Forestry and Natural Resources

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Forestry and Natural Resources curriculum is transitioning to Ecosystem Management and Forestry, effective Fall 2017. Students admitted Fall 2017 or earlier can following the curriculum here, but new students will be expected to declare Forestry and Natural Resources by the end of their sophomore year (before the end of Spring 2020) to be eligible for the old program.  Incoming students in Fall 2018 will be expected to follow the Ecosystem Management and Forestry requirements.  For updates, please visit the major website.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) focuses on the conservation and restoration of the earth's natural resources through hands-on study of the ecology, stewardship, and management of forest, woodland, and grassland ecosystems. The program offers two concentrations to choose from, and if the student chooses a specialization in Professional Forestry, they can qualify to take the Registered Professional Forester's licensing exam in California.

Students in the FNR major select between two concentrations:

  • The Forestry and Natural Sciences concentration is split into two specializations, Professional Forestry and Natural Sciences. The Professional Forestry specialization is accredited by the Society of American Foresters and provides four years of qualifying education or professional experience for licensing as a professional forester in California. The goals of the Professional Forestry specialization are very closely associated with the educational requirements of the forestry profession and prepare our students for careers in forestry or closely related natural resource fields. The Natural Sciences specialization allows students to focus their studies more specifically on ecology and the physical environment
  • The Human Dimensions of Natural Resources concentration provides students with greater flexibility to explore subjects in ecology, physical environment, monitoring and measurement, and management and policy.

Students in the program, regardless of concentration, have ample opportunity to acquire interdisciplinary skills in the ecology, stewardship, and management of ecosystems such as forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Within the program, students can choose to emphasize topics such as wildlife biology, water policy, fire science, ecosystem restoration, environmental justice, remote sensing and GIS, and rural sociology.

FNR graduates are well-prepared for graduate school and careers in environmental consulting, public agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, and private companies. Students also have the option of preparing for professional careers in forestry, wildlife, and range management.

Admission to the Major

Freshman students may apply directly to the major, or they may select the College of Natural Resource's undeclared option and declare the major by the end of their fourth semester. For further information regarding how to declare the major after admission, including information on a change of major or change of college, please see the College of Natural Resources Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Honors Program

Students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher may enroll in the College of Natural Resources honors program (H196) once they have reached upper division standing. To fulfill the program requirements, students design, conduct, and report on an individual research project working with a faculty sponsor. For further information about registration for the honors symposium and the honors requirements, please see the College of Natural Resources website.

Minor Program

A minor in Forestry is available for students who are interested in learning about forestry and renewable resource management as an adjunct to their chosen fields. Students in many diverse majors such as business administration, integrative biology, and civil engineering may find this minor complementary to their professional career goals. For information regarding how to declare the minor, please contact the department.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Conservation and Resource Studies (Major and Minor)
Environmental Sciences (Major only)
Molecular Environmental Biology (Major only)
Society and Environment (Major only)

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Major Requirements

The Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) major has been update to Ecosystems Management and Forestry (EMF).  These requirements only apply to students currently declared in FNR.  Incoming students are expected to complete the new EMF requirements.

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.

  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required.

  3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in upper division major requirements is required.

  4. At least 15 of the 36 required upper division units must be taken in the College of Natural Resources (except for students majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy; please see the EEP major adviser for further information).

  5. A maximum of 16 units of independent study (courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, and 199) may count toward graduation, with a maximum of 4 units of independent study per semester.

  6. No more than 1/3 of the total units attempted at UC Berkeley may be taken Pass/Not Pass. This includes units in the Education Abroad Program and UC Intercampus Visitor or Exchange Programs.

  7. A maximum of 4 units of physical education courses will count toward graduation.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Summary of Major Requirements

Please see below for the specific details regarding these requirements.

