Welcome to the NRT: Enhancing Conservation Science and Practice program at the University of Maine.
NRT stands for National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship, a program that supports the preparation of future leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. The NSF funds NRT programs in a range of STEM fields around the country, including three such programs at UMaine: Enhancing Conservation Science and Practice (this program), One Health and the Environment, and Systems Approaches to Understanding and Navigating the New Arctic (SAUNNA).
The goal of the Enhancing Conservation Science and Practice NRT is to train the next generation of interdisciplinary environmental conservation leaders. The coursework, research, and community engagement central to the NRT program will equip the next generation of leaders with the skills necessary to address the challenges presented by global and local changes in environmental, social, economic, and climatic conditions.
Program News and Announcements
Michelle de Leon, MS Thesis Defense – Social Capital, Indigenous Storytelling, and Fish Community: Learning Together through Community-University Partnerships in Downeast Maine; July 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Gabrielle Sherman, PhD Defense – Socio-Economic Resilience of Natural Resource Dependent Communities; July 14, 2022 at 12:00 pm
NRT trainee Michelle de Leon’s essay on resilience published in Spire
Megan Leach, MS Thesis Proposal — Human Dimensions of Vernal Pool Conservation in Maine: Implications for Conservation Partnerships; March 30, 2022 at 3:00pm
Interested in adding a Conservation Science specialization to your graduate degree? Scholars participating in our specialization program integrate biophysical and social sciences in collaborative, engaging coursework as well as opportunities for research and professional development. Visit the Specialization in Conservation Science webpage for more information.