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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

RNR Calendar

  • -- 22 Apr 2021 - Thursday: Annual General Meeting of the SRNR/FWF Alumni Association
  • -- 23 April 2021 - Friday: Final date for dropping courses, 4:30 p.m., deadline. [Note change of date]. Click the link for more information rgarding 'W' grades for Spring 2021 semester.
  • -- 26 Apr through 1 May - [Monday - Saturday] Final Exams


  • -- SCIENCE THURSDAY (via Zoom). Thank you to Dr. Megan LaPeyre, Adjunct Professor of Fisheries at RNR, for her presentation on February 4th. "Love'em or hate'em, oysters are shucking amazing" If you missed the live Zoom event, you can view the presentation by clicking the link: Presentation Video

LSU Covid-19 Updates and Information

LSU SRNR/FWF Alumni Association
Annual General Meeting

Please mark your calendar for the Annual General Meeting of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources/Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Alumni Association to be held predominantly via Zoom on Thursday, April 22nd at 6 p.m.

Highlights of the meeting will include –
--Report of Director Allen Rutherford, including update on the upcoming replacement of the roof, HVAC, and hooding systems at the RNR Building, necessitating a 6 month relocation of classes, labs, and offices
--Induction of Dr. Fred Bryan and Dr. Bill Herke into the SRNR/FWF Alumni Association Hall of Fame
--Election of Officers

We will also feature an on-line silent auction of selected School of Renewable Natural Resources (SRNR) and LSU memorabilia.

Don't forget to renew your memebership and pay your dues! 2021 Membership Renewal form for download.

Governor's Comission on Greenhouse Gas Emissions includes RNR Faculty

[5 April 2021, The Daily Reveille] Nine LSU researchers joined committees and advisory groups for Gov. John Bel Edwards’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, an executive order signed in August of last year to reduce Louisiana’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

By February 2022, the Task Force will submit a detailed plan to reduce Louisiana greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% by 2025, 40-50% by 2030 and net zero emissions by mid-century.

“Just as we have done with coastal protection and restoration, we are building an inclusive, science-driven process to lead us to solutions to an incredibly complex and difficult problem,” Edwards said in a press release.

The task force is supported by six committees pertaining to sectors of the economy, and four advisory groups focused on science, equity, law and policy and financial and economic concerns.

LSU chemical engineering professor Kalliat Valsaraj is part of the Science Advisory Committee, tasked with assessing the feasibility of scientific recommendations to attain carbon neutrality by 2050.

“It may be challenging to the Louisiana situation because of its reliance on the oil and gas industry, but the prospect of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is certainly possible,” Valsaraj said.

The transition to renewable energy and carbon neutrality is crucial in mitigating the effects of global climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions increase temperatures in the atmosphere and the ocean, leading to sea-level rise, more extreme weather and a host of other devastating effects outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Almost every country joined the United Nations’ Paris Agreement, which aims to limit greenhouse emissions by transitioning economies away from nonrenewable energy, like oil and natural gas, to renewable energy, like solar and wind. President Joe Biden rejoined the United States into the Paris Agreement on his first day in office, undoing the country’s November 2020 withdrawal from the agreement.

Louisiana is fifth among states in total carbon emissions and emissions per-capita, according to 2015-16 U.S. Department of Energy statistics. Much of Louisiana’s emissions come from the production of oil and gas at wells, the use of oil and gas as fuel in refineries and petrochemical manufacturing and from transportation emissions.

>Edwards described Louisiana as the “poster child for climate risk,” during a meeting of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Louisiana’s incidences of extreme weather and already-sinking coastline make the state especially vulnerable to climate-related impacts.

“Coastal erosion and the relocation of vulnerable communities will tax our state resources in the future,” Valsaraj said. “When you superimpose our already costly efforts at coastal restoration, even slight increases in sea level due to global climate changes (and arctic snow melts) will make our efforts even more difficult.”

Other LSU researchers in the science advisory group are petroleum engineering professor Mehdi Zeidouni, agriculture professor Chang Jeong and Richard Keim, a professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. Keim’s research at LSU focuses on the interaction of forests and wetlands with the water cycle, specifically as it pertains to greenhouse gases and climate change.

Richard P. Sivicek makes multiple donations to RNR

Richard P. SivicekRNR Alumnus Richard P. Sivicek (BSF ’69) made several gifts to the School over the last year. Rich has an interesting story: he was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but as a young man, he had a keen interest in forestry and decided to go south, ending up at LSU. Sivicek graduated from RNR (then Forestry) in 1969 with a degree in forestry. While his career went in a different direction, he still considers forestry his passion and has generously decided to give back to the School.

Sivicek has endowed the Richard P. Sivicek Undergraduate Scholarship, the Richard P. Sivicek Graduate Scholarship, and has made a generous contribution to completely refurbishing the RNR computer laboratory. The undergraduate scholarship will be awarded primarily based on the degree of financial need, with preferential consideration to students concentrating in fisheries and aquaculture or wetland science.

Recipients of the graduate scholarship must be full-time graduate students studying fisheries and aquaculture in the School and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Consideration will be given to students pursuing a master’s degree, with financial need as a consideration for selection.

Sivicek’s donation to the computer laboratory will allow for an extensive update of our current infrastructure and will be named in his honor. With this donation, we will be able to reconfigure the laboratory and purchase new state-of-the-art computer equipment.

Sivicek always wanted a master’s degree in fisheries, but between family obligation and the military draft, he never realized his dream but has since focused on helping students achieve their goals. During his career, he worked for Georgia Pacific in Mississippi, worked construction in Chicago, and spent 22 years with the police department in a Chicago suburb. Donations like these greatly enhance our ability to train the next generation of natural resource professionals.

Diane Sustendal Labouisse endows graduate scholarship at SRNR

Diane Sustendal Labouisse photoDucks Unlimited, Inc. has received a gift from Diane Sustendal Labouisse to for the purpose of endowing an annual graduate-level scholarship at the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, to be known as the John Peter Labouisse, III/Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Scholarship.

John Peter Labouisse, III was the longest serving volunteer of the New Orleans Ducks Unlimited Committee. Mr. Labouisse served as a valued member of the DU General Membership, Sponsor and Major Donor committees, and at the time of his death, was recognized as a Life Sponsor of DU with over 40 years of service and contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation efforts.

The amount of the scholarship shall be a minimum of $2,000 per semester, or $4,000 per year. The recipient(s) of this award shall be at least one full-time graduate student in good standing in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. Preference shall be given to students who have volunteered for DU through a collegiate, general membership, or sponsor chapter, and who are pursuing a course of study focused on waterfowl, wetland management, or wetland ecology. Recipients of the scholarship shall be selected by the School of Renewable Natural Resources Scholarship Committee, with approval of the VP of Agriculture.

Tiger Chapter DU Does it Again!

Tiger Chapter of Ducks Unlimited with awardsTiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited honored as National Collegiate Champion!

For the 3rd year in a row, Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited, sponsored by the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, was named National Champion out of over 115 U. S. collegiate Ducks Unlimited chapters.

Tiger Chapter was the 1st collegiate chapter in the U.S. to host a collegiate fundraising event in 1986, and has hosted 1 or more events annually since that time.

Pictured (left) are Tiger Chapter Co-Chair Tucker Ryan, Chair Sophia Abbott, and Co-Chair Brody Lukens. The chapter has over 20 active members, down somewhat do to COVID-19 restrictions. Drs. Luke Laborde and Kevin Ringelman serve as chapter advisors.

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  • Graduate Scholarships Update: Information on Graduate Scholarships has been updated to include recent elegibility requirements, and application deadlines. Additionally, three new offerings have been added: the John Peter Labouisse, III/Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Scholarship, 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)
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