Lower Division Requirements:
ESPM Environmental Science Core: One course
ESPM Social Science Core: One course
Lower Division Concentration Requirements: Five to seven courses
General Breadth Requirements: Two courses
Upper Division Requirements:
Five Core Courses
Summer Forestry Field Camp or Fall Semester course on Polynesian Island of Moorea
Six Upper Division Electives, Restricted by Concentration

Lower Division Requirements for all FNR Majors:

ESPM Environmental Science Core (select one):
The Biosphere [3]
Environmental Biology [3]
Environmental Issues [4]
Introduction to Environmental Sciences [3]
ESPM Social Science Core (select one):
Americans and the Global Forest [4]
Introduction to Environmental Studies [4]
Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management [4]
Environmental Policy, Administration, and Law [4]
General Breadth Requirements (two courses):
Select courses from the Seven Course Breadth listing on the College of Letters & Science website.
One course from the Arts & Literature, Historical Studies, or Philosophy & Values category (3-4 units)
One course from the Social & Behavioral Science or International Studies category (3-4 units)

Lower Division Requirements, by Concentration

Students in this major choose a concentration in either Forestry and Natural Sciences (FNS) or Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (FDNR). See below for the lower division requirements for each concentration.

Forestry & Natural Sciences (FNS) Concentration

General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
General Biology Lecture and Laboratory [4]
Math (select one calculus sequence):
Analytic Geometry and Calculus
and Analytic Geometry and Calculus
and Calculus
Statistics (select one):
Introduction to Statistics [4]
Foundations of Data Science [4]
Introduction to Probability and Statistics [4]
Economics (select one):4
Introduction to Economics [4]
Introduction to Economics--Lecture Format [4]
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy [4] (rec)
Physical Sciences (select one):4
The Planet Earth [4]
Course Not Available
Introduction to Earth System Science [4]

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) Concentration

Biology (select one):
BIOLOGY 1BGeneral Biology Lecture and Laboratory4
Math (select one):
Calculus [4]
Analytic Geometry and Calculus [3]
Precalculus [4]
Statistics (select one):
Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods [4]
Evaluation of Evidence [4]
Introduction to Statistics [4]
Introduction to Probability and Statistics [4]
Economics/Business (select one):
Introduction to Economics [4]
Introduction to Economics--Lecture Format [4]
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy [4]
Principles of Business [3]
Physical Science: Select one course from the Physical Sciences category from the Seven Course Breadth listing on the College of Letters & Science website.

Upper Division Requirements for all FNR Majors:

Field Program Requirement:
Participation in a field program is required of all FNR majors. Students may choose from the eight-week summer field program—Forestry Field Camp—in the northern Sierra Nevada or the fall semester course on the Polynesian island of Moorea, Biology & Geomorphology of Tropical Islands.
Option A: 8-week Forestry Field Camp (11 units) 1
Sierra Nevada Ecology [4]
Forest Measurements [1]
Silviculture and Utilization [3]
Forest Management and Assessment [3]
Option B: Fall Semester Course on the Polynesian Island of Moorea (13 units): 2
Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands [13]
Core Courses:
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems [3]
Course Not Available [4]
Natural Resource Sampling
and Laboratory in Natural Resource Sampling
Resource Management [4]
Climate and Energy Policy [4]

Recommended before junior year. More information is available from the College of Natural Resources's website.


More information is available on the program's website.

Upper Division Restricted Electives, by Concentration (6 courses)

Forestry and Natural Sciences (FNS) Restricted Electives

The FNS Concentration has two specializations for the restricted elective requirement: Professional Forestry or Natural Sciences.
Professional Forestry Specialization:
Trees: Taxonomy, Growth, and Structures [3]
Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Forest Ecosystems [3]
Forest Operations Management [3]
Forest Ecosystem Management and Planning [4]
Applied Forest Ecology [4]
Plus one additional course from one of the following subject categories listed below: Physical Environment (PE) or Monitoring & Measurement (MM).
Natural Sciences Specialization:
Two courses each from both the Ecology (E) and the Physical Environment (PE) subject categories listed below, plus one additional course from each of the following: Monitoring & Measurement (MM) and Management & Policy (MP).

