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The student chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) and RNR 2039 (Intro to Natural Resource Policy) participated in a service day at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe on Saturday, 1 October 2016.  They spent time tidying up the HQ and removing nuisance vine/trees to learning how to paddle a canoe for the first time!  RNR 2039 students participating were Anna West, Colette Pansini, Camille Doig, and Jazmyn Bernard The student chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) and RNR 2039 (Intro to Natural Resource Policy) participated in a service day at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe on Saturday, 1 October 2016.  They spent time tidying up the HQ and removing nuisance vine/trees to learning how to paddle a canoe for the first time!  RNR 2039 students participating were Anna West, Colette Pansini, Camille Doig, and Jazmyn Bernard The student chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) and RNR 2039 (Intro to Natural Resource Policy) participated in a service day at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe on Saturday, 1 October 2016.  They spent time tidying up the HQ and removing nuisance vine/trees to learning how to paddle a canoe for the first time!  RNR 2039 students participating were Anna West, Colette Pansini, Camille Doig, and Jazmyn Bernard Scott Allen gives invited plenary session talk at the CUAHSI (Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc) meeting in Shepherdstown, WV, 24-27 July 2016. Cassie Skaggs (RNR graduate gtudent of Dr. Kevin Ringelman) and Jackie Satter (2015 RNR Graduate) are studing the impacts of oil and gas extraction on nesting frequency and success at the Bakken Shale area, North Dakota. Cassie Skaggs (front) and Jackie Satter (back) taking measurements for the study on the impacts of oil and gas extraction and other disturbances on nesting frequency and success at the Bakken Shale area, North Dakota. This is OUR office!  Where is yours?  Cassie Skaggs(green shirt) and Jackie Satter (teal shirt) get to the site for the study on the impacts of oil and gas extraction and other disturbances on nesting frequency and success at the Bakken Shale area, North Dakota. Students in RNR 4011 - Wildlife Management Techniques -  learn how to band wood ducks, fall semester 2015 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] A joint field trip for ENTM/RNR 7030 and ENTM 4005 to the Feliciana Preserve to collect aquatic insects. [Photo courtesy of the  Louisiana State Arthropod Museum] Travel to Mozambique: RNR 4061 Students get their open water Dive Cerificates Mozambique: RNR 4061 student Brandy Malbrough heads down to complete dive skills Mozambique:  RNR 4061 Students talk science as they learn about community-based aquaculture and techiques in marine data collection NREM student-athlete Jesse Stallings hosted faculty member Mike Kaller for the LSU-Alabama baseball game through the Faculty Guest Coach program RNR 3018 Students at Rockfellar Wildlife Refuge, Spring 2016. Students tallied approximately 70 species. RNR 4061 in Mozmabique: Underwater wonders RNR 4061 in Mozambique: Sunrise over the Indian Ocean


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ACADEMIC CALENDAR: Important Dates
  • 20 Jan 2017, Friday: Final date for dropping courses without receiving a grade of “W”, 4:30 p.m. deadline
  • 23 Jan 2017, Monday: Final date for adding courses for credit and making section changes, 4:30 p.m. deadline
  • 27 Feb - 1 March (12:30 pm): Mardi Gras Holiday, No Classes
  • For other important dates and deadlines: Spring 2017 Academic Calendar

Six NREM Degree Programs Offered by RNR Receive Accreditation from the Society of American Foresters

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Six areas of concentration are now accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Three of the AOCs (Forest Resource Management, Forest Enterprise, and Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management) meet the standards for accreditation under SAF’s traditional Forestry program. The other three AOCs (Conservation Biology, Ecological Restoration, and Wetland Science) meet the standards for accreditation under SAF’s new program called Natural Resource and Ecosystem Management.

Accreditation is a mark of academic quality, a demonstration of accountability, and a promise of continued planning for the future.

The forestry program in RNR has been continuously accredited by SAF since 1936, the first year SAF started its 81-year-old accreditation program. The Society of American Foresters established the standards for accrediting natural resource and ecosystem management programs in 2014 to create educational criteria that train resource professional in the art and science of sustaining ecosystem composition, structure, and function that satisfy long-term objectives. RNR’s long history of accreditation reflects the School’s ability to identify and respond to the evolving needs of society from its natural resources.

What's behind the dramatic drop in
soft-shell crab production in Louisiana?

Blue crab researchers hope to preserve Louisiana's struggling soft-shell industry. Dr. Julie Lively, RNR Assistant Professor and Fisheries Specialist for the LSU AgCenter, has teamed up with researchers from the University of Maryland and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science last December to begin what she described as a multi-year project to determine what's affecting the soft-shell blue crab industry and find ways to preserve it and make it more profitable and successful. The research collaboration across the three states is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries. Dr. Lively's work is highlighted in a recent article in the Baton Rouge newspaper, The Advoacte. The article, written by Grace Toohey (of The Advocate) is permalinked here.

Problems with soft-shell crab production,

Dr. Jun Xu Recipient of
G & H Research Award

Yi-Jun Xu, a professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources

Congratulations to Yi-Jun Xu, a professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources who specializes in hydrologic and biogeochemical modeling, on receiving the G & H Seed Company Inc. Research Award. This award recognizes a researcher who has conducted exemplary work in the past five years.

Xu has received more than $5 million in competitive research grants, authored or co-authored 39 peer-reviewed journal articles and taught 16 graduate seminars.

“This recognition comes with a lot of support and effort from many individuals,” Xu said. “Improving and understanding water quality issues is a major task. Louisiana has nearly 500 watersheds and the largest river in North America, the Mississippi. It has several coastal rivers, making Louisiana a very diverse state in terms of hydrology.”

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  • 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
  • 3rd Quarter 2016 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions 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!
  • Marine Field Techniques in Mozambique, Africa


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    Study Abroad in Swaziland


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