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Department of Natural Resource Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill!

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences (NRS) is a multi-disciplinary group based at McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Our NRS department leads both fundamental and applied research, that includes but is not restricted to the following topics:

  • Biology                                         
  • Biodiversity science                                                
  • Economics
  • Natural history
  • Ecology
  • Soil science
  • Philosophy


We are dedicated to understanding natural and managed ecosystems extending across molecular to global scales with the aim of conservation and optimal management of natural resources. This, in addition to promoting sustainability and biodiversity, is achieved through high quality research and teaching. Our department is comprised of a diverse team that is currently active in a variety of exciting initiatives at local, national and international levels. We are committed to creating an optimal environment for learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

Our department represents several core disciplines including:

  • Soil Science
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Entomology
  • Forest Science
  • Microbiology
  • Agricultural and Ecological Economics

 The multidisciplinary expertise present in our Department is unique within McGill and allows us to contribute to diverse academic programs that are of interest to a wide spectrum of students. Be sure to check out the variety of Undergraduate and Graduate programs to which our department contributes.

With the many research initiatives currently taking place, our NRS department provides students with hands on learning opportunities for practical application in the work force.


The Department of Natural Resource Sciences is part of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University.

Please take a look at the pictures below to get an idea of the diversity of our work.

Students surveying McGill's Molson Reserve

Desert Ecology students

Another Desert Ecology discovery

Desert Ecology students taking some time off to play in the dunes of southern California

One of the many "finds" of the Desert Ecology field course

Desert Ecology students at Joshua Tree National Park

Dr Murray Humphries Mobile Energetics Laboratory (MEL)

Prof Lyle Whyte's team in Canada's arctic

Trapping insects at night

Photo by Barbara Frei

Graduate student Marianne Marcoux studying narwhals

One of Dr Ian Strachan's agrometeorology field sites

Collared and tagged marten

Tillage induced soil erosion in Costa Rica. Photo by Kevin Tiessen

Panama field trip

Prof Lyle Whyte's team in Canada's arctic

Prof Lyle Whyte's team in Canada's arctic

Prof Chris Buddle's entomology team in Yukon

Prof Chris Buddle's entomology team in Yukon