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Cody Juneau, NREM Student

The Laborde Award for Leadership in Renewable Natural Resources is presented annually to a full-time undergraduate student who has completed at least 96 hours of coursework with a GPA ≥ 3.0, and who has demonstrated leadership in student organizations and activities associated SRNR  The 2019 recipient is Miss Jenna Cheramie, Senior in Wildlife Ecology.  Pictured are Dr. Mike Kaller, Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Luke Laborde, Miss Cheramie, and Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of  SRNR. 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 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

This Week in RNR

LSU Coronavirus Updates and Information

  • -- 30 March 2020, Monday: Course scheduling for Fall semester, Summer Intersession, and Wintersession begins, 5:00 p.m.
  • -- 13 April 2020, Monday: Final date for dropping courses, 4:30 p.m., deadline
  • -- 13 April 2020, Monday: Final date for resigning from the University, 4:30 p.m., deadline
  • -- 13 April 2020, Monday: Final date to request rescheduling a final examination when three examinations are scheduled in 24 hour

SRNR Alum Receives NOAA
Administrator’s Award

Ken Riley, SRNR Alum Ken Riley, SRNR (SFWF) graduate (MS, 2002) was recently named as a recipient of the 2019 Administrator's Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The award is the agency's highest honor and is granted by the Under-Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere who serves concurrently as the Administrator of NOAA.

Ken was recognized with three others for “foresight, ingenuity, and hard work developing OceanReports, a web-based geospatial application for analyzing US ocean neighborhoods”.

This is the “first of its kind smart web application that revolutionizes the way ocean data is accessed, analyzed, and visualized for the entire US Exclusive Economic Zone”, and offers powerful new planning process tools for siting, permitting, and environmental review.

Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited repeats as university National Champion!

Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited celebrate award image

Above-Upper: TCDU National Champions! Members of Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited celebrate with the National Championship trophy for 2018.

Above-Lower: TCDU National Champions! Members of Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited celebrate with the National Championship trophy for 2018.

At the Third Term National Leadership Conference last August in Memphis, Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited repeated as All American Chapter and National Champion, 1st of 112 university chapters across the United States for 2018. Tiger Chapter previously won this award in 2017, and is working hard for a trifecta in 2019. Co-chairs of Tiger Chapter were Kay Avery, Senior in Wildlife Ecology, and Gunther Spore, Senior in Finance. Advisors are Drs. Luke Laborde and Kevin Ringelman.

Dr. Laborde Goes "Above and Beyond"

Dr. Luke Laborde, photoIn January, the NAADA presented the Individual Achievement Awardees from the #NAADA19 conference. First up is this year’s recipient of the Above and Beyond Partner AwardDr. Luke Laborde, an instructor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU.

This award is presented to a faculty and/or staff member who has given freely of their time, working outside the realm of their official responsibilities, to further the goals of their institution’s alumni, communications, development or student services programs, and has demonstrated leadership and organizational skills to inspire others to further the success of these programs and the institution. Congratulations, Luke, on this very well deserved award!

The National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) is dedicated to the professional advancement of the individual members and in turn, the institutions they serve. NAADA is comprised of 44 of the nation’s colleges of agriculture and related sciences as well as individuals who are volunteers not only to NAADA, but also to member institutions.

RNR Alumnus Inducted into
LSU Hall of Distinction

Dale Hall, LSU Hall of Distinction photo

Dale Hall, MS Fisheries '75, was honored by the LSU Alumni Association as 2019 Alumnus of the Year, and inducted into the LSU Hall of Distinction. Pictured with Dale at the Lod Cook event are Cliff Vannoy, CEO, LSU Alumni Association, and Beverly Shea, President of the LSU Alumni Association. Rori Smith, background, served as Emcee for the event.

Dale had a 31 year career with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, serving the last four as Director, nominated by President George W. Bush. As CEO of Ducks Unlimited, Dale envisioned and completed a $2 billion capital campaign for wetlands conservation, the largest of its kind in the history of natural resource conservation by a non-governmental entity. In 2018, Dale was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. He is currently retired with wife Sarah, a native of Bunkie, in Collierville, TN.

RNR Students in Mexico: RNR 4062/7029 -
Applied Estuarine Ecology of the Yucatan

The LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, in partnership with Academic Programs Abroad, offered RNR 4062 & 7029 – Applied Estuarine Ecology of the Yucatan – during fall semester 2019.

The class of 1 graduate and 7 upperclassmen RNR students were lead by Drs. Kevin Ringelman, Andy Nyman, and Luke Laborde and traveled to Celestun, Mexico January 3-11, 2020.

Highlights of the trip included sightings of American Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) and 122 additional species of birds, visits to mangrove swamps and mangrove restoration projects, and a visit to the Mayan ruins at Uxmal. The group was hosted by Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (DUMAC) at the John E. Walker Natural Resources and Training Center at Celestun.

A presentation summarizing the trip [downloand PDF], a list of species (primarily birds) that we were able to identify [downloand PDF], and our actual daily schedule for our 7 days in the field [downloand PDF].

Alumni News:
Harvey family honored as 2020 Feliciana Outstanding Forest Landowner

RNR Alumnus Joe Harvey (center right) and family were awarded 2020 Outstanding Forest Landowner by the Feliciana Forestry Association. Pictured (L to R) are Mark Hurst (BSF ‘86; consulting forester on the property), Cherie Harvey (Joe’s wife), Maddie Harvey (daughter), Ann Harvey (mother), Sissy Harvey (sister), and Joe (BSF 2002). Mike Thomas (r; BSF ’89), presented the award for the Association.

The family of RNR alumnus Joe Harvey (BSF 2002) was honored by the Feliciana Forestry Association with the 2020 Outstanding Forest Landowner award. The 850 acre family property, located in West Feliciana parish, was originally purchased by Joe’s great-grandfather and expanded by his grandfather. About 700 acres of it is in pine timberland. Recently, they planted 3 acres of pecans and plan to expand it to 10 acres. Consulting forester Mark Hurst (BSF ’86) helps the family maintain the land with proper thinnings, harvests and prescribed burns. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Feliciana Forestry Association on January 23, 2020, in St. Francisville, with 160 attendees.

Double LSU Grad Sails to Antarctica to Combat Climate Change with Increased Female Leadership in Science

Rachel Villani imageCoastal wetlands field ecologist Rachel Villani of Baton Rouge, Louisiana will be one of 80 women from across the globe with a background in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) to sail to the ends of the Earth in 2020 as part of the international program "Homeward Bound."

“The name ‘Homeward Bound’ has to do with the planet being our home and us trying to keep it that way,” Villani explains. “It’s simple. We have to do everything we can. If not, our climate will change to the point where we cannot exist anymore.”

Rachel has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries and a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology, both from the School of Renewable Natural Resources. For the past 10 years, she’s worked on a project called CRMS (pronounced krims), the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System, with 390 permanent monitoring sites across the Louisiana coast.

[Homeward Bound] aims to connect women scientists both locally and internationally to enhance their opportunity to take up leadership roles globally. To protect the birds and Louisiana’s wetlands, Villani would like to take on a leadership role soon.

For more information on Rachel's participation in this program and how you could be involved, see this article from the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development

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.

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