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.

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

A risk-based classification and map of watersheds contributing anthropogenic stress to Great Lakes coastal ecosystems.

Recent News

Postdoc. It’s a common term in academia, and growing more common in industry, as well. But what exactly is a Postdoc? And what are they doing at NRRI?

NRRI's fast-growing hybrid poplar tree is showing its worth as an environmental clean-up tool in U.S. Forest Service trials.

NRRI is developing protocols to understand the effectiveness of peatland restoration efforts, while testing and refining monitoring methods that can be applied to other sites.

Sulfate in Minnesota water bodies is a statewide problem. NRRI researchers are developing three different solutions for a variety of applications.

The NRRI Forest & Land research group manager is a researcher-leader that manages, defines, mentors, and participates in research group activities requiring multidisciplinary competencies and c

Collecting the eDNA of invasive species informs prevalence and spread in Northern Minnesota lakes