The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM) was formed in March 2007 by combining the Departments of Rangeland Ecology and Management and Forest Science. This new academic Department reflects an expanded emphasis on ecosystem science and natural resource management in it's education, research, and extension programs. The Department is in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and it is comprised of 50 faculty, 57 staff, and 100 graduate and 230 undergraduate students.
These changes increase the profile, quality, and efficiency of our academic programs by reorganizing our scientists and educators to create additional synergies. Expanded collaboration among research, teaching, and extension programs enhances our collective ability to conduct discovery research and to translate that information into solutions for contemporary natural resource management problems.
This reorganization enriches our research programs by expanding our spatial and disciplinary scope and engaging a more diverse group of faculty. Research strength in ESSM includes ecosystem issues spanning all ruralurban gradients, genetics, and genomics research within an ecosystem framework, ecological restoration within a broader range of ecosystems, human dimensions within an ecosystem management perspective, and a more comprehensive spatial sciences program focused on ecological and natural resource issues.
The primary mission of the Department is to 'solve real world problems with research-based solutions'.