Internationally recognized for outstanding research in the life, environmental, computational, and physical sciences.
Faculty and students in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) are internationally recognized for their outstanding research in the life, environmental, computational, and physical sciences.
CNS faculty are routinely listed among the world’s leading scientific minds in Thomson Reuters surveys. In Massachusetts, UMass Amherst ranks third in funding received from the National Science Foundation, after Harvard and MIT. On campus, CNS is the largest recipient of grant funding, and CNS faculty are campus leaders in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, a $150 million interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial research center focused on developing new products to benefit health and medicine. Postdoctoral researchers and graduate and undergraduate students actively engage with faculty and contribute to a wide range of relevant and interdisciplinary research.
In the spotlight
“The soil is alive. It is teeming with billions of microbes.”
Research centers, institutes, and groups
Advances research in theoretical and experimental physics at the interface of the energy, intensity, and cosmic frontiers.
Connecting individuals, industries, and government agencies with scientists and educators, and providing access to all agricultural expertise on campus.
Engages faculty and students in research and instruction in applied mathematics and scientific computation.
Facilitates interactions between physicists and life scientists and works to engender physically sophisticated research on biological systems.
Develops evolutionary materials research and education.
Conducts research on the relationships among hormones, the brain, physiology, and behavior.
Supports natural, social, and behavioral sciences research on issues relevant to families.
Performs research relating to global climate change.
Fosters collaboration in marine research among the Northeast Marine Fisheries Science Center at Woods Hole, UMass faculty, and students.
Transitioning rapidly away from fossil fuels presents a massive opportunity to design and choose equitable pathways to a net-zero energy system.
Covers the broad agricultural commodities found in Massachusetts and New England, with farms totaling over 620 acres.
Conducts research that helps understand the social and economic dimensions of family forestry to promote sustainable forest management.
Brings together scientists, educators, government agencies, and industry to identify solutions to food-related health issues.
Responsible for the stewardship of five forest properties totaling over 2,000 acres.
Researches the impact of natural and human-caused disturbances on forests—an NSF Long Term Ecological Research site.
Studies social and policy aspects of natural resource issues.
Provides interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative research through its three life sciences centers.
Oversees educational and scholarly activities and translational research through strategic industry partnerships.
Invests in multidisciplinary STEM research for social justice.
Enables scientific advances in many areas of astronomy using the world’s largest single dish telescope operating at millimeter wavelengths.
Conducts research through a campuswide initiative for nanoscale science and engineering.
Administers and distributes federal experiment station funds.
Researches wildlife ecology and management in surburban areas, and develops quantitative approaches for solving natural resource issues.
Researches nanoscale materials, devices, and systems, advances commercialization and industry partnerships, and fosters education and outreach.
Focuses on the ecology and dynamics of moose and forest interactions, especially in Central and Western Massachusetts.
Provides a regional voice for urban forestry initiatives in the Northeast.
A consortium of seven institutions across the Northeast Region, each contributing significant and unique expertise to the region’s climate challenge.
Connects interdisciplinary biomedical research teams of life and physical scientists, engineers, and physicians.
Focuses on the ecology, physiology, and behavior of Atlantic salmon and other anadromous fish species.
The Massachusetts partner in the national Cooperative Extension System, addressing public concerns of high priority for the commonwealth.
Conducts research and monitoring on the impacts of ozone on forest plants throughout the Northeast.
Supports interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach efforts on water resources issues of state, regional, and national importance.