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NREM 2015 Faculty & Staff Retreat

Celebrating tenure and promotion, welcoming new staff!

Hawai‘i Forest Stewards 2015: educating and empowering community leaders

to improve forest conservation in a peer-to-peer learning context.

ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia, No task is too large when done together.

In a loʻi kalo at Papahana Kuaola, students put the "collaborative care" in NREM 691.

Eryn Opie, NREM Undergrad (Crow Lab) & NRCS Soil Scientist C. Stiles

describe soil color in Kawainui Marsh using a Munsell color chart. Photo G. Koob, USDA

Dr. Kirsten Oleson meets with community members in Kiholo

Kiholo Bay ~ A historic fishpond at Kiholo, Hawaii Island.

Researching ways to vegetatively propagate koa for reforestation

T. Idol, J. B. Friday, F. Inman-Narahari, & E. Hickey visit an ancient Mauna Kea koa.

Invasive Grass-Wildfire Cycle: Thousands of hectares burn each year In Hawaii

threatening communities, agriculture & natural resources. C. Trauernicht, Fire Specialist

HBT: Protecting 10,000 ha of East Maui Watershed against miconia

in partnership with Maui invasive Species Committee & National Park Service (J. Leary)

NREM Internships: Get hands-on experience in Hawaii's natural environment.

NREM 380 students measure DBH of an 18 yr Eucalyptus deglupta. Photo: JB Friday

Alaʻe ʻula / Hawaiian moorhen (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis), endangered

In Hawaiian legend, the demi-god Maui stole fire from the ala'e 'ula. Photo: C. Lepczyk

Vegetation Map for part of Makaha Valley

Learn to apply GIS for resource conservation and management. Image: T. Miura

Learn to apply economics to resource management decision-making.

NREM Economists research sustainable tourism, open space value, invasive species.

ʻAukuʻu / Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli)

Learn native plant conservation & wildlife management in Hawaii's unique ecosystems. Photo: C. Lepczyk


Welcome to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM). We are part of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Our students, faculty, and staff are involved in teaching, research, and extension in our community.

News and Events

Puaʻala Pascua, Masters Thesis Defense
November 12 | 11:45a-12:45p | Sherman 103

I ola ka ʻāina, i ola nō kākou: Place-based and indigenous perspectives on cultural ecosystem services in Hawaiʻi

Committee: Mehana Vaughan (chair), Tamara Ticktin, Heather McMillen

East-West Center Study and Scholarship Opportunities

The East-West Center announced the following opportunities for study and scholarships at the East-West Center.

  • East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship
  • Asian Development Bank - Japan Scholarship Program 
  • Obuchi Student Scholarship
  • Student Affiliate Program
  • Affiliate Scholar Program

For fifty-five years, East-West Center (EWC) student participants have developed lifelong relationships and a powerful sense of community with others who share an interest in and commitment to the Asia Pacific region. Read the full announcement here.

FALL 2015 SEMINAR & FIELD COURSE: 2-Week, 3-Credit Course

NREM 491 Human Dimensions of the Environment:  Communication, Culture, & Change

  • Visiting Professor Tema Milstein, from University of New Mexico (
  • Nov. 9 - Nov. 21, 2015
  • Monday through Thursdays 4 pm-7 pm, plus two Saturday field study days 9 am-5 pm

This course explores how culture and communication inform, shape, and shift human relations with “the environment.” We look at human-nature relations as both actively socially constructed and as deeply materially experienced, examining international, regional, local, and everyday ways of communicating about ecosystems and the human place within them. The course is particularly interested in cultural discourses that might support more sustainable or restorative human-ecological relations. Critical and creative exploration as well as out-of-the-classroom (ecotourism and environmental justice-focused) field studies in the wider community will be central to the learning experience.

NREM Graduate Student Organization

Visit our webpage for more information about the NREM GSO.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

1910 East-West Road

Sherman 101

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7530

Fax: (808) 956-6539


Department Chair

Dr. Catherine Chan

Graduate Chair

Dr. Tomoaki Miura

Undergraduate Chair

Dr. Travis Idol