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NREM 480 Students visit a native ʻōhiʻa montane wet forest on Mt. Kaʻala

the highest peak on Oʻahu, and part of the State’s Natural Area Reserve system.

View of Mākaha Valley in Western Oʻahu from Mt. Kaʻala

NREM 480 Applied Forest Ecology

Hawaii’s native forests support unique biological diversity:

happy-faced spider (Theridion grallator); flowering koli’i (Trematolobilia macrostachys)

NREM undergrad Eryn Opie collects soil samples & assists with Wedge-tail

Shearwater counts on a project with Dr. Susan Crow at Ka’ena Point NAR.

Students support the fishpond restoration efforts at Paepae o Heʻeia

by passing coral hand to hand.

Core class NREM 301 provides hands-on experience to students for

natural resources management. Coconut Island, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

NREM researches climate change, carbon sequestration in native forests.

Collecting tree litter fall to build carbon budgets.

NREM offers classes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and

Remote Sensing specifically for natural resource managers.

Undergraduate Studies at NREM

Aloha! E Komo Mai!

Welcome to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (UH-Manoa). We are part of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), one of the original colleges at the university. Our department's focus is preparing students to be natural resources managers and professionals, with emphases upon:

  • understanding the biophysical aspects of natural resources within a tropical island context
  • using the latest information, tools, and models to effectively manage these resources
  • discovering the real economic value of these resources and evaluating the costs and benefits of different management options
  • working with the community and stakeholders to implement practical solutions to their resource management challenges and concerns.

Our faculty represent a diversity of interests and backgrounds covering various natural and social science disciplines. Our program uses hands-on learning to complement an emphasis on the latest theories and concepts. The topics covered in NREM courses reflect the land grant tradition of our college and our commitment to serving our stakeholders as well as the environment. Although students must choose one of two tracks focusing on either the natural or social sciences, all students are required to take courses in both fields. Our senior capstone course, NREM 494, requires students to work together in teams, bringing together concepts and skills from many disciplines to propose workable solutions to real-world natural resource problems.

As you explore these student advising web pages and the NREM website as a whole, we hope you learn more about what NREM has to offer you and what you can contribute to our department, college, and the university as a whole. If you have any questions or wish to receive advising as a prospective NREM student, please contact the department to arrange an appointment with an NREM advisor.

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