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) Restricted Electives

Select six courses from the four subject categories below, one course from each category and two additional courses from any category
Ecology (E):
Principles of Conservation Biology [4]
American Wildlife: Management and Policy in the 21st Century [3]
Trees: Taxonomy, Growth, and Structures [3]
Environmental Change Genetics [3]
Ecosystem Ecology [4]
Microbial Ecology [3]
Insect Ecology [2]
Wildlife Ecology [3]
Biology of Aquatic Insects [2]
Fish Ecology [3]
Rangeland Ecology [4]
Tropical Forest Ecology [3]
Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Forest Ecosystems [3]
Restoration Ecology [4]
Introduction to California Plant Life with Laboratory [4]
Ecology [3]
Plant Ecology [3]
Ecosystems of California [4]
Physical Environment (PE):
Geomorphology [4]
Soil Characteristics [3]
Development and Classification of Soils [3]
Chemistry of Soils [3]
Biometeorology [3]
Physical Landscapes: Process and Form [4]
Monitoring & Measurement (MM):
Data Analysis and Computational Methods [4]
Research Theory and Methods in Socio-Cultural Anthropology [5]
The Social and Cultural Processes in Architecture & Urban Design [4]
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing [3]
Design and Analysis of Ecological Research [4]
GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis [4]
Geographic Information Analysis [5]
Ecological Analysis [3]
Geographic Information Systems [4]
Management & Policy (MP):
Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems [4]
International Rural Development Policy [4]
Political Ecology [4]
International Environmental Politics [4]
Fire Ecology [3]
Forest Operations Management [3]
Forest Ecosystem Management and Planning [4]
Agroforestry Systems [3]
Applied Forest Ecology [4]
Management and Conservation of Rangeland Ecosystems [4]
Case Histories in Wildlife Management [2]

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.

  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.

  3. No more than one course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

Completing the Forestry and Natural Resources Minor Program

  • Students must complete at least five courses taken from the predetermined list below. No substitutions will be permitted.
  • Only one lower division course allowed
  • The courses taken must total at least 12 semester units. 


Core Course list:
At least one core course must be take for the minor
Forest Management and Assessment [3]
Forest Operations Management [3]
Forest Ecosystem Management and Planning [4]
Applied Forest Ecology [4]
Electives (four courses):
ESPM 182, ESPM 183, ESPM 185 may also be used as electives.
Americans and the Global Forest [4]
Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management [4]
Environmental Policy, Administration, and Law [4]
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems [3]
Course Not Available
Natural Resource Sampling [2]
Resource Management [4]
Climate and Energy Policy [4]
Trees: Taxonomy, Growth, and Structures [3]
Environmental Change Genetics [3]
Tropical Forest Ecology [3]
Biometeorology [3]
Fire, Insects, and Diseases in Forest Ecosystems [3]
Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems [4]
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing [3]
Fire Ecology [3]
Agroforestry Systems [3]
UC Forestry Summer Field Program at Baker Forest 1
The four Forestry Camp courses (ESPM 105A, ESPM 105B, ESPM 105C, ESPM 105D) may be used toward the minor.
Sierra Nevada Ecology [4]
Forest Measurements [1]
Silviculture and Utilization [3]

 For more information and to download application materials, please see the College of Natural Resource's website.

College Requirements

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking all majors in the College require two semesters of lower division work in composition. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Foreign LanguageEEP Majors only

The Foreign Language requirement is only required by Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) majors. It may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Quantitative ReasoningEEP Majors only

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is only required by Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) majors. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Undergraduate Breadth

Undergraduate breadth provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program and many students complete their breadth courses in their first two years. Breadth courses are built into CNR major requirements and each major requires a different number of breath courses and categories. The EEP major is the only CNR major that requires the entire 7 course breadth. Refer to the major snapshots on each CNR major page for for additional information. 

