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

May 17

Free webinar about environmental resilience during Covid-19 offered at 2 p.m. here by NRT professor Francisco Muñoz-Arriola in conjunction with the launch of his new book on the same subject 

May 18

Andrew Caven, Crane Trust, addresses Crane Trust work, research and management challenges and resilience in the Central Platte River Valley

May 24-28

“Resilience Foundations from Theory to Practice” short course of the Resilience Alliance offered globally

June 1

NRT External Advisory Board meeting, with Lyndsie Wszola, Annie Madsen, Rubi Quiñones, Dominic Cristiano, and Daniel Morales presenting their research

June 8

NRT Annual Review, with the following students participating: Rubi Quiñones, Lyndsie Wszola, Annie Madsen, Dominic Cristiano, Daniel Morales, Catherine Chan, Bre Lewis-Jones, Kate Bird, Alexis Chavez, and Sarah Thompson

Recent Events

The NRT accepted Katia Carranza, Araceli Gomez Villegas and Miyauna Incarnato as master's students for fall 2021. These outstanding new students will start their NRT traineeships August 1.

Two graduate students from a Maine NRT met with the Nebraska NRT on April 20 to discuss ecological and social resilience in communities reliant on tourism and forestry.

Francisco Muñoz-ArriolaNRT professor; Ronica Strombergthe program coordinator; and three NRT students took part in the Virtual Tribal Water and Food Sustainability Summit through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Tribal Extension Office, the Nebraska Water Center, and the Native American Coalition on April 14-15. Students attending were Kate Bird, Katharine Hogan and Sydney James.

Lyndsie Wszola, NRT doctoral student, cotaught a National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) online class about decision support tools using the Shiny application, February 2 to March 3.

Craig Allen, NRT director, took over as editor of Ecology and Society on March 1.

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