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Featured Tiger:
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

Spring Semester 2021 Begins -
Welcome Back!!

  • -- 11 Jan 2021 - Monday: Classes begin
  • -- 18 Jan 2021 - Monday: Martin Luther King Day Holiday
  • -- 20 Jan 2021 - Wednesday: Final date for dropping courses without receiving a grade of “W,”4:30 p.m., deadline
  • -- 21 Jan 2021 - Thursday: Final date for adding courses for credit and making section changes, 4:30 p.m., deadlinee

LSU Covid-19 Updates and Information

Distinguished Communicator
AND Undergraduate Researcher!

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Josef Schuster is a Fall 2020 LSU Distinguished Communicator from the College of Agriculture AND has been awarded an LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Medal! Josef is a natural resource ecology & management (NREM) major. He plans to attend graduate school after graduation and continue his passion for research.

"The research that I've been involved with here stems across a couple different labs I've worked in. All the independent research I've done stems from either fisheries science or aquaculture research.

The aquaculture research was focused on developing a novel holding system for turtle hatchings. For the fisheries research, I've done everything - from studying what swordfish eat in the northern Gulf of Mexico to even looking at age and growth in largemouth bass and bluegill in lakes and streams."

Josef's advisor for the Distinguish Communicator in the Communications across the Curriculum program (CxC) was Dr. Michael Kaller, professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. His mentors in the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program were Dr. Kaller, Dr. Mike Dance, Dr. Steve Midway, and Dr. Greg Lutz.

As the first program of its kind in the nation, LSU CxC is a multimodal, multifaceted program that works to improve the writing, speaking, visual and technological communication skills of undergraduates. Launched in 2005, LSU CxC equally emphasizes instruction in all four modes of communication while respecting the variations in style and genres within the disciplines. The unique LSU CxC model provides a holistic approach to undergraduate student learning by integrating certified courses within the disciplines, faculty development and training initiatives, student support and extracurricular workshops, and student recognition across the curriculum.

Recipients of the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Program award have completed many hours of research under the guidance of faculty mentors, presented their work to the university community, and published or presented their work for dissemination. This was an extraordinarily difficult year for all and yet these hard-working students managed to complete the difficult requirements for the medal despite any set-backs or complications.

Quite an accomplishment! Congratulations, Josef!

Research explores how coastal changes affect wildlife

(12/14/20) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter has announced publication of research aimed at helping coastal planners predict the results of flood protection and wetland restoration on coastal wildlife.

The research was published in the “Wetlands” journal by U.S. Geological Service ecologist Brett Patton, LSU AgCenter coastal ecologist Andy Nyman and Megan La Peyre, assistant unit leader at the USGS.

The article, “Living on the Edge: Multi-Scale Analyses of Bird Habitat Use in Coastal Marshes of Barataria Basin, Louisiana, USA,” is online at https://bit.ly/3qVw75H.

Patton conducted the research as part of her master’s thesis, which was directed by Nyman.

Nyman noted that wetland loss, navigation channels, flood protection and wetland restoration can replace open water with marsh grasses, or vice versa, and replace fresh marshes with saline marshes, or vice versa.

“The research produced standardized measurements of waterbirds using marsh grasses, waterbirds using marsh ponds and waterbirds using the edge habitat where grass meets ponds,” he said.

"Preserving the Hunt" Continues

In today’s university-based wildlife conservation programs, it is increasingly common for enrolled students to lack prior exposure to or experience with hunting. In response to this trend, initiatives commonly referred to as “University Hunt Programs” are being developed (also see the article and videos reference below), whereby students are given an opportunity to learn about and participate in waterfowl hunting.

In video episodes, the program is introduced by 4 guests that have been active participants in them. This two-part podcast is a continuation of a paper (Successes and Challenges of University first Hunt Programs. ) Madelyn McFarland, a Graduate assitant at Mississippi State Univeristy, had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Mike Brasher, Dr. Kevin Ringelman, Dr. John Eadie, and Julie Huynh to discuss university hunt programs, as well as her and Julie’s personal experiences through Louisiana State University.

From Madelyn McFarland: "Coming from a non-traditional background, the university hunt program was my first introduction to hunting. Since my first hunt, I’ve gotten to chase ducks, geese, and doves in 5 different states! I am eternally grateful to the LSU hunt program and its sponsors for facilitating such a life changing experience."

-- Hunter Education for the Professionals: University Hunt Programs (1 of 2)
-- Mud on the Boots: University Hunt Programs (2 of 2)

Preserving the Hunt

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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

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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