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NREM: Natural Resources Ecology and Management Research Guide

Research guide for the NREM department and affiliated programs of study – animal ecology, forestry, fisheries, land management, etc. - recommended databases, search tips, and more.

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NREM Reads is a community-wide common read program within the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department that seeks to elevate conversations around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the department. Through the initiative, we seek to engage the NREM community of learners and scholars in important conversations about inclusion and diversity in the natural resources discipline.

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

2022 NREM Reads Selection

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

Prior NREM Reads Selections

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The Home Place: memoirs of a colored man's love affair with nature

2020 NREM READS choice. The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist and professor of ecology J. Drew Lanham. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina -- a place "easy to pass by on the way somewhere else" -- has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be "the rare bird, the oddity."

E-book Access

Read online (requires internet connection)

  1. Access the eBook by following the link and clicking the Full text availability provider's title in the View Online section. 
  2. If not already logged into Okta, log in with your NetID and password when prompted.
  3. Click the PDF Full Text or EPUB Full Text icon on the left to start reading.
    EPUB is recommended for the best reading experience as it will "reflow" the text to fit your screen size.
    Learn more: What is the difference between viewing eBooks in PDF and EPUB formats online

Download options

There are two download options: Full text and chapter downloads.

Full Text (EPUB, PDF) - DRM

This option lets you borrow an eBook for a limited number of days so you can read it offline or on other devices. After the borrowing period ends, the file expires and will self-delete. You can always re-borrow the same book to keep reading, but note the page you ended on as the new file won't have your progress saved.

By Chapter (PDF) - NO DRM

This options lets you download a set number of pages at a time. The file does not expire and is yours to keep.

NOTE: Due to copyright restrictions only a limited number pages at a time can be downloaded per session

  1. Follow the Read Online Instructions and click either PDF or EPUB Full Text. 
  2. Chose the chapter you wish to download on the left and click the download icon. 
  3. Customize your download using the pop-up window. 

Reading Downloaded files

See the Ebsco eBook User Guide for more information. 


I can't open the file I downloaded.

Please double check that you are trying to open the ePub file and not a file with the "acsm" extension. The ACSM file is just a download delivery file used by Adobe Digital Editions to fulfill the ePub file download (yes, this is much more complicated than it should be). The Ebsco eBook User Guide has complete instructions on how this works. 

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Heather Lewin
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