To excel in the discovery and communication of how natural and managed environments and their elements function in an era of global change.
The mission of the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences is to generate knowledge about local and global environments that can be disseminated to meet the needs of students, agricultural producers, land owners and managers, the general scientific community, and the citizens of Montana.
We bring together disciplines related to soils, microorganisms, insects, plants, climate, and water to address issues affecting cropland, rangeland, forests, reclaimed land, extreme environments, and protected natural areas.
Through our research, outreach, and teaching, we strive to integrate scientifically-sound information across spatial and temporal scales to enhance productivity of managed lands, facilitate knowledge-based adoption of sustainable practices, and produce broadly educated students prepared for careers in the environmental sciences.
The following framework illustrates the LRES Department’s vision of excelling in the discovery and communication of how natural and managed environments and their elements function in an era of global change.
Discovering Earth and Ecosystem Function
Optimizing Managed Ecosystems
Research and Extension
Areas of Expertise
Ecosystem and Landscape Processes
Pest Ecology and Management
Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Tools/Basic Knowledge/Skill Building
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