High School Exam Credit

CNR students may apply high school exam credit (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, A-Level Exam) towards many College and Major Requirements. See AP Exam Equivalency Chart and Higher Level IB Exam Equivalency Chart in the CNR Student Handbook for more information.

Units Requirements

Students must complete at least 120 semester units of courses subject to certain guidelines:

  • At least 36 units must be upper division courses, including a minimum of 15 units of upper division courses in the College of Natural Resources. 
  • A maximum of 16 units of Special Studies coursework (courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, or 199) is allowed towards the 120 units; a maximum of four is allowed in a given semester.
  • A maximum of 4 units of Physical Education from any school attended will count towards the 120 units.
  • Students may receive unit credit for courses graded P (including P/NP units taken through EAP) up to a limit of one-third of the total units taken and passed on the Berkeley campus at the time of graduation.

Semester Unit Minimum

All CNR students must enroll in at least 13 units each fall and spring semester.

Semester Unit Maximum

To request permission to take more than 19.5 units in a semester, please see the major adviser.

Semester Limit

Students admitted as freshmen must graduate within 8 fall/spring semesters at UC Berkeley. Students admitted as transfer students must graduate within 4 fall/spring semesters at UC Berkeley. Students who go on EAP and UCDC can petition for additional semesters. Summer session, UC Extension and non-UC study abroad programs do not count towards this semester limit. Students approved for double majors or  simultaneous degrees in two colleges may be granted an additional semester. CNR does not limit the number of total units a student can accrue.

Senior Residence Requirement

After the term in which you achieve and exceed 90 units (senior status), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence at the College of Natural Resources over at least 2 semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units taken while the student is a member of CNR. At least one of the two terms must be a fall or spring semester. Senior residence terms do not need to be completed consecutively. All courses offered on campus for the fall, spring, and summer terms by Berkeley departments and programs and all Berkeley online ('W') courses count. Inter-campus Visitor, Education Abroad Program, UC Berkeley Washington Program, and UC Berkeley Extension units do not count toward this requirement.

Students may use Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence Requirement, provided that four units of coursework are completed.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in a fall, spring or summer UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), Berkeley Summer Abroad, or the UC Berkeley Washington Program may meet a modified Senior Residence Requirement by completing 24 of their final 60 semester units in residence (excluding UCEAP). At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after senior status is reached. International travel study programs sponsored by Summer Sessions and education abroad programs offered outside of the UC system do not qualify for modified senior residence.

Most students automatically satisfy the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless students go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through University Extension during their senior year. In these cases, students should make an appointment to see an adviser to determine how they can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Grade Requirements

  • A 2.0 UC GPA is required for graduation.
  • A 2.0 average in all upper division courses required of the major program is required for graduation.
  • A grade of at least C- is required in all courses for the major

Student Learning Goals


The Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) major at the University of California at Berkeley is designed to prepare students to manage forests and wildlands while sustaining ecological integrity and producing vital ecosystem services. The program combines a foundation in the relevant natural and social sciences with explicit hands-on learning opportunities. Students completing this major will be prepared to engage in the challenge of managing forest and natural resources in a rapidly-changing world.

The FNR major includes a professional option (Forestry and Natural Sciences, Professional Forestry specialization) that is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The Forestry and Natural Resources major also includes a Natural Sciences specialization in the Forestry and Natural Sciences concentration and a Human Dimensions of Natural Resources concentration.

The Professional Forestry specialization provides four years of qualifying education or professional experience for licensing as a professional forester in California. The goals of the Professional Forestry specialization are very closely associated with the educational requirements of the forestry profession and prepare our students for careers in forestry or closely related natural resource fields. When students graduate with a FNR major from UC Berkeley, they will have the basic knowledge and skills to assess and manage forest resources. Graduates with the Professional Forestry specialization should have basic competencies as defined by the Society of American Foresters’ requirements of accredited degree programs. Graduates with the Natural Sciences or Human Dimensions in Natural Resources concentrations will have similar competencies.

