginia

October 24-27

Platte River Basin Conference and 3rd Playa Research Symposium in Kearney, Nebraska

November 29

Carbon in Agriculture Summit in Nebraska East Union, Lincoln, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Recent Events

Lyndsie Wszola, NRT doctoral student, defended her dissertation, "People, Fish, and Climate: Life History Evolution in Warming Water," in Manter Hall, Room 402A, on September 28, 2022.

Sarah Thompson, NRT master's student, defended her thesis, "Human and Hydrological Influences on Nebraska’s Endangered Rainwater Basin Wetlands," in Hardin Hall, Room 901, on September 16, 2022.

Kate BirdNRT master's student, defended her thesis, "Landscape Change, Scale, and Human Response to Change in the Great Plains," in Hardin Hall, Room 901, on September 2, 2022.

Katharine Hogan, NRT doctoral student, received the 2022 Meritorious Graduate Student award in the School of Natural Resources during its Fall Kickoff on August 19, 2022.

Brandy Williams, doctoral student, and Jonathan Cronk and Bridget McKinley, master's students, joined the NRT in August. 

Craig Allen, NRT director, and Katia Carranza and Catherine Chan, NRT students, attended the Ecological Society of America conference in Montreal, Canada, August 14-19, 2022.

Alexis Chavez, NRT master's student, defended his thesis, "Toward Usable Environmental Information: A Case Study with the Santee Sioux Nation," by Zoom on August 12, 2022.

NRT students Cat Chan, Kate Bird, Alexis Chavez and Sarah Thompson presented to the External Advisory Board on June 1, 2022.

Seven students presented at the NRT annual review in the School of Natural Resources on May 26, 2022. The NRT will complete its final year at Nebraska from August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023.

NRT students Rubi Quiñones and Dominic Cristiano graduated May 13, 2022. Quiñones has accepted a tenure-track professorship in computer science and computer vision at Southern Illinois University.

Craig Allen, director of the NRT, presented on agricultural resilience at the Earth Day event in Bellevue, Nebraska, on May 1, 2022.

Daniel Morales, NRT master’s student, led landowner workshops in the Denton Hills on February 4 and April 28, 2022. 

Diana Doan-Crider, project coordinator for the Native American Rangelands Training Initiative and director of the Animo Partnership in Natural Resources, spoke to the NRT on April 27 about field safety and safety in academia for all scientists.

Rubi Quiñones defended her dissertation, "Unsupervised Cosegmentation and Phenotypes for Multimodal, Multiview, and Multistate Imagery," on April 22, 2022.

Dominic Cristiano defended his master's thesis, "An Investigation of the Attitudes and Behavioral Outcomes of Nebraskan Hunters Toward Tick-Borne Disease," on April 19, 2022.

Allison Zach, coordinator of the Nebraska Invasive Species Program, spoke to the NRT about invasive species on April 13, 2022.

Lisa Pytlik-Zillig, NRT professor; Ronica Stromberg, the NRT program coordinator; and NRT students attended the lecture of Walter Echo-Hawk, law professor and Pawnee activist, at the Lied Center on April 6, 2022. Before the lecture Stromberg and the students ate Cajun food at Buzzard Billy's in the Haymarket.

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