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

The goal of this project was to develop a model that predicts potential beaver dam locations based on stream channel, watershed and habitat characteristics.

The ForCAST tool attempts to provide forestry professionals and land managers with an opportunity to evaluate how a changing climate and changing markets might a

The Minnesota Fisher Den Box Project is focused on evaluating an emerging habitat management tool to address the declining MN fisher population.

Recent News

Intern project gives data the GIS treatment for easy access to pine estimates and logging harvest activities

Research effort to provide artificial tree cavities attracted some fishers, other wildlife; expanded project will study predators

Love of outdoors keeps field work at the core of research technician’s role.

Lake sediment sampling reveals historical air quality on Iron Range

Bridget Ulrich received the inaugural Deborah L. Swackhamer Early Career Award at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference on October 18.

Job ID: 352330
Location: Duluth
Job Family: Research-Support
Full-Time / Regular
Employee Class: Acad Prof and Admin