Learning Goals for the Major

Knowledge and skills for FNR majors are based on the four major subject areas required by the Society of American Foresters. These four subject areas and the basic competencies expected of students areas follows.

  1. Ecology and Biology
    1. Competencies must be documented as an:
      • Understanding of taxonomy and ability to identify forest species, their distribution, and associated habitat requirements.
      • Understanding of soil properties and processes, hydrology, water quality, and watershed functions.
      • Understanding of ecological concepts and principles including the structure and function of ecosystems, plant and animal communities, competition, diversity, population dynamics, succession, disturbance, and nutrient cycling.
      • Ability to make ecosystem, forest, and stand assessments.
      • Understanding of plant and animal physiology and the effects of climate, fire, pollutants, moisture, nutrients, genetics, insects and diseases on ecosystem health and productivity.
  2. Measurement of Forest and Natural Resources
    1. Competencies must be documented as an:
      • Ability to identify and measure land areas and conduct spatial analysis.
      • Ability to design and implement comprehensive inventories that meet specific objectives using appropriate sampling methods and units of measurement.
      • Ability to analyze inventory data and project ecosystem conditions.
  3. Management of Forest and Natural Resources
    1. Competencies must be documented as an:
      • Ability to develop and apply silvicultural and restoration prescriptions appropriate to management objectives including methods of establishing and influencing the composition, growth, and quality of forests and wildlands and understand the impacts of those prescriptions.
      • Ability to analyze the economic, environmental, and social consequences of resource management strategies and decisions.
      • Ability to develop management plans with specific multiple objectives and constraints.
      • Understanding of the valuation procedures, market forces, processing systems, transportation and harvesting activities that translate human demands for timber-based and other consumable natural resource products into the availability of those products.
      • Understanding of the valuation procedures, market, and non-market forces that avail humans the opportunities to enjoy non-consumptive products and services of forests and wildlands.
      • Understanding of the administration, ownership, and organization of forest and resource management enterprises.
  4. Resource Policy, Economics, and Administration
    1. Competencies must be documented as an:
      • Understanding of resource policy and the processes by which it is developed.
      • Understanding of how federal, state, and local laws and regulations govern the practice of forestry and resource management.
      • Understanding of professional ethics and recognition of the responsibility to adhere to ethical standards in decision making on behalf of clients and the public.
      • Ability to understand the integration of technical, financial, human resources, and legal aspects of public and private enterprises.


In the College of Natural Resources, we provide holistic, individual advising services to prospective and current students who are pursuing major and minors in our college. We assist with a range of topics including course selection, academic decision-making, achieving personal and academic goals, and maximizing the Berkeley experience.

If you are looking to explore your options, or you are ready to declare a major, double major, or minor, contact the undergraduate adviser for your intended major. Visit our website to explore all of our advising services.

Undergraduate Adviser, Forestry and Natural Resources
Ginnie Sadil
260 Mulford Hall
Contact Ginnie via email to schedule an appointment or visit 260 Mulford Hall for drop-in advising.

Advising hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Closed Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon.

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


Rodrigo P. P. Almeida, Associate Professor. Disease ecology, vector, plant disease, Xylella fastidiosa, emerging.
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Miguel A. Altieri, Professor. Agriculture, environmental science, pest management.
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Ronald Amundson, Professor. Pedology isotope biogeochemistry, impact of climate and life on earth processes, soils in biogeochemical cycles, human impacts on soils and ecosystems.
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Gary Anderson, Adjunct Professor. Microbial ecology, genomics, diversity in extreme environments.

Jodi Axelson, Assistant Cooperative Extention Specialist. Forest Health, insect outbreaks, forest ecology, resource management, Dendrochronology and wood anatomy.

