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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

26th Annual CTAHR Student Research Symposium
April 11-12, 2014 | Agricultural Science Building, UH Manoa

The Symposium serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information, open to graduate and undergraduate students conducting scholarly work under the supervision of faculty in UH Manoa's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, College of Engineering, and UH Hilo's College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management.

On-line NREM courses this summer

NREM 358:  Basic Environmental Benefit Cost Analysis
Fundamentals of benefit-cost analysis with extensions to environmental impacts and projects; case studies.  Pre: 220 or ECON 130 or consent

NREM 658: Advanced Environmental Benefit Cost Analysis
Advanced environmental benefit cost analysis will require that proficiency be demonstrated on fundamentals and will address topics related to sustainability, including income equality, valuation of non-market goods, risk, cost of public funds, and the social discount rate.

  • BCA is the most widely used tool foreconomic decision-making in the world.
  • Course is taught using webinars that are recorded so you can watch them whenever and wherever you want.
  • Instructor provides personal attention to each student via e-mail, on-line conferencing or in person.
  • Class materials have been updated to include actual BCA case studies from across the Pacific.
  • Supporting materials include narrated power points and a short guide to BCA.
  • Students will be taught the structure used for a professional benefit-cost analysis done by a consultant.
  • For more information, contact:

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-Halbrendt

Graduate Chair

Dr. Tomoaki Miura

Undergraduate Chair

Dr. Travis Idol