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 18-20

Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference

October 21

Water for Food Global Forum, topic of the day: Water and Nutrient Management

October 28

Water for Food Global Forum, topic of the day: Climate Change and Extreme Events

November 22

Dessalegn Ejigu Berhane, biology professor at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia, presents to the NRT about his work with the endangered ibex species and with natural resource management

February 9-11

National Science Foundation workshop for INFEWS principal investigators

Recent Events

Anthony Schutz, professor in the Nebraska College of Law, presented an overview of water law in Nebraska to the NRT on October 11.

Craig AllenNRT director, presented about sustainable food and water security at the university's Grand Challenges luncheon on September 28.

The university honored Craig Allen, NRT director, as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, at the Laurels award ceremony September 21.

NRT students Kate Bird and Rubi Quiñones presented at the virtual Midwest Women in Science Conference September 18-19. Bird received an honorable mention for best talk for her presentation on the importance of scale in evaluating landscape connectivity.

NRT students Kate Bird and Daniel Morales took part in the IANR Graduate Student Science Communication Workshop September 1.

Lance Gunderson, international expert on adaptive management, taught the "Adaptive Management" short course at the Nebraska NRT in conjunction with an annual retreat and social activities at the Niobrara Preserve August 9-13.

Students Katia Carranza, Araceli Gomez Villegas and Miyauna Incarnato joined the NRT as master's students on August 1.

John Chick, principal scientist and field station director at the Illinois Natural History Survey, spoke July 29 to the NRT about river ecology.

NRT students Kate Bird, Catherine Chan, Alexis Chavez, Dominic Cristiano, Bre Lewis-Jones, Annie Madsen, Daniel Morales, Rubi Quiñones, Sarah Thompson and Lyndsie Wszola presented the progress on their research at the NRT annual review on June 8.

NRT students Dominic Cristiano, Annie Madsen, Daniel Morales, Rubi Quiñones and Lyndsie Wszola presented their research to the Nebraska NRT External Advisory Board on June 1.

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