Dennis D. Baldocchi, Professor. Biometeorology, biosphere-atmosphere trace gas fluxes, ecosystem ecology, climate change.
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Jillian Banfield, Professor. Nanoscience, Bioremediation, genomics, biogeochemistry, carbon cycling, geomicrobiology, MARS, minerology.
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John J. Battles, Professor. Forest Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics.
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Steven R. Beissinger, Professor. Conservation, behavioral and population ecology.
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Gregory Biging, Professor. Forest Biometrics and Remote Sensing.
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Carl Boettiger, Assistant Professor. Theoretical ecology, ecoinformatics, modeling, data science, resilience, early warning signals, decision theory.
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Timothy Bowles, Assistant Professor. Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture.

Justin S. Brashares, Associate Professor. Wildlife, biodiversity, ecology, conservation, human livelihoods.
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Eoin Brodie, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
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Thomas D. Bruns, Professor. Microbial biology, plant biology, fungi, nucleic acid sequences, basidomycetes, ectomycorrhizal fungi communities.
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Stephanie M. Carlson, Associate Professor. Fish ecology, freshwater ecology, evolutionary ecology.
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Claudia J. Carr, Associate Professor. International and rural resource development.
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Ignacio Chapela, Associate Professor. Agriculture, biotechnology, environmental science, microbial biology, policy and management.
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Paolo D'Odorico, Professor. Ecohydrology, surface hydrology, ecosystem ecology, Aeolian processes, desertfication, stohastic, nonlinear environmental dynamics, water and food security.
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Todd Dawson, Professor. Physiological plant ecology, evolutionary plant ecology, ecosystem processes, adaptations of plants, carbon, water, nitrogen.
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Kathryn De Master, Assistant Professor. Sociology and political ecology of agriculture, agrarian change, rural conservation and development, agri-environmental policy, food justice/sovereignty movements, heritage and terroir, diversified farming systems, participatory mapping.
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Perry De Valpine, Associate Professor. Population ecology, mathematical modeling and statistics.
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Richard S. Dodd, Professor. Tree genetics and systematics.
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Damian O. Elias, Assistant Professor. Neuroethology, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology of arthropods.
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Mary K. Firestone, Professor. Soils, environmental policy, environmental science, policy and management, wildlife, miicrobial biology.
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Brian L. Fisher, Associate Adjunct Professor. Entomology, Ants.
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Gordon Frankie, Professor. Urban entomology, policy, environmental policy, environmental science, pest management, management.
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Inez Fung, Professor. Global change, environmental policy, ecosystem scienes.
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Matteo Garbelotto, Adjunct Professor. Forest pathology, forest mycology, forest and tree management.
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Wayne Marcus Getz, Professor. Africa, disease ecology, wildlife conservation, resource management.
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Rosemary Gillespie, Professor. Evolutionary ecology, systematics, spider biology, conservation.
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+ J. Gilless, Professor. Environmental policy, resource economics, forestry, forest economics, wildland fire.
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Allen Goldstein, Professor. Global change, air pollution, environmental science, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry.
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Charles Griswold, Adjunct Professor. Entomology.

John Harte, Professor. Global change, ecology, sustainability, energy policy, theoretical ecology, biodiversityl.
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Susan Hubbard, Adjunct Professor.

Lynn Huntsinger, Professor. Rangeland conservation and management.
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Alastair Iles, Associate Professor. Science, technology and environment, green chemistry, sustainability learning, environmental policy.

David Kavanaugh, Adjunct Professor. Systematics, biogeography, evolution, and natural history of carabid beetles.
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Maggi Kelly, Professor in Residence. Remote sensing, wetlands, ecosystem sciences, forests, geoinformatics, participatory web, GIS.
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Siamak Khorram, Adjunct Professor. Remote sensing, image processing.

Claire Kremen, Professor. Conservation Biology, Pollination, Agroecology, Entomology.

Isao Kubo, Professor. Agriculture, insect biology, pest management.
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Laura N. Lammers, Assistant Professor. Environmental geochemistry, crystal growth, mineral-fluid and fluid-fluid interfacial processes, contaminant transport.

