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Vitek Jirinec (right), in Brazil. with  <em>Pseustes sulphureus</em>, commonly known as the yellow-bellied puffing snake, is a species of snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to South America. Dr. Phil Stouffer is Vitek's major professor. Congratulations to Madelyn Smith (B.S. in Natural Resources Ecology and Management) She was recently selected as Outstanding Junior for all of LSU by the LSU Chapter of The Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  Madelyn is pictured in center with Dr. Regina Leingang (left) and Dr. Mike Kaller (right) representing Phi Kappa Phi. Jack Montoucet, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, speaks to faculty and students in a visit to RNR A joint field trip for ENTM/RNR 7030 and ENTM 4005 to the Feliciana Preserve to collect aquatic insects. [Photo courtesy of Dr. Mike Kaller] Wetlands expert Andy Nyman (Professor, RNR) shows off the root system of healthy bull tongue as George Howard, CEO of Restoration Systems shows off a "mitigation bank" near Jesuit Bend, Thursday, June 29, 2017. photo:  NOLA.com, This Week in Pictures, 14 July 2017 NREM student-athlete Jesse Stallings hosted faculty member Mike Kaller for the LSU-Alabama baseball game through the Faculty Guest Coach program Underwater wonders.  Mozambique:  2016 Local wildlife, up-close and personal. RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Always on the lookout.  RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Even out in the field, there is data analysis. RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 LSU represents! RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Doing science. RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 It is all A-OK in the underwater environment.  RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Testing the ability to recognize size underwater.  RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Sunset silhouette in Mozambique. RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Underwater LSU in Mozambique! With Dr. Reagan Errera, Bryce Loschen, Kathleen Rodick, Sydney Cottingham, William Jackson, Courtney Murr, Zach Stratton, Scott Graham, and Olivia Lewis.

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    ACADEMIC CALENDAR: Important Dates
  • 21 August, Monday Classes Begin, 7:30 am
  • 29 August, Tuesday: Final date for dropping courses without receiving a grade of “W,” 4:30 p.m., deadline
  • 30 August, Wednesday Final date for adding courses for credit and making section changes, 4:30 p.m., deadline

  • For other important dates and deadlines: 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Dr. Terry Tiersch named to National Genetic Resources Advisory Council

Dr. Terrence TierschDr. Terrence Tiersch, Professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, and Director of the Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center, has been appointed to a 2-year term on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council formulates recommendations on actions and policies for the collection, maintenance, and utilization of genetic resources; makes recommendations for coordination of genetic resources plans of several domestic and international organizations, and advises the Secretary of Agriculture and the Director of the National Genetic Resources Program of new and innovative approaches for conservation of genetic resources.

More recently, the Council was charged with advising the U.S. Department of Agriculture on ways to ensure that the National Genetic Resources Program serves the needs of all farmers for high quality and diverse germplasm, as well as how to develop a broad strategy for maintaining biodiversity available to agriculture, and strengthening public sector breeding capacities.

Tiersch is the first aquatic species scientist to serve on the Council.

Bioenergy Insight Conference 2017: Q&A session with LFPDCs Richard Vlosky

The Bioenergy Insight Conference, a world-leading bioenergy event, will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 4 and 5 October 2017, covering the whole bioenergy supply chain. The show will focus on all the new developments and the latest challenges. Topics covered in the seminars include the global biomass market, financing bioenergy projects, and ensuring sustainability at scale.

Dr. Richard Vlosky, Professor and Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center will be a major speaker at this event. As a prelude to this event, Dr. Vlosky introduces the topic of Bioenery, economics, and industry trends in a Q&A featured in the most recent Bioenergy Insight news bulletin.

His talk at the conference will be entitled: Update on the wood-based bioenergy sector in North America. Registration information is available on the Bioenergy Insight 2017 Conference and Expo site.

LSU students participate in
marine research in Mozambique

[Left] LSU at Praia do Tofo, Mozambique. From left, assistant professor Reagan Errera and students Kathleen Rodick, Sydney Cottingham, Zach Stratton, Bryce Loschen, Olivia Lewis, Scott Graham, Courtney Murr, William Jackson, Katy Murry. The students participated in a Coastal African Field Studies class from May 8-June 4. Photo provided by Reagan Errera

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(07/05/17) BATON ROUGE, La. — Nine LSU students journeyed to Mozambique in May to conduct marine research in the small coastal village of Praia do Tofo and in their month-long stay had encounters with whale sharks that one student described as almost spiritual.

“I was swimming eye to eye with it,” said Sydney Cottingham, a senior from Bowling Green, Kentucky, studying natural resource ecology and management in the LSU College of Agriculture. “It was breathtaking and humbling to be so close to something that majestic.”

Reagan Errera, assistant professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, led the field studies class. The group collaborated with researchers with All Out Africa, a nonprofit organization that implements social and conservation projects.

Errera is working with All Out Africa to conduct research on various species