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

November 29

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

Recent Events

Katharine Hogan, NRT doctoral student, defended her dissertation, "Different Legacies, Similar Journeys: How Factors Within and Outside Management Control Structure Prairie Restorations and Remnants," on November 18, 2022, in the School of Natural Resources.

Craig Allen, NRT director, hosted and spoke at a forum, "Innovative Approaches to Enhancing Agricultural Resilience," at the Nebraska Innovation Center on November 18, 2022. Four NRT students and the NRT coordinator also participated.

Daniel Morales, NRT master's student, defended his master's thesis, “The Perception of Natural Resource Management in Nebraska: Efforts for Cross-Boundary Collaborative Management,” on November 16, 2022, in the School of Natural Resources.

Sarah Thompson, NRT master's student, spoke at the Platte River Basin Conference and 3rd Playa Research Symposium in Kearney, Neb., October 24-27, 2022.

Ronica Stromberg, program coordinator, and Katia Carranza, NRT master's student, attended the NRT Annual Meeting in Blacksburg, Virginia, October 10-14, 2022.

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 then became a tenure-track professorship in computer science and computer vision at Southern Illinois University. Cristiano became a research fellow with the Center for Disease Control and ORISE.

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

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