Jonas Meckling, Assistant Professor. Climate policy, energy policy, political economy.
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Carolyn Merchant, Professor. Environmental history, philosophy and ethics.
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Adina Merenlender, Adjunct Professor. Conservation biology.
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Arthur Middleton, Assistant Professor. Wildlife ecology, management, and policy.

Nicholas J. Mills, Professor. Invasive species, Biological control, Population ecology, Entomology/Insect biology.
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Katharine Milton, Professor. Tropical ecology of humans and non-human primates diet parasite-host interactions.
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Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor. Race and class determinants of the distribution of health risks associated with air pollution among diverse communities in the United States.
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Patrick M. O'Grady, Assistant Professor. Population genetics and phylogenetics of Drosophila, adaptive radiation, biogeography.
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Kevin O'Hara, Professor. Stand dynamics silviculture forest management.
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Kate O'Neill, Associate Professor. International environmental politics/ global political economy.
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Dara O'Rourke, Associate Professor. Environmental justice, globalization, industrial ecology, labor.
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George Oster, Professor. Computational biology, developmental biology, mathematical modeling of molecular and cellular systems, protein motors, cell motility, spatial pattern formation in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, neural pattern formation.
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Celine Pallud, Associate Professor. Biogeochemistry, iron reduction, metals and contaminants, soil aggregates, selenium kinetics of organic matter degradation, nitrate reduction, soil and environmental biogeophysics, biogeochemical cycles, fate and transport of nutrients, sulfate reduction, wetland soils, littoral sediments, spatial variation in biogeochemical processes.
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Nancy L. Peluso, Professor. Political ecology/resource policy and politics/forests/agrarian change/property and access.
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Matthew D. Potts, Associate Professor. Forest management, biofuels, plantation agriculture, land use planning, land use policy, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, tropical ecology, environmental economics.
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Robert Rhew, Associate Professor. Geography, terrestrial-atmosphere exchange of trace gases, atmospheric chemistry and composition, halogen biogeochemistry, stratospheric ozone depletion issues, coastal salt marsh, chaparral, desert, tundra, boreal forest, grassland.
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George Roderick, Professor. Invasion biology, Biodiversity science, Sustainability and global change, Insects.
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Erica B. Rosenblum, Assistant Professor. Evolutionary ecology, speciation and extinction, ecological genomics, herpetology, global change biology.
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Whendee SIlver, Professor. Ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry.
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Scott L. Stephens, Professor. Wildland fire science, fire ecology, forest ecology, forest policy, forest management.
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Mark A. Tanouye, Professor. Genetics, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, mechanisms of nervous system structure and function, drosophila mutants.
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Neil Tsutsui, Professor. Genetics and behavior of social insects.
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Ian Wang, Assistant Professor. Landscape genetics, landscape ecology, ecological and conservation genomics.

Kipling Will, Associate Professor. Carabid beetles/ Insect Systematics/ Associate Director,Essig Museum of Entomology.
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David E. Winickoff, Associate Professor. Biotechnology, bioethics, environmental regulation, Science and Technology studies, geoengineering, technology transfer.
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Robert York, Adjunct Assistant Professor. Forest Ecology, Silviculture, Giant Sequoia restoration and ecology.
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Van Butsic, Assistant Specialist. Land systems science, conservation, environmental economics and policy, coupled human natural systems, GIS applications.
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Kent M. Daane, Specialist. Control of insect pests in agricultural crops.

Christy M. Getz, Associate Specialist. Ethics, history, politics, rural development.

Ted Grantham, Assistant Specialist. Freshwater ecology, stream hydrology, climate risk assessment, California water management and policy.

Vernard Lewis, Specialist. Biology and management of structural and household pests.
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Max A. Moritz, Associate Specialist. Fire Ecology and Management.
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Thomas A. Scott, Specialist. Wildlife conservation, human impacts on wildlife, wildlife/urban interface.

Jennifer Sowerwine, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist. Building equitable, economically viable and culturally relevant food systems in metropolitan areas that contribute to healthy communities, ecological diversity and sustainable livelihoods.

