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Cody Juneau, NREM Student




The Laborde Award for Leadership in Renewable Natural Resources is presented annually to a full-time undergraduate student who has completed at least 96 hours of coursework with a GPA ≥ 3.0, and who has demonstrated leadership in student organizations and activities associated SRNR  The 2019 recipient is Miss Jenna Cheramie, Senior in Wildlife Ecology.  Pictured are Dr. Mike Kaller, Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Luke Laborde, Miss Cheramie, and Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of  SRNR. Catie Barry begins her internship with the Climate Committee on<br />
Captol Hill in Washington, DC Cameron Toerner and Jacob Meyer compete in Jack & Jill Crosscut Saw at the 62nd Forestry Conclave @ Louisiana State University.  Members of the student chapter of SAF at LSU, organizers and hosts of the conclave, cheer the team! Students of RNR 3018 birding at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Students of RNR 3018 participated in a weekend birding trip to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Katie Costanza, an LSU College of Agriculture Les Voyageurs (a select group of students representing the College of Ag) is currently a senior in natural resource ecology and management and animal sciences. From Gonzales, Louisiana, she participates in many dogs shows, raises and breeds rodents as well as collecting invertebrates such as spiders and centipedes. 2019 Spring Camp, Lee Memorial Forest - With Dr. Tom Dean Congratulations to Madelyn Smith (her with RNR Faculty Dr. Mike Kaller), one of the 2019 Tiger Twelve.  Tiger Twelve is an award that is presented to 12 exceptional seniors since 2003. The Tiger Twelve exemplify the seven tenets of LSU’s Commitment to Community, which explains LSU’s basic principles as an academic community. RNR students visited multiple mangrove restoration projects constructed using local manual labor by Ducks Unlimited de Mexico.  Pictured, left to right, Ben McCullar, Dr. Andy Nyman, Melanie Holton, Hayley Jackson, Cameron Toerner, Ashlyn Sak, Kaiser Franck, Scott Graham, Dr. Kevin Ringelman, Katie Davis, Dr. Luke Laborde The class was hosted by Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (DUMAC), which provided transportation, housing, food, and guide and interpretive services throughout the trip.  The group was based at the John E. Walker Natural Resources and Training Center at Celestun, Yucatan, adjacent to the Ria Celestun Biosphere, a Ramsar wetland of international importance. Fall 2019 Graduating class of the School of Renewable Natural Resources

Jacob Donellan, imageTAMU Forest Service names RNR Alum as new East Texas Operations Department Head

Congratulations to Jacob Donellan, for being named as the new east Texas Operations Department Head. The former regional forester at Texas A&M Forest Service, Jacob is 1999 RNR Alumnus, with a BS in Forest Resource Management.

Donellan started with the agency in 2000 as the Best Management Practices forester in Linden before moving into the district forester role for Huntsville. He most recently served as the regional forester for East Texas Operations’ central region.

A profile of Jacob's contributions to the TAMU Forest Service is here.

Bret Collier named new
Wildlife Society Bulletin
Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Bret Collier, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, started as the new editor in chief on July 1. No stranger to the journal, he has been a longtime associate editor for both WSB and the Journal of Wildlife Management. His first published paper was in WSB in 2005.

“The Bulletin has always had kind of a special place within our field,” Collier said. “It publishes everything from population biology and mathematics to controversial topics and opinions pieces, and it provides a really good opportunity for young scientists to get some of their information out in a very readable format that reaches managers fairly quickly.”

The full announcement is avaialbe from the The Wildlife Society. Congratulations, Bret!

LSU RNR Alum and
Tiger Chapter Make DU News

Ethan Massey, LSU RNR Alumnus photo
LSU Chapter of Ducks Unlimited member photo

Prescribed Burning Workshop:
Hands-on Experience

Photo of prescribed burning exercise Fire plays an important ecological role in managing forest land. To better understand the science behind prescribed burns, a burn certification course was taught at the Louisiana Ecological Forestry Center in Sabine Parish.

The Prescribed Burner Certification Workshop was held June 2 to 4. Instruction was led by personnel from the AgCenter, LDAF and LDWF. The informational video [LINK] is narrated by RNR faculty member, Dr. Neils DeHoop.

Preserving the Hunt

LSU: Preserving the Hunt video image

In the School of Renewable Natural resources, we provide an opportunity for our wildlife students to learn to hunt. This is an important part of their education.

Our students gain an appreciation for the role of hunters in wildlife and habitat conservation, and this makes them better prepared for careers in wildlife management.

The videos below will give you a glimpse of the program.

See the LSU story: Hunting for the Next Generation of Conservation Stewards


Supporting Excellence!

Renew Your SRNR/FWF Alumni Association Memebership for 2020 Now
and Stay Connected!

**SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Alumni Events**

  • Science Thursday: 10 September and 5 November, 6:00 pm
  • SRNR/FWF AA Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame induction: 2 October, 6:00 pm

**Pending COVID-19 status, minimally, these events will be open on Zoom. We will defer until start of the fall semester a decision as to whether we are able to also host alumni at our building. Watch for future emails with specifics.

