Applied Ecology and Resource Management

Platform Overview

The Applied Ecology and Resource Management Platform seeks to understand the world we live in and how to minimize our impacts. Comprised of our Forest and Land and our Water Research Groups, these scientists bring together decades of research and expertise in their respective fields. 

NRRI was established by the Minnesota State Legislature to address the challenges of an economy largely built on the natural resources of the state. Can we manage the water and forest resources in a sustainable way that allows for efficient use of the resources by humans and wildlife? What remediation strategies make sense to improve degraded ecosystems? We address these challenges and opportunities through the following programs:

Research Programs

Seeking to understand Minnesota's forest landscapes and ecosystems.

Developing hybrid poplar with superior growth and disease resistance for Minnesota’s emerging bioeconomy.

Developing science-based tools, materials and technologies to assess and protect our freshwater resources.

Researching forest use and sustainable management.

Water quality assessment, remediation and management. 

Seeking to understand the world we live in, impact

Featured Research Projects

A comprehensive aquatic invasive species (AIS) presence database for St. Louis County lakes to help identify which may be at risk for new AIS introduction.

A website of the state's carnivore species -- from the tiny least weasel to the black bear.

Helping decision-makers prioritize where to restore and protect wetlands in Minnesota.

Recent News

Researcher 1: Environmental Biology
Job opening: 348117
Location: NRRI-Duluth
Full Time position/Open until filled

MnDOT funding seeks to understand true number of incidents in Minnesota to save money, wildlife and human injuries.

GIS skills and biology background come together in data delivery role for Kristi Nixon.

NRRI Temporary Field Technician/Aquatic Ecology

Job Opening: 347052

Application review: April 25, 2022

Aquatic ecologist’s career wades into streams and shorelines to understand freshwater resources

NRRI research shows that local waste materials can effectively keep pollutants from water sources.