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Cody Juneau, NREM Student

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 Colette Pansini (left), Senior in Wildlife Ecology, and Anna West (right), Senior in Wildlife Ecology are awarded the inaugural Laborde Award for Leadership in Renewable Natural Resources through the LSU Alumni Association.  RNR undergraduate, Jazmyn Bernard, holding a yellow rail, on a field exercise with RNR 3018 at Rockefellar Refuge. Renewable Natural Resources Assistant Professor Kevin Ringelman takes students on a duck hunting field trip Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society meeting in Galveston, TX, January 24-27, 2019.  Attending and presenting were Erin Thayer and Pat Shorter. Also, attending were Dr. Mike Kaller, Amber Monlezun, and Melanie Holton.  Pat Shorter won the Best Student Presentation award during the meeting. The LSU RNR-FWF & COA Alumni Association visit the River Campus to see the Mississippi River Model, and get an update on the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.  2 Feb 2019 2019 Spring Camp, Lee Memorial Forest - With Dr. Tom Dean The LSU RNR-FWF & COA Alumni Association also visit Louisiana Cane Land Distilling as part of the tour of The Water Campus 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. Spring 2019 Graduating class of the School of Renewable Natural Resources

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Advances in Sustainable Stand Mangement

Professor Thomas J. Dean contributed a chapter to a recently published book entitled, Achieving Sustainable Management of Boreal and Temperature Forests. The chapter titled, “Advances in stand management and regeneration” is available in PDF from the Dr. Dean.

From the Introduction: “ … the chapter focuses on advance in stand management and regeneration. Multiaged forests are thought to have the redundant structure to withstand changing disturbance regimes expected with future climate scenarios. The chapter describes methods for deciding how to control stand density multiaged silviculture at the stand level and the individual tree level, as well as providing an analysis of current density management principles. It also examines stand regeneration and the resilience and recovery of multiaged forests.”

The complete table of contnets for "Achieving sustainable management of boreal and temperate forests" is available HERE

RNR Student Researching Tiger Genetics

Alessandra Bresnan

LEFT: Alessandra Bresnan, LSU graduate student in the College of Agriculture School of Renewable Natural Resources, is studying conservation genetics of tigers. Her research is funded by LSU through its role with the Tigers United University Consortium. Photo provided by Bresnan

(01/08/20) Baton Rouge, La. — Ask any LSU football fan what makes up a tiger and answers might include passion, determination and hard work. But one LSU student is conducting research on what truly makes up a tiger.

Alessandra Bresnan, a graduate student in the College of Agriculture School of Renewable Natural Resources, is studying conservation genetics of captive and wild tigers with the hopes of bringing awareness to their plight.

Bresnan’s research is funded by LSU through its role with the Tigers United University Consortium, which also includes Auburn University, Clemson University and the University of Missouri, all of which have tiger mascots. The universities have joined forces and are committed to saving wild tigers worldwide.

With LSU facing Clemson in the College Football National Championship, both universities are raising money for tigers — LSU with the Tiger Conservation Fund.

“Since the start of the last century, the world has lost 97 percent of its tigers,” Bresnan said.

More tigers live in captivity than in the wild, with fewer than 3,900 tigers in the wild. While the exact number of captive tigers in the U.S. is unknown, it is estimated at 5,000 to 10,000. Bresnan said only a small population of the captive tigers is managed through species survival plans in accredited zoos.

2019 Laborde Award for Leaderrship

Jenna Cheramie, 2019 Recipient of Laborde Award for Leadership photoJenna Cheramie, a senior in Wildlife Ecology at the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, is the 2019 recipient of the Laborde Award for Leadership. This scholarship is presented annually to a senior in RNR who has demonstrated leadership in student organizations while maintaining a record of academic excellence.

Pictured (L to R): Dr. Michael Kaller, Scholarship Committee Chair; Dr. Luke Laborde, donor; Miss Jenna Cheramie, and Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources (in holiday attire)!

image, Dr. Sabrina Taylor


Dr. Sabrina Taylor, associate professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources was recognized at the LSU AgCenter, College of Agriculture award ceremony in December.

Dr. Taylor received the 2019 Sedberry Award for Outstanding Graduate Teacher. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Louisiana Agriculture Magazine Article of the Year award for “The Seaside Sparrow and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.”

Louisiana Agruculture Magazine
Spring 2019

Louisiana Agriculture Magazine, Spring 2019

The spring 2019 issue of Louisiana Agriculture focuses on the “birds and the bees” and the importance of reproduction and breeding to the success and profitability of our agriculture industry. LSU AgCenter scientists are dedicated to finding ways to not only improve plants and animals on the farm but also in nature to enhance and sustain our environment. See below for links to the articles. If you would like to subscribe to the print copy, or if you have any questions, or if you want to unsubscribe from this list, please contact the editor, Linda Benedict. The LSU AgCenter is here to serve you.

Highlights - Articles by several RNR faculty mmbers and students:

The “Birds and the Bees” and Agriculture
Christopher Green
This issue of Louisiana Agriculture focuses on the essence of agriculture, which is the ability to harness reproduction of plants and animals.
Seaside Sparrows and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Sabrina S. Taylor
The Seaside Sparrow is a good indicator species for the effects of disturbances, such as oil spills and hurricanes, along the Gulf of Mexico.
White-tailed Deer Reproduction: How fawns are made
Glen T. Gentry Jr.
LSU AgCenter research on the white-tailed deer has provided a wealth of information to improve understanding of the deer breeding season.
Mottled Duck Breeding Ecology in Southwest Louisiana
Lizzi Bonczek and Kevin Ringelman
The mottled duck is a unique nonmigratory duck found only along the western Gulf of Mexico coast and peninsular Florida.
Asian Carps Are Here to Stay
William E. Kelso
Sometimes reproduction goes awry as is the case with Asian carps. They were introduced to control parasites in catfish, and now they are taking over.
Improving Reproduction for Reliable Marine Bait
Christopher Gree
LSU AgCenter scientists are working to provide Louisiana coastal anglers with a cost-effective source of marine baitfish.
College of Agriculture News for Spring 2019
Tobie Blanchard
Forestry students get the chance to compete regionally and to network; six ag graduates become University medalists; alumnus tells of opportunities in digital agriculture; annual college awards

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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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