Discover Day 2020

Congratulations to RNR undergraduate student, Katie Davis (NREM), a 1st Place winner overall with her slideshow presentation titled: "Population structure and genetic variation in Seaside Sparrows (Ammospiza maritima) using a next-generation sequencing approach." Katie also recieved a monetary award as the top-scoring student for Discover Day 2020 for the College of Agriculture!

The LSU Discover Day undergraduate symposium provides a forum for undergraduate students from any major to share their research and creative works. This year, 100 intrepid undergraduate students braved the frontier of remotely presenting their research online!


COVID-19 could negatively affect Eastern wild turkey populations

Mike Wheeler, right, a doctoral student in the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources, draws blood from a captured Eastern wild turkey (05/04/20) BATON ROUGE, La. — COVID-19 has had a profound effect on people for the past three months in terms of loss of life and economic costs. But it also may be playing a role in the potential decline of the Eastern wild turkey population.

[Left] Mike Wheeler, right, a doctoral student in the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources, draws blood from a captured Eastern wild turkey as part of a research project. Eastern wild turkey populations have been in a decline for at least the past decade, and more birds are being harvested this year. COVID-19 restrictions have led to a noticeably higher hunter effort pursuing wild turkeys because of limits being placed on other activities. Photo by Bret Collier/LSU AgCenter

Bret Collier, an associate professor in the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources, is one of the nation’s leading researchers regarding wild turkeys. He and Michael Chamberlain, a professor at the University of Georgia, are examining preliminary data on harvesting wild turkeys across the southeastern United States during the pandemic.

Both Collier and Chamberlain are concerned that an increasing number of hunters and their efforts are leading to a much higher number of mature birds being harvested than in a typical year.

“Right now, we are seeing an increase in harvest on public lands and an increase in hunter days afield,” Collier said. “Wild turkey harvest in Louisiana was 15% higher by the third week of the 2020 season relative to the 2019 season.”

RNR Student is the 2020 Outstanding Senior for the LSU College of Agriculture

Elizabeth Sicard, 2020 Outstanding SeniorElizabeth Sicard has been selected as this year’s Gerald & Norma Dill COA Alumni Outstanding Senior. The Outstanding Senior Award recognizes seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to academic success and have a clear career goal in a profession related to Agriculture.

Elizabeth will graduate with at least a 3.95GPA with a BS in Natural Resource Ecology and Management with minors in Geology and Oceanography. She was honored with President’s Honor Roll (4) and Dean’s List (2) during all eligible semesters. During winter 2019-2020, she was selected for a prestigious undergraduate research experience at the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) station in Antarctica (see WBRZ story). During summer 2018-2019, she was selected for an Experiential Professional Learning Opportunities in Research and Education (EXPLORE) internship. These accomplishments are even more noteworthy considering that she was in Tiger Band and Bengal Brass and service to the community in BREC’s Green Force and Christ the King Service Team. Congratulations to Elizabeth for this well-deserved honor!

"Cocktails and Conservation"

The National Wild Turkey Federation sponsored "Cocktails and Conservation-Spring Seclusion Edition: Predators Research." The live-recorded video featured RNR faculty Dr. Bret Collier, and adjunct faculty Dr. Michael Chamerlain with Jason Lupardus, Wildlife Biologist for NWTF.

The National Wild Turkey Federation is an international non-profit organization whose mission is 'the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.' It currently has more than 250,000 members in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 14 other countries.

The video is available at this URL - Cocktails and Conservation

Research Matters
Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 edition of Research Matters is now available for download. See what is happening with our students and faculty in the many diverse and interesting teaching, research, and extension projects that are ongoing. RNR also welcomes Dr. Kristin DeMarco to the Faculty as an instructor, specializing in coastal wetland ecology.


-- Quick News --

  • USEFUL LINK: Writing a Personal Essay for Graduate School:
    Tips and Advice for Standing Out as a Graduate Program Candidate
  • Graduate Scholarships Update: Information on Graduate Scholarships has been updated to include recent elegibility requirements, and application deadlines. Additionally, two new offerings have been added: The John Barton Sr. College of Agriculture Wildlife Scholarship and the Charles Bosch Scholarship. Information on these, and other Scholarship offerings can be addressed to Dr. Mike Kaller (mkalle1[at]lsu.edu)
  • SAF has released the 2017 Guide to Forestry, Urban Forestry, and Natural Resources, and Ecosystem Management Programs that is designed to help those interested in a forestry career learn about SAF-accredited forestry programs and assist them in choosing the right one. To download a copy of the guide, go to our Jobs, Graduate Assistantships, Internship page.
  • RNR Faculty and Students share their personal stories about rescue efforts druing the Flood of August 2016. Read a couple of stories from the front lines on our Flood 2016 page
  • The Student Chapter of Society of American Foresters (SAF) has a way to keep you informed, share their news and events, and keep in touch: They have a Facebook page. LIKE their page, and keep up with all the latest! Support your local (student) Foresters!
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    Check out our videos that shows why the School of Renewable Natural Resources is the place to be!

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