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Cody Juneau, NREM Student

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. 2 Feb 2018 NREM students spent their spring breaks learning about agriculture, natural resources, and new cultures!  NREM students and Les Voyageurs Kathrine Costanza, Marisa Saladino, McKaila Darden, Madison Sharp, and Brad Frazier (l to r) spent their spring break in Poland. Renewable Natural Resources Assistant Professor Kevin Ringelman takes students on a duck hunting field trip

This Week in RNR

  • 11:30 am, Wednesday, 16 January 2019
    Room 142 RNR, coffee and cookies at 11:20 am
    • Dr. Gary Kendrick
      University of Western Australia
    • Title: Demographic and genetic connectivity: the role and consequences of reproduction, dispersal and recruitment in seagrasses
  • 17 January 2019, Thursday: Final date for dropping courses without receiving a grade of “W,” 4:30 p.m., deadline
  • 18 January 2019, Friday: Final date for adding courses for credit and making section changes, 4:30 p.m., deadline
  • 21 January 2019, Monday: Martin Luther King Day Holiday. No Classes.


LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Graduating Class of Fall 2018

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Two RNR students honored as Udall Scholars

BATON ROUGE – LSU students Jack Green of Lake Charles, La., and Madelyn Smith of Lafayette, La.(junior majoring in natural resource ecology and management), have recently been named 2018 Udall Scholars in the environment category. McKaila Darden of Charenton, La. (a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource ecology and management with a minor in forestry), has received an Honorable Mention in tribal policy. This is the first time an LSU student has been recognized two years in a row, as Smith was selected as a Udall Scholar in 2017. This is also the first time more than one Udall Scholar has been selected from LSU in the same year.

“We send our congratulations to these students for being recognized nationally by the Udall Foundation for their leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or the environment,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “These three students are actively involved on campus and display stellar academic and research achievements. We are excited to see where they go in the future.”

For more information: Two LSU Students Named 2018 Udall Scholars, One Receives Honorable Mention

LSU 2019 Hall of Distinction: Alumnus of the Year Named

H. Dale Hall, 2019 LSU Alumnus of the Year BATON ROUGE – H. Dale Hall, chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited Inc., was named the 2019 LSU Alumnus of the Year, and Wendy McMahon, president of ABC Owned Television Stations Group, is LSU Young Alumna of the Year.

They will be inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction on Friday, April 5, 2019, along with Gregory M. Bowser, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, Baton Rouge; retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy, former commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command and a member of the NASA Advisory Council, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and architect A. Hays Town, founding owner of Town Construction, Baton Rouge.

“The LSU Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and the university through their careers, their personal and civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities and their loyalty to their alma mater,” said Cliff Vannoy, association president and CEO. “These individuals have excelled in all of these areas and exemplify the essence of a true Tiger.”

Hall, of Charlotte, N.C., joined Ducks Unlimited in 2010 after 31 years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which he served as director from 2005-09. He serves on the boards of numerous conservation organizations and has received many honors recognizing his achievements, the most recent being his induction into the LSU School of Renewable Resources Hall of Fame as Alumnus of the Year in Spring 2018. Hall earned a master’s degree in fisheries management from LSU in 1979. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from Cumberland College in Kentucky.

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Researchers discuss implications of roseau cane die-off at summit

Dr. Andy Nyman(12/17/18)BATON ROUGE, La. — Scientists recently discussed ways to overcome the problem of roseau cane die-offs in the marsh of coastal Louisiana.

The Dec. 10 meeting featured researchers from the LSU AgCenter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Roseau cane, a reed that is critical to reducing coastal erosion, has been suffering widespread die-offs in the Mississippi River Delta.

Researchers suspect multiple stressors are affecting the health of the roseau cane, which is considered vital to the longevity of the fragile marsh. Roseau cane die-offs could mean the loss of large swaths of marsh because the vegetation’s roots hold the fragile wetlands soil and protect inland areas from storm damage, said AgCenter entomologist Rodrigo Diaz.

Since its detection in the fall of 2016, the roseau cane scale was seen as a potential culprit due to the sheer numbers found in each cane stem.

“For the past two years, we have been interested in documenting the densities of the scale to determine the change in roseau cane populations,” Diaz said. “We have been conducting surveys to determine numbers.”

Diaz said he is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to develop satellite imagery to measure the amount of damage the die-off has caused.

Spring Alumni Event -
Save the Date

The School of Renewable Natural Resources/Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture Alumni Association are hosting the first event of the spring semester on Saturday, February 2nd. We will meet at The Water Campus from 10 AM to 12 PM, and then move over to nearby Louisiana Cane Land Distilling Company from 12 PM to 2 PM.

The Water Campus (just south of the I-10 bridge) 110 Terrace Avenue, 10 AM - 12 PM.
Louisiana Cane Land Distilling Co. 760 St. Phillip Street, 12 PM-2 PM

The program at The Water Campus will include a tour of the Mississippi River Model, and an update on the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. We have the option of going on the balcony overlooking the river at The Estuary, if the weather permits.

At Cane Land, we will tour the distillery and participate in sampling various rums distilled on site. Additional drinks are available via cash bar. Box lunch sandwich selections will be provided by Maxwell’s Market.

Cost of the program including box lunch and sampling is $20 per person. We have maximum capacity for 45. Please let me know if you are planning to attend!

Catie Barry
Administrative Coordinator
LSU SRNR/FWF Alumni Association
email: cbarry8[at]lsu.edu

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  • Graduate Scholarships Update: nformation 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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