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 wetland 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

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.

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


Join us for our featured 2021 Queer History Month (QHM) keynote talk with Dr. Jessica L. Ware, an entomologist and curator at the AMNH in NYC. Her work focuses on dragonflies, damselflies, cockroaches, and termites, with a few other insects thrown in for good measure. Entomology is a vibrant, vital, exciting, international science, but the history of the discipline is complicated, and deeply rooted in colonialism. The keynote address is taking place online on Oct. 1st from 6:00–7:30pm. The talk is entitled: “Diversifying Entomology”. You can register here.


QHM is taking place throughout the entire month of October under the theme "Coming Together", which recognizes that the pandemic has been tough on everyone, especially for 2SLGBTQIA+ communities where shared spaces have always been a source of strength, resilience, and affirmation. As places start to open-up, this year's QHM offers a renewed opportunity to come together as we begin to move past all the changes we've lived through as of late. In addition to the keynote, other events include "Return of the Rainbow", a "Chat with an Elder" session, a zine-making workshop, a trans and nonbinary in academia panel, and an open mic night with performances by Opéra Queens. QHM is also on Facebook and Instagram.




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