Natural Resource Management

Track Leader: Michael Springborn, mspingborn@ucdavis.edu

This track has a strong social science focus. It assumes that most environmental problems are fundamentally caused by mistakes in human behavior, and that better scientific information is but one of many factors affecting our ability to solve environmental problems. Reflecting that successful environmental managers operate at the junction of overlapping natural and social systems, students supplement ESM’s core curriculum in the physical and biological sciences with work in resource economics, law, planning, and public policy. It is geared towards those who are interested in working in policy-oriented roles in environmental affairs. Typical career tracks include working for federal, state or local natural resources agencies, environmental consulting firms, governmental liaison offices of private corporations, or non-profit organizations addressing environmental issues. Many graduates of this track also go to professional or graduate school in law, environmental policy, natural resources management, regional planning, public policy, or related fields.

Link to Natural Resource Management requirements