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Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation Graduate Assistantships Available

Completed applications are due by February 15, 2015. Read more below.

Congratulations Forest Stewards Class of 2014

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

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.

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Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation Graduate Assistantships Available

Prior recipients of Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation Graduate AssistantshipsHau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation is offering three graduate assistantships to NREM MS students for the next academic year. Assistantships are given for two years (second year pending satisfactory academic performance) and include a generous salary, benefits including full tuition waiver, and an allowance for supplies and travel. Qualified candidates will have a minimum 3.0 GPA, have graduated from a Hawai‘i high school, be pursuing an MS Plan B degree, show a record of supporting Hawai‘i’s environment, whether through internships, volunteering, etc., and be planning a long-term career in natural resource management in Hawai‘i. It’s a great opportunity, so if you qualify, start the application process today! Completed applications are due by February 15, 2015. Contact Creighton Litton for more information at 956-6004 or

Cheryl Geslani, Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense
December 4 | Saunders Hall, 5th Floor, Miller Conference Room | 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Natural Resource Use and Environmental Change Observations About Hāʻena, Haleleʻa, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi

Committee Members: Kimberly Burnett (Chair), Peter Fuleky, Kirsten Oleson, Mehana Vaughn, Kawika Winter

Whitney E. Ray, M.S. Thesis Defense
December 9 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM | Sherman 111

Greenhouse Gas Emission Balance of Biofuel Feedstock for Potential Carbon Trading

Committee: Dr. Susan E. Crow, Dr. Linda Cox, Dr. John Yanagida, Dr. Norman Meki (Texas A&M AgriLife Research)

Lauren M. Deem, M.S. Proposal Defense
December 10 | Sherman 103 | 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Biochar and How It May Change Apparent Temperature Sensitivity of Two Contrasting Soils and Alter Greenhouse Gas Flux: A nine point temperature gradient incubation study

Committee: Dr. Susan E. Crow, Dr. Jonathan Deenik, Dr. John Yanagida

Meghan Shaw, Capstone Plan B Project Defense
December 12th | 2pm | Sherman 103

Identifying culturally significant Hawaiian fishery management practices

Committee: Dr. Linda Cox (Advisor), Dr Travis Idol, Dr. Tomoaki Miura

'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

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