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

August 14 to 19

Trip to Montreal, Canada, to attend the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America 

August 19

School of Natural Resources Fall Kickoff, where NRT student Katharine Hogan will be awarded the 2022 Meritorious Graduate Student award

Recent Events

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.

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

Daniel Morales, an 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.

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 about equity for Indigenous people in academia, the influence of her ancestors’ worldviews on her career choices and views, and the incorporation of Indigenous information in range science to make it useful for Indigenous communities on March 30, 2022.

Araceli Gomez Villegas, master's student, presented a poster, "Pollinator Communities in Central Nebraska Conservation Grasslands and Adjacent Agroecosystems," at the Entomological Society of America North Central Branch meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 20-23, 2022.

Kate Bird and Miyauna Incarnato, master's students, and Bre Lewis-Jones, doctoral student, took part in the Nebraska Science Ambassadors (NESA) Program February 18 to March 11, 2022.

Katia Carranza, master's student, took part in the database management short course hosted by Keith Hurley, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, on March 2, 2022.

Rubi Quiñones, doctoral student, presented twice at the North American Plant Phenotyping Network Annual Conference in Athens, Georgia, on February 22, 2022. Quiñones spoke about "Accurate Co-Segmentation in High-Throughput and High-Dimensional Plant Image Sequences" and "CoPPNet: A Cosegmentation-Based Deep Learning Network for Accurate Foreground Segmentation in Plant Imagery."

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