Richard B. Standiford, Cooperative Extension Specialist. Forest management.

William Stewart, Specialist. Watershed management, forest management, resource economics.

William D. Tietje, Specialist. Oak woodland ecology, human impacts on wildlife.


Kendra Klein, Lecturer.

Alan H. Krakauer, Lecturer.

Patina Mendez, Lecturer.

Kurt Spreyer, Lecturer.

Bridget M. Tracy, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Daphne Miller, Visiting Associate Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Barbara Allen-Diaz, Professor Emeritus. Rangeland ecology and management, Plant community ecology.
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John R. Anderson, Professor Emeritus.

Reginald Barrett, Professor Emeritus. Wildlife biology and management.
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Frank Beall, Professor Emeritus.

David L. Brink, Professor Emeritus.

Leopoldo Caltagirone, Professor Emeritus.

+ Howell V. Daly, Professor Emeritus. Biosystematics of bees, traditional and modern taxonomic procedures, including use of computers in classification and data analysis and management.

Harvey Doner, Professor Emeritus. Chemistry of trace elements in soils, mineral-organic compound interactions, and chemistry of carbonates and more soluble minerals in soils.

John Doyen, Professor Emeritus.

Sally Fairfax, Professor Emeritus.

Louis A. Falcon, Professor Emeritus.

Louise Fortmann, Professor Emeritus.

Paul L. Gersper, Professor Emeritus. Soil/plant relationships, land use.
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Peng Gong, Professor Emeritus. Remote Sensing and GIS.
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Andrew Gutierrez, Professor Emeritus. Systems ecology biological control.
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Joseph Hancock, Professor Emeritus.

Richard R. Harris, Specialist Emeritus. Forestry, resource management, riparian ecology.

John A. Helms, Professor Emeritus.

John Helms, Professor Emeritus.

Marjorie Hoy, Professor Emeritus.

Oenes Huisman, Professor Emeritus.

Robert S. Lane, Professor Emeritus.

William Libby, Professor Emeritus.

Werner Loher, Professor Emeritus.

+ Joe R. McBride, Professor Emeritus. Forest ecology and urban forestry.
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John G. McColl, Professor Emeritus. Soil science: nutrient cycling, forest soils.
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Doug McCreary, Specialist Emeritus. Artificial regeneration of native California oaks.

Dale McCullough, Professor Emeritus. Wildlife biology and management.
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William Mckillop, Professor Emeritus. Forest economics, forest management, forest policy, timber supply, forestry economics.
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Gary Nakamura, Specialist Emeritus. Forestry and silviculture.

Nickolas Panopoulos, Professor Emeritus.

Rudolph Pipa, Professor Emeritus.

Jerry Powell, Professor Emeritus.

Alexander H. Purcell III, Professor Emeritus. Insect vectors of plant pathogens.

Stephen Quarles, Professor Emeritus.

Robert D. Raabe, Professor Emeritus. Ornamental pathology.

Jeffrey Romm, Professor Emeritus.

Vincent Rush, Professor Emeritus.

Milton Schroth, Professor Emeritus. Ecology, pathogen physiology, biocontrol.

John Shelly, Professor Emeritus.

Philip Spieth, Professor Emeritus. Population Genetics and Evolution.

Garrison Sposito, Professor Emeritus.

Robert Van Steenwyk, Professor Emeritus. Pest management, forestry, microbial biology.
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Lawrence Waldron, Professor Emeritus.

Stephen C. Welter, Professor Emeritus. Plant-insect interactions and agricultural entomology.

W. Wayne Wilcox, Professor Emeritus.

David Wood, Professor Emeritus.

Eugene Zavarin, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

130 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-7430

Fax: 510-643-5438

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Department Chair

George Roderick, PhD

145 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-3326

Undergraduate Staff Adviser

Ginnie Sadil

260 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-7895

Undergraduate Student Advising

CNR Office of Instruction & Student Affairs

260 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-0542

Faculty Adviser

John Battles

130 Mulford Hall

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