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Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited (TCDU) coordinated collection of food, clothing, tools, and cleaning supplies; delivering 3 trailer loads of donations to flood victims in Lumberton, TX.  Pictured are TCDU volunteers assisting with cleanup at the home of Lydia Pace, mother of TCDU chapter President Clint Pace.  Left to right, Will Boler, Catie Barry, Colette Pansini, Chapter Advisor Luke Laborde, Lydia Pace, Clint Pace, and Gunther Spore. Vitek Jirinec (right), in Brazil. with  <em>Pseustes sulphureus</em>, commonly known as the yellow-bellied puffing snake, is a species of snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to South America. Dr. Phil Stouffer is Vitek's major professor. Congratulations to Madelyn Smith (B.S. in Natural Resources Ecology and Management) She was recently selected as Outstanding Junior for all of LSU by the LSU Chapter of The Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  Madelyn is pictured in center with Dr. Regina Leingang (left) and Dr. Mike Kaller (right) representing Phi Kappa Phi. Jack Montoucet, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, speaks to faculty and students in a visit to RNR A joint field trip for ENTM/RNR 7030 and ENTM 4005 to the Feliciana Preserve to collect aquatic insects. [Photo courtesy of Dr. Mike Kaller] Wetlands expert Andy Nyman (Professor, RNR) shows off the root system of healthy bull tongue as George Howard, CEO of Restoration Systems shows off a "mitigation bank" near Jesuit Bend, Thursday, June 29, 2017. photo:  NOLA.com, This Week in Pictures, 14 July 2017 NREM student-athlete Jesse Stallings hosted faculty member Mike Kaller for the LSU-Alabama baseball game through the Faculty Guest Coach program Underwater wonders.  Mozambique:  2016 Local wildlife, up-close and personal. RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Always on the lookout.  RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Even out in the field, there is data analysis. RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 LSU represents! RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Doing science. RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 It is all A-OK in the underwater environment.  RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Testing the ability to recognize size underwater.  RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Sunset silhouette in Mozambique. RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Underwater LSU in Mozambique! With Dr. Reagan Errera, Bryce Loschen, Kathleen Rodick, Sydney Cottingham, William Jackson, Courtney Murr, Zach Stratton, Scott Graham, and Olivia Lewis.

Tiger Chapter - Ducks Unlimited
Fall Banquet

Tiger Chapter of Ducks Unlimited
  • The Tiger Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be holding its Fall Dinner Banquet Wednesday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. in Parker Coliseum.
  • Your ticket includes a year-long membership to Ducks Unlimited, dinn, a chance to participate in a live & silent auction, tier raffle, and a $20 boat raffle! Don't wait because ticket prices increase at the door!
  • Come support wetland conservation and have a little fun helping TCDU compete against all the other university chapters across the nation.
  • Questions?  Contact: Gunther Spore gspore1@lsu.edu, or Michael Patterson duckduke@live.com, or Clint Pace.

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RNR Alum Awarded AFS Golden Membership Award

RNR alumnus, Dugan Sabins (MS Fisheries Science 1973) was recently award the American Fisheries Society’s Golden Membership Award at the 147th AFS Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Dugan is a retired Senior Environmental Scientist with the Office of Environmental Assessment of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He has over 40 years of experience in water resources and the aquatic sciences. Among his experiences are a multi-year limnological study of the Atchafalaya Basin and lower Mississippi River. While at DEQ he was had technical and management responsibilities for surface water quality standards, monitoring and assessment, and with the nonpoint source program.

Dugan represented DEQ on the Management Committee of the Gulf of Mexico Program, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, and the Coordinating Committee of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force (Gulf Hypoxia Task Force). He has also served as president of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Louisiana Water Environment Association. Congratulations to Dugan Sabins for a great career and this special honor!!

Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited
Honored as #1

Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited (TCDU) was honored as the #1 university chapter in the U. S., winner of DU’s “Sweet 16” competition, at the Louisiana Ducks Unlimited State Convention in Lafayette, LA.

The chapter competed with 78 U. S. university chapters, and was responsible for raising over $550,000 for wetland conservation, mostly spent locally for coastal restoration.

Pictured above are Louisiana DU 2016 State Chairman Mark Calais, TCDU alumnus Cody Wells, chapter officers Emily Hartdegen, Amanda Benge, Clint Pace (President), Catie Barry, Scott Graham, Ben Walters, Gunther Spore, chapter advisor Luke Laborde, and Louisiana DU 2017 State Chairman Ellis Guilbeau.

Board of Regents
PhD Fellowship Announced

The School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University seeks an outstanding student for a Board of Regents PhD fellowship to begin in Fall 2018.

The fellowship pays 30K/year for four years and includes a tuition waiver. Active research programs in the School include a diverse array of topics, such as avian ecology, conservation genetics, wetlands ecology, fisheries, and forestry.

Interested students should visit the School’s website (http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/) to identify and contact a professor with similar research interests. If the professor agrees to act as their PhD advisor, prospective students may submit their application to the selection committee chair, Dr. Sabrina Taylor (staylor at lsu.edu).

Application materials must identify the prospective PhD advisor and include a CV, transcripts, three letters of reference, and a written statement describing the student’s motivation for graduate study.

Applicants must be US citizens/residents. All qualified U.S. citizens and residents who apply before Dec 15, 2017 will be considered for the 2018/2019 academic year. Prospective students who apply after Dec 15 will be considered only if a sufficient number of qualified students have not yet applied. Fellowship offers will be made by February 1, 2018 and students who accept will then be asked to apply to the LSU Graduate School. LSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Download Application details: PDF

NYT Highlights RNR Research
on Mottled Ducks

What Swims Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck Could Be a Hybrid of Two Duck Species. This is the title of the New York Times (NYT)article highlighting reseach done by Robert Ford (MS, RNR) and Dr. Sabrina Taylor. The study published Thursday in The Condor: Ornithological Applications suggests the riddling possibility that two duck species forming a hybrid species could one day leave us with less diversity among North American ducks.

Dr. Taylor was interviewed For the NYT article, which appears in the 11 September 2017 edition. Check it out!

LSU students participate in
marine research in Mozambique

[Left] LSU at Praia do Tofo, Mozambique. From left, assistant professor Reagan Errera and students Kathleen Rodick, Sydney Cottingham, Zach Stratton, Bryce Loschen, Olivia Lewis, Scott Graham, Courtney Murr, William Jackson, Katy Murry. The students participated in a Coastal African Field Studies class from May 8-June 4. Photo provided by Reagan Errera

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(07/05/17) BATON ROUGE, La. — Nine LSU students journeyed to Mozambique in May to conduct marine research in the small coastal village of Praia do Tofo and in their month-long stay had encounters with whale sharks that one student described as almost spiritual.

“I was swimming eye to eye with it,” said Sydney Cottingham, a senior from Bowling Green, Kentucky, studying natural resource ecology and management in the LSU College of Agriculture. “It was breathtaking and humbling to be so close to something that majestic.”

Reagan Errera, assistant professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, led the field studies class. The group collaborated with researchers with All Out Africa, a nonprofit organization that implements social and conservation projects.

Errera is working with All Out Africa to conduct research on various species of phytoplankton, the microscopic plants of the ocean, in the area. Her main research focuses on identifying seasonal trends and the spatial extent of the neurotoxin domoic acid.

By identifying seasonal trends, she hopes to determine if human and wildlife health might be at risk. She said shellfish and finfish can accumulate domoic acid, leading to amnesiac shellfish poisoning.

Research Matters - Spring 2017

Resesarch Matters

The Spring 2017 edition of Research Matters is now available. Download your copy and catch-up on happenings in School of Renewable Natural Resources.

TOPICS INCLUDE:
  • Highlights of ongoing student and faculty research projects
  • Recollections of experiences during the August 2016 Flood
  • What is happening in the classroom: Hands-on experience for students
  • Six NREM Degree Programs Receive Accreditation from the Society of American Foresters
  • International travel experiences for Students
  • Graduate Student news
  • Faculty Highlights

-- Quick News --

  • See additional coverage of the Coastal Africa Field Studies' class trip to Mozambique in A Field Trip to Mozambique - Similar latitudes, worlds apart...a story in Country Roads, 24 July, 2017
  • 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.
  • Editions of the Annual Ring (1938-1980) and the LSU Forestry Symposia (1952-1985; 1996) have been digitized, and are available as PDFs. To access copies of The Annual Ring go to The Annual Ring. To access copies of the LSU Foresty Symposium go to LSU Forestry Symposium
  • 1st Quarter 2017 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions 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
  • WEBSITE UPDATE: Links to the LSU Graduate School website have been updated. If you still find a broken link, let us know. Thanks. rnrweb@lsu.edu
  • 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!
  • RNR 4061: Marine Field Techniques in Mozambique, Africa - 2016


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