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Welcome to the School of Natural Resources

The School of Natural Resources strives to spark passion in our students for the principles of stewardship and sustainability of our renewable natural resources by:

  • offering students the education to assume leadership roles,
  • advancing research knowledge, and
  • providing technical information and professional service to society.

The School of Natural Resources is committed to providing students with quality educational experiences both in and out of the classroom. We recognize that students are our future supporters, colleagues, and citizens, reflecting our best efforts to the outside world. Our faculty conscientiously make every effort to integrate teaching and research in the classroom, providing opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, creative problem solving, and the use of cutting-edge technology.

For More Information

Recruiting Coordinator
School of Natural Resources
PO Box 6125
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125
Toll Free: 866-248-1206
Local: 304-293-0167
Fax: 304-293-2441
E-Mail: forestry@mail.wvu.edu



Lori Petrauski, a graduate student in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, speaks with PRX about her interest in phenology. Listen HERE.

Robert Burns, Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources, is co-editor of Outdoor Recreation Planning, a comprehensive new textbook in the field. Read more HERE.

Peter Jenkins, a sophomore Wildlife and Fisheries Resources student in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, has earned a prestigious national scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more HERE.

Sydney E. White, a Wildlife and Fisheries Resources major, has been named recipient of the George Lea Founder’s Scholarship, sponsored by the Public Lands Foundation. Read more HERE.

Laura Farwell, a PhD student in the School of Natural Resources, has won first place in the WVU Three-Minute Thesis Competition. Read more HERE.

Dr. Jingxin Wang, a Professor of Wood Science and Technology, has been named a Benedum Distinguished Scholar in recognition of the high caliber of his research and scholarly activity. Read more HERE.

Wildlife scientists at WVU are studying deer DNA in an attempt to learn how the animals move across the landscape. Read More HERE.

Three SNR scientists are part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers from West Virginia University who will join with the Boy Scouts of America to establish an environmental science, technology, engineering, and math education and research program at Bechtel Summit Reserve near Oak Hill. Read More HERE.

University and state scientists are teaming up to try to answer some questions about native bobcats. Read More HERE and HERE.


From Feb. 22-26, the West Virginia University Natural History Museum will be offering a professional development course entitled “Freshwater Mussels of West Virginia: Life History and Identification.” Read more HERE.

Greg Dahle has co-written “ Urban Forestry 2020: A Closer Look at an Emerging Profession ” in the December 2015 edition of Arborist News.

Darren Wood, a doctoral student in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, received a $50,000 award from the National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to pursue his research. Read more HERE.

Graduate student Lori Petrauski has started a phenology project looking for clues about West Virginia’s climate history in the journals of naturalists who spent a lot of time in the state’s forests and hills. Read more or hear radio spot HERE.

West Virginia University will survey visitors to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, with the aim of assisting state and local governments with tourism strategies. Read more or watch video HERE.

PROJECT ME:As a WVU Honors College student, Hannah Clipp digs into the wild side of research. Read more HERE or Watch Video HERE.

Gregory Dahle has received the Early-Career Scientist Award from the International Society of Arboriculture. Read more Here

WVU-led Research: Decreasing Biodiversity Affects Remaining Plants’ Productivity:* A team of scientists, led by Dr. Jingjing Liang, used data from Alaska’s boreal forests to develop a model that measures and quantifies the effects of plant productivity resulting from a loss of species diversity. Read more HERE.

Dr. Michael Strager has earned the 2015 WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching. Read more HERE.

Patrick Large and Justin Booth are two of only 30 students to receive $5,000 scholarships from the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) Landman Scholarship Trust. Read more HERE.

Dr. Greg Dahle has been awarded a significant grant from The Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund. Read more HERE.

Wood Science and Technology scientists, Dr. Jingxin Wang and Dr. Jamie Schuler, are leading a $3 million bioenergy effort.

Alumna Sheila Eyler is profiled in a USFWS “Science Woman” profile HERE.

Dr. Jingxin Wang will lead a team of WVU researchers trying to make green energy materials even greener by using naturally occurring nanometer-level structures that already exist in plant matter to develop a more efficient and lower cost solution that remains environmentally friendly. Read more HERE.

CNN names Landmen #3 on its 2015 list of Best Jobs in America. “As the nation’s energy boom unfolds, landmen are needed to negotiate oil and gas leases between the companies and the folks that own the resources.”

Dr. Nicolas Zegre has been named as one of the Top Five Forestry Professors in the nation by Fire Science. Read more HERE.

The Energy Land Management major achieved a crucial milestone on Sept. 19 when WVU’s Board of Governors officially approved a Bachelor of Science degree in Energy Land Management. The milestone follows WVU Faculty Senate’s approval in June and is the result of a year of hard work from the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design that made the program a reality. Read more HERE. and HERE...

WVU has received $250,000 from the USDA to explore the power of wood as an energy resource. Professor Jingxin Wang will lead and coordinate a 17-member team to facilitate bio-business development in West Virginia. READ MORE