The faculty of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management are actively conducting research within a variety of environmental fields, from air, soil, water, wetlands, hazardous wastes, to park management and environmental interpretation.
- Dr. Amy Gregg's research projects are in local park planning, environmental programming, and human dimensions of resource management.
- Dr. John Pichtel's current work is investigating the decomposition of oily hydrocarbons in soil as affected by microorganisms and addressing uptake of heavy metals (lead, cadmium, cobalt) by green plants.
- Dr. Joshua Gruver’s current work is in sociocultural, economic, and biophysical dimensions that inform the human-natural resources dynamic. This includes recent work on a local food hub model.
- Dr. Jessi Haeft’s current work is in soil science and sustainable agriculture, addressing soil health benefits from urban agriculture practices, and the use of cover crops alongside gated tile drainage to reduce excessive nitrogen and phosphorus load.
- Dr. Bangshuai Han’s current work is investigating water resources and water quality issues along with climate change and human activities.
- Dr. Bowen Zhang’s research embraces the study of climate change and global warming as affected by humans.”