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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

NPR Interview features Dr. J.B. Friday, CTAHR Extension Forester

"Deep in the forests of Hawaii, a native tree called ʻōhiʻa reigns king. The tall canopy tree dominates the island's forests, especially on the Big Island. ʻŌhiʻa makes up approximately 80 percent of Hawaii's native forests and more than half of ʻōhiʻa grows on Hawaii Island. Often the first plant to grow from a fresh lava flow, ʻōhiʻa is known for its resilience. That's what makes a recent discovery all the more tragic: ʻōhiʻa is dying."

Defeating Deforestation

Dr. Kimberly Carlson

Kimberly Carlson (NREM) was one of six guest speakers with UH ties who addressed the UH Foundation’s Heritage Society last week at the Hawai‘i Prince Hotel. She described her research on whether commodity certification can reduce the growing deforestation of Indonesian forests for rapidly expanding industrial-scale palm oil plantations. Read more here.

Hidden Victims of the Nanakuli Fire

Hidden Victims of the Nanakuli Fire from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo.

NREM Graduate Student Organization

Visit our webpage for more information about the NREM GSO.

NREM GSO Fundraiser!

SPRING 2016 ONLY the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project has agreed to make their limited edition ‘akohekohe toys (Maui Crested Honeycreeper, Palmeria dolei) with song available through our NREM GSO as a fundraiser for both programs. Only $15 (sorry, cash only). Click here for Valentines Day flier.

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