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Cody Juneau, NREM Student

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. 2 Feb 2018 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

Special Seminar

  • WHAT: Remote presentation sponsored by The American Institute of Biological Sciences titled “Science-based species conservation: will changes to the Endangered Species Act worsen the biodiversity crisis?”

  • WHEN: 1–2 pm on Tuesday, September 17

  • WHERE: RNR 225

  • DESCRIPTION: On August 27, 2019, the Trump Administration published three new Endangered Species Act regulations that are expected to curb protections and require economic impact analyses for listing decisions.

Join us in RNR 225 at 1pm on Tuesday, September 17 to learn more about the new policies and hear how expert panelists think the regulations may impact species conservation in the U.S.

This Week in RNR

    11:30 am - 12:20 pm, Wednesday, 25 Sept 2019
    Room 142 RNR. Come early! Coffee and cookies at 11:20 am

  • Amie Settlecowski
    Ph.D. Student
    School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU

  • Title: Natural history collections and citizen science data confirm rapid shifts in the distribution of Bachman’s Sparrow over the last century

  • --17 October Thursday: Fall Holiday begins, 7:30 a.m.
  • --20 October, Sunday: Course scheduling for spring semester, Spring Intersession and summer term begins, 5:00 p.m
  • --21 October, Monday: Classes resume, 7:30 a.m
  • --22 October, Tuesday: Mid-semester grades due, 9:00 a.m., deadline
  • --8 November, Friday: Final date for dropping courses, 4:30 p.m., deadline

The Mississippi River Is Under Control—For Now

Dr. Yijun Xu was quoted in a recent issue of Time Magazine on the Mississippi River. Check it out!

Dr. Taylor Named AOS Fellow

At the recent American Ornithological Society (AOS) annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska Dr. Sabrina Taylor was named as an AOS Fellow. AOS Fellows are selected because of their exceptional and sustained contributions to ornithology and/or service to the society. Join us in congratulating Dr. Taylor!

TEDxLSU: Dr. Reagan Errera

Our own Dr. Reagan Errera (now with NOAA) recently did a TEDxLSU entitled "Why We Should Pay More Attention to Phytoplankton?" ENJOY!   [LINK]

What is barely visible to the unaided eye, helps create a large share of the world’s oxygen, but also has the power to disrupt aquatic food webs and have devastating effects on the natural and human world? Phytoplankton are the worlds tiny responders, helping and hurting environments as they interact with elements surrounding them. In this talk, phytoplankton ecologist Reagan Errera shows why the tiny single-celled life forms deserve a little more respect. In research ecologist Reagan Errera’s opinion, phytoplankton, the microscopic algae and other organisms floating in unfathomable numbers throughout the world’s oceans, don’t get the proper respect they deserve. In reality, these tiny single-celled life forms are just as important as trees, cleaning the air we breathe and impacting the global climate in profound ways.

A native of Florida, Reagan developed a fascination for algae blooms as an undergraduate studying abroad at the University of Queensland in Australia. She continued her passion for ocean science at Texas A&M, earning a master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and her PhD in Oceanography. Today she is a research ecologist with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, researching phytoplankton ecology with a special focus on global climate change and harmful algal species that produce a variety of toxins. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community

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

Of Interest

  1. The current issue (Spring 2019) of Research Matters has been posted. Research Matters is an annual overview of the research highlights and activities of the faculty and students of the School of Renewable Natural Resources. It is a great way to stay informed about the the great things happening in RNR.

  2. The 62nd Annual Southern Forestry Conclave 2019 was hosted this year by the School of Renewable Natural Resources and the Student Chapter of SAF. Photos from the event (all ~1100 of them) are posted to our special Gallery pages. Start the slideshow on Page 1 or Page 2.

LFPDC Student Awarded Scholarship

Mason LeBlanc Mason LeBlanc, a Master's degree student working with Dr. Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, has been awarded a Composite Panel Association Foundation scholarship, in memory of Robert E. Dougherty.

The Foundation reviewed thirty-three applicants for the 2019 Scholarship Program. Four scholarships were awarded to students based on recommendations from the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.

Mason has also been awarded a Forest Products Society Scholarship to attend the Forest Products Society International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia in June.

Forest Products Society 2019
Award Winners Announced

LaGrange, GA – May 08, 2019 – The Forest Products Society (FPS), a global network for forest products professionals, announces the winners of its 2019 Annual Excellence Awards. The awards will be presented on June 27, 2019 during a luncheon at the 73rd FPS International Convention (IC) in Atlanta, GA, USA. The winners are:

Richard Vlosky, Ph.D. - Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award

Dr. Richard VloskyThe prestigious Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award, named for the first President of the Society, recognizes exceptional service to FPS by an individual member. The 2019 Gottschalk Award winner, Dr. Richard Vlosky, has exhibited consistent commitment in serving the Forest Products Society since becoming a member 27 years ago. He has been involved in a number of strategic leadership roles at the National and Section levels.

Vlosky’s activities have strengthened FPS through the common goal of advancing wood through science, technology and most importantly active communication of wood’s wonderful characteristics. He has proven to be a strong ambassador for forestry products and fostering the goals of FPS and aligning with FPS’s mission.

Vlosky previously served as FPS President in 2016 after being President-Elect (2015) and Vice President (2014). He is currently the chair of the 2019 International Nominating Committee, chair of the Mid-South Section Communications Committee and a member of the FPS National Communications Team.

New RNR Graduate Recieves 2019 Wood Award

Ju Dong, PhD receives 2019 Wood Award from the Forest Products SocietyJu Dong (left), a PhD student under Dr. Qinglin Wu in Forest Products, won the 2019 first place Wood Award given by Forest Products Society.

The Wood Award recognizes the most outstanding graduate student research conducted in the field of wood and wood products. Wood Award papers describe original research on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, harvesting and forest operations, product development and manufacture, fundamental properties, end-use applications, and distribution and marketing.

His winning paper is entitled: 3D Printed Conductive Polycaprolactone Composites Integrated with Carbonized Cellulose Nanofibers: toward the Applications for Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding and Deformation Sensing.

Ju graduated on May 10, 2019 with a PhD in Renewable Natural Resources. Congratulations to Dr. Ju Dong!

Xi Sigma Pi Honor Society Member Wins Regional Award

Cameron ToernerCongratulations to Cameron Toerner who won the 2019 Scholarship for the West Central Region, given by Xi Sigma Pi, a national forestry honor society.

The School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU has been able to maintain an impressive record, winning half of the awards in recent years in a region that comprises eight universities. Mason Leblanc won this award last year.

RNR Student to Receive 2019 Goldwater Scholarship

Katie Davis, 2019 Goldwater Scholarship winner

BATON ROUGE — Three Louisiana State University students have been chosen as recipients of prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. The premier award recognizes top-performing undergraduate students of STEM disciplines.

“We congratulate Katie Davis, Jackson Green and Syed Akbar Zamin on being awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “These three students join a long line of Goldwater scholars from LSU, and we can’t wait to see what else they will accomplish in their academic and research careers.”

Katie Davis, of Frisco, Texas, is an Ogden Honors College junior Stamps Scholar studying wildlife ecology in the LSU College of Agriculture (School of Renewable Natural Resources) and Spanish in the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Under the direction of Dr. Sabrina Taylor, Davis is investigating an anecdotally reported range expansion and contraction of the species Bachman's Sparrow in the early 20thcentury and comparing it to studies of the Field Sparrow. This research may inform the habitat needs of Bachman's Sparrow, a near-threatened species, and contribute to a further understanding of how genetically based variation in personality relates to species distribution. After graduation, Davis plans to pursue a PhD in Conservation Biology.

Dr. Stouffer to Recieve
National Honors

Dr. Phil Stouffer to receive AOS Honors

Phil Stouffer, the LSU School of Renewable and Natural Resources Lee F. Mason Professor of Conservation Biology, will receive the 2019 Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award from the American Ornithological Society, or AOS. This award is given to a senior ornithologist, who has provided extraordinary service to AOS. Stouffer will receive this award at the annual AOS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, in June along with Mark Hauber, the Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. They are the second recipients of the Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award.

“I’m honored to be recognized by my colleagues in ornithology. Sharing this award with my good friend Mark Hauber reflects not just the work we did together, but also the contributions of everyone involved in our publications,” Stouffer said.

LSU AgCenter awards first cannabis-related research funds

Dr. Chris Green is awareded first cannabis-related research funds

LSU AgCenter researcher Chris Green examines zebrafish that are being used to study the effects of medical cannabis in the treatment of epilepsy. The fish are used because their size reduces the cost of the research, and they have the same receptors in their brains that people do. Photo by Johnny Morgan/LSU AgCenter

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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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