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Congratulations Forest Stewards Class of 2014

Completing 30-hr intensive training Sept 18-21, Kilauea Military Camp at Volcano.

NREM GSO Fundraiser: Endangered Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill) Toy

$15 -- Support NREM GSO & the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. Read below.

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

Jacqueline Halbrendt, Dissertation Defense
October 3 | 9:00am | Sherman 103

Assessing the Barriers to Adoption of Conservation Agriculture Practices Among Chepang Communities in the Central Mid-Hills of Nepal

Committee Members: Dr. Steven Gray (Co-chair), Dr. Theodore Radovich (Co-chair), Dr. Travis Idol, Dr. Carl Evensen, Dr. Aya Hirata Kimura, Dr. Brent Sipes

'Imi ‘Ike ~ NREM Research Seminar Series
Wednesdays  | 3:30-4:30 pm | Sherman 103

Please come and attend the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department's (NREM) 'Imi 'Ike Seminar Series.  The seminar fosters discussion, community, and learning through engaging speakers providing diverse perspectives on NREM topics.  Please come, enjoy, and spread the word.

September 3 – Jonathan Deenik, TPSS UH Manoa
September 17 – Kirsten Oleson & Clay Trauernicht, NREM UH Manoa
October 1 – Peter Vitousek, Biology Stanford University
October 15 – Tomoaki Miura, NREM UH Manoa
October 29 – Kamana Beamer, Hawaiian Studies UH Manoa
November 12 – Hanna Mounce, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project
November 19 – NREM Masters’ Capstone Presentations
December 3 – Creighton Litton, NREM UH Manoa, Christian Giardina, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry
December 10 – Kawika Winters, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Limahuli Preserve

Plant Nutrients From Sea Birds

An article in the August issue of Environment Hawai‘i, “Marine Subsidies for Montane Soils,” highlighted a presentation PhD candidate Julia Rowe (NREM) gave at the recent Hawaii Ecosystems Meeting in Hilo. Julia has been studying levels of nutrients in soil at upper Limahuli and Hono o Napali on the north shore of Kaua‘i. She has seen differences between seabird and non-seabird areas and is continuing research into the connection between seabirds and nitrogen levels in the soil. The August issue of Environment Hawai‘i also includes an update on Jesse Eiben (PEPS) and his work with the wekiu bug!

Help the Maui Parrotbill ~ Help NREM GSO

Kiwikiu toy $15The kiwikiu, or the Maui Parrotbill, is one of Maui's critically endangered honeycreepers and needs your help!  The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project has teamed up with Wild Republic to design a plush kiwikiu stuffed animal that sings the bird's actual song and are selling them as a fundraiser for the Project.  This fall semester only, the Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is selling these plush toys for only $15 on behalf of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project.  Proceeds will go towards habitat management for the kiwikiu and other endangered Maui birds and also towards NREM GSO.  If you are interested in purchasing a kiwikiu stuffed animal, please contact Katie Wilson,, or Jody Smith,  To learn more about the endangered Maui Parrotbill found only in forests on Maui and the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, click on the links. Get out the word and help us sell a kiwikiu bird!

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