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Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources

At LR, we have always believed in combining conservation with responsible economic development, whether in our own backyard, halfway across the country, or all the way around the world.

The Reese Institute for the Conservation of Natural Resources provides our students an unprecedented opportunity to do exactly that – participate in a curriculum that supports the adage "think globally, act locally."

Through service learning, scholarship, fieldwork experience, travel opportunities, and internships, students have the chance to positively impact their immediate community, while setting their sights on the larger conservation issues of the nation and beyond.

The Reese Institute is affiliated with the undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy program as well as the graduate program in Sustainability Studies.


John Brzorad

Titles: Co-Director of the Reese Institute, Associate Professor of Biology
Locations: Hickory Campus
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7606
Keith McDade

Keith McDade

Titles: Associate Professor of Sustainability Studies, Co-Director of the Reese Institute
Locations: Asheville Campus
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.407.4276