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Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.

"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."

Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry

School of Biological Sciences

Programs > Natural Resources Technology

The Natural Resources Technology program prepares students for technician-level positions in natural resources by emphasizing field skills and practical applications of theoretical concepts.  Hands-on coursework builds strong ecological understanding while enhancing communication skills and socioeconomic linkages to natural resources.  This program can be taken as a stand alone two-year program, can constitute the first half of the B.S. degree in Parks and Recreation Management, or it can be combined with a B.S. in Criminal Justice to prepare a student for a career in conservation law. With additional coursework, the NRT program can also transition into a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management.

Hands-On Experience

Natural Resources Technology (NRT) students have opportunities to gain hands-on experience while working on real-world practical issues.  Recently students have been working closely with the city of Sault Sainte Marie to inventory trees on city lands, assess risks due to invasive tree pests, and develop management strategies to reduce risks associated with invasive insects and diseases.  This experience integrates their knowledge gained in courses including Principles of Forestry, Air Photo Interpretation, and Introduction to GIS.

Student Profile

Shaun McKeon"The Natural Resources program at LSSU has been a great choice for me as a student.  It has given me a greater understanding of the natural world around me and given me the opportunity to learn more about protecting our environment.  It has also been very beneficial when applying for jobs.  Having an environmental background in today's market opens more opportunities, and having this Associates Degree has been beneficial.  Protecting and conserving the natural resources that surround us is an important part in preserving nature for future generations.  The Natural Resources Technology Degree is designed to instill a sense of stewardship into its students.  By encouraging a curriculum that covers a broad array of classes from Air Photo and Map Interpretation to Soils management principles as well as Wildland Forest Fire Fighting the N.R.T. degree really inspires think about the natural world surrounding them."

- Shaun McKeon

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Career Options

Students completing the NRT Associate's degree will be well-positioned to pursue technician level positions in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, and park management. Technicians are often employed to assist with ecological data collection in the field and laboratory and to communicate effectively with the public. These positions may be physically demanding, requiring employees to adapt to rigorous and sometimes unpleasant field situations (poor weather, biting insects). Employers include federal natural resource agencies (US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service), state natural resource agencies (California Department of Fish and Game, Michigan Department of Natural Resources), local government agencies (county conservation districts, city parks), not-for-profit organizations (land conservancies), and the private sector (environmental consulting firms)


Student Research...

Scottville, Michigan

Andrew investigated factors that stunt the size of northern pike in northern Michigan lakes. His study determined that northern pike in stunted populations exhibited slow growth early on when there was a lack of proper prey species and then stabilized later, possibly due to increased cannibalism. His results will assist northern pike managers in determining management methods for stunted northern pike populations.

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