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Natural Resources and Environmental Management


The Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) program emphasizes the science and management of natural resources and their relationship to environmental quality. The focus of the program is on tropical island ecology and terrestrial resource systems, with special consideration given to Hawaii's unique physical and social environment. It emphasizes the application of physical, biological, and social sciences to the sustainable management and conservation of natural, environmental, and economic resources. The program also provides a science-based understanding of the processes that control the performance and function of terrestrial ecosystems, and the human behaviors and policies that impact, and are impacted by those processes.

Degrees offered include a BS, MS (Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C), and PhD in natural resources and environmental management. Undergraduate specializations in resource management and conservation and in resource development and policy are available. At the graduate level, students select an area of specialization such as: land resource inventory and interpretation; tropical forestry and agro-forestry; land, soil and water conservation; ecological and environmental economics; community economic development; water use and environment policy; hydrologic studies and watershed management; environment valuation; coastal resource management; sustainable agricultural systems; or invasive species economics.

The Department participates in the interdisciplinary Graduate Resource Management Certificate program. This program provides specialized training in environmental resource management and develops pragmatic problem-solving and decision-making skills through analysis of real-world problems.


Natural resources and environmental management is an interdisciplinary subject area and is supported by the literature from a great many disciplines. Of special significance are publications in agronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, economics, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, geography, horticulture, hydrology, physics, soil sciences, and zoology.

Relevant materials relating to Hawaii and the tropical Pacific are acquired through Special Collections. The Hawaiian Collection is the primary repository for material originating in Hawaii. The Pacific Collection includes materials about islands of the Pacific. These departments sometimes purchase duplicate copies of heavily used titles for the general circulating collection. The Asia Collection adds material on economics and geography for their geographic areas. Government Documents provides many relevant publications from both the US Federal and the United Nations depository programs. The Maps, Aerials and GIS unit of Government Documents provides access to materials critical to the Natural Resources and Environmental Management programs.


Language: English is preferred. Spanish and Portuguese publications on tropical areas are collected on a limited basis. Historical materials in Dutch, French and German concerning the tropical Pacific are occasionally acquired. Asian language materials are collected; they are housed in both the Science and Technology area and the Asia Collection.

Chronological: No limitations; the emphasis is on current theories and research. Historical material providing baseline environmental data are acquired selectively.

Geographic: Tropical and sub-tropical areas are of primary interest, with an emphasis on the Pacific islands and Pacific rim regions. Materials concerning temperate areas are collected sparingly.

Date of Publication: Current materials are emphasized; gaps are filled as needed.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: Scholarly journals are of primary importance; where available and financially feasible, Web access is preferred for journal subscriptions. Web-accessible journal article databases, including back files, are acquired as funds permit. Monographs and monographic series on current research in the field are generally collected in print format, but e-book availability is increasing. Conference proceedings are collected selectively in either print or Web accessible electronic format. Reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and bibliographies are collected and Web access is preferred when available. Dissertations and theses in print format are collected on a very selective basis. Audiovisual materials and microforms are purchased only when requested by faculty. Excluded are manuscripts and preprints and reprints of journal articles.

Electronic Format: See Types and Formats of Materials Collected.

Treatment: All treatments are included, with the exception of popular works and lower level textbooks. Upper level textbooks are selectively collected. Both research and applied aspects are collected.


Books that document relevant scholarly research and university level textbooks no more than five years old may be accepted. Gifts in other formats that are relevant to the research or instruction mission of Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department will also be reviewed. Popular magazines, short journal runs, materials that duplicate items already in our collections, and materials in poor condition generally are not accepted. Contact the natural resources and environmental management or ecology or forestry or resource economics subject librarian ( to discuss the nature, extent and timing of your donation. Gifts of archival materials that relate to the history of the university should be discussed with the University Archives (

When donated items are accepted by the UH Manoa Library they become the possession of the Library. The Library reserves the right to make decisions about the disposition of these materials. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to donors, but the Library cannot provide monetary appraisals of gifts.

NOTE: This policy replaces the previous policies for Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agronomy and Soil Science, and General Agriculture.

Compiled by: Eileen Herring
Date: June 2008

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