2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 08, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Natural Resource Management

Michele Dudash, Department Head
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory 138


Distinguished Professor

Jonathan Jenks


Michael Brown, Michele Dudash, Patricia S. Johnson, Carol Johnston, Alexander (Sandy) Smart, Nels H. Troelstrup, Jr., Lan Xu

Associate Professors

Brian Graeb, Kent C. Jensen, Lora Perkins

Assistant Professors

Krista Ehlert, Maribeth Latvis, A. Joshua Leffler, Robert Lonsinger

Adjunct Professors

Todd Arnold, Steven Chipps, Mark Cochrane, Roger Gates, Niall Hanan, Geoffrey Henebry, Jeffrey Welker, Michael Wimberly

Adjunct Associate Professors

Thomas Besser, Brian Blackwell, Patrick Braaten, Katherine Kelsey, Robert Klaver, Md Shahriar Pervez, Daniel Shoup, Joshua Stafford

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Marissa Ahlering, Michael Anteau, Anthony Apa, Jane Austin, Kristel Bakker, Michael Barnes, E. Frances Cassirer, Mark Fincel, Teresa Frink, Larry Gigliotti, Shaun Grassel, Andrew Gregory, Daniel James, William Jensen, Chadwick Lehman, Cynthia L. Longmire, Jacqueline Ott, Aaron T. Pearse, Misael Rosales, Aaron Donnelle Schwalm, Daniel Thompson, Benjamin Turner, Justin VanDeHey, Naga Velpuri, Daniel Walsh, Dorothy Wells, Tammy Wilson, Melissa Wuellner, Cody Zilverberg


Charles Berry, Jr., Charles Dieter, Lester D. Flake, Kenneth Higgins, Carter Johnson, Gary Larson


The Department of Natural Resource Management provides undergraduate and graduate programs focused on improving the understanding and management of natural resources. The quality of life for many humans is intimately tied to the use and conservation of natural resources. Thus, educational opportunities in natural resource management at SDSU can lead to a diverse array of career opportunities. Departmental faculty and staff conduct research and provide outreach services that contribute to the understanding and management of natural resources on local to global scales.




Graduate Programs*

  • Biological Sciences (M.S.)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (M.S.) - Fisheries Sciences Specialization
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (M.S.) - Wildlife Sciences Specialization
  • Biological Sciences (Ph.D.)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (Ph.D.)

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The department is housed within the Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory at SDSU. The Cottonwood Station, Oak Lake Field Station, Volga Grassland and Wildlife Research Unit provide off-campus teaching and research facilities. The South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is located within the department which also serves as the tenure home for several faculty of the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence (GSCE).

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

Student organizations conduct professional and social functions, serve as an excellent vehicle for students to get to know one another and the faculty, and to learn more about their future profession.

The Department of Natural Resource Management student clubs include:

  • SDSU American Fisheries Society Student Subunit and the SDSU Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Club (a student chapter of The Wildlife Society) are excellent organizations open to students in that major.
  • The SDSU Ecology Club is a student chapter of the Ecological Society of America.
  • SDSU Range Club - the South Dakota Student Chapter of the Society for Range Management includes Rangeland Ecology and Management majors and other students that have an interest in the field of range management. 
  • Judging Teams - many Range Science majors choose to compete on the Plant Identification and the undergraduate Range Management Exam teams. These teams compete at international contests against teams from universities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Students also help to conduct range plant identification contests at SDSU.