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Joe Nehlig (Research Associate, Lee Memorial Forest) hosted a camp crawfish boil for students in RNR 3034 (Spring Camp - Dendrology). Nedra Wilson (left) and Karen Cambre (right) were dinner guests. 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 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. 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] 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 4061 in Mozmabique: Underwater wonders RNR 4061 in Mozambique: Sunrise over the Indian Ocean

Congratulations Graduates!!
Spring 2017

School of Renewable Natural Resources Spring Graduation

Images from the RNR Graduate Reception and College of Agriculture Diploma Ceremony are now up on our Gallery page.

RNR Sophomore Named
Udall Scholar, Publishes Book

Madelyn Smith (center), published a book, “Louisiana Gone,” which details life along Louisiana’s vulnerable coastline through photographs and essays. [photo and artcle by: Tobie Blanchard/LSU agCenter]

Left: Lyle (right) and Lane (left) Leblanc, standing in front of a storage shack on their family property. The Leblancs own and operate a licensed alligator farm on their land just outside of Houma, Louisiana. [photo:Madelyn Smith and Trent Andrus]

Right: The last remaining cemetery in Leeville has been cemented into place to prevent the wrought iron crosses and grave markers from subsiding further into the Gulf of Mexico. [photo:Madelyn Smith and Trent Andrus]

RNR PhD students Awarded Dissertation Year Fellowships

Two LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Ph.D. students, Songjie He (left) and Kristin DeMarco (right), were recently awarded 2017-18 Dissertation Year Fellowships. These fellowships are very competitive with a large pool of high-quality applicants.

Ms. He’s works under the direction of Dr. Yi-jun Xu. Her dissertation is titled Changes in Carbon, Nutrient, and Trace Metal Concentrations during the Transition from Freshwater to Marine Environments – A Case Study in Southwest Louisiana.

Ms. DeMarco’s dissertation is titled: Changing conditions in the northern Gulf of Mexico coastal landscape: submerged aquatic vegetation community response to changes in salinity and climate. Ms. DeMarco is from Dr. Megan LaPeyre’s laboratory.

Congratulations to Songjie and Kristin!!

RNR Students at
Discover Day 2017

LSU Discover, a program under the LSU Office of Academic Affairs, promotes and supports undergraduate research and creative opportunities to students from all disciplines at LSU. With a focus on information literacy, original ideas, research methods, research ethics, and communication, the LSU Discover program strives to provide a supportive environment where all undergraduate students can engage in mentored research and creative endeavors.

Discover Day 2017 was a huge success. Nearly 200 students presented their research and creative projects, and well over 400 visitors attended the event and voted for their "Tiger's Choice."

Students in RNR will well-represented and took home several awards for the day.

LEEC Research Grants Awarded

Congratulations to Bo Wang and Jeremy Reiman for each being awarded the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s (LEEC) University Research Grant. Bo and Jeremy are working in Dr. Jun Xu’s laboratory. These are competitive awards that will help Bo and Jeremy support their dissertation research.

Dr. Gilbert OtotoGilbert Ototo, A Ph.D. student studying under Dr. Richard Vlosky in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU, has been invited to participate in the prestigious Schweighofer Student Workshop for 2017.

Forty graduate students from around the world in various programs in forestry and forest-based sectors are invited annually to participate. The workshop is organized by Professor Alfred Teischinger, at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria.

LFPDC Alumnus Named International Fellow

Dr. Francisco Aguilar, LFPDC alumnusDr. Francisco Aguilar, a former student of Dr. Richard Vlosky (Directory, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center - LFPDC) has been awared the 2017 Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture by the Universty of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CANFR).

Francisco is an Associate Professor of Forestry, on the faculty since 2009. His research focuses in two areas: the economics of wood and non-wood products, and policy and land management. He follows the wood energy market and its competitiveness as compared to other energy sources.

Congratulations to Dr. Aguilar. More information about him is available at the CNFAR

Traditional Graduate Fellows Grant Awarded

RNR Faculty member, Dr. Sabrina Taylor, recently received a Traditional Graduate Fellows Grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to increase the quality and diversity of graduate students entering the School’s Graduate Program.

Any RNR faculty member who provided information for the proposal can nominate a student for this fellowship. One PhD student will be selected by a committee to receive $30,000/year and a tuition waiver for four years. Nominated students with high GPAs & GREs, research experience, good letters for reference, and who increase the School’s diversity will be considered highly competitive.

The fellowship will begin in the Fall 2018 semester. Dr. Taylor will make every effort to extend this funding by submitting grant proposals in subsequent years.

Research Matters - Spring 2017

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

  • 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 --

  • 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!
  • Marine Field Techniques in Mozambique, Africa

    Get all the details of this story on our Student News page.

    Study Abroad in Swaziland

    Get all the details of this story on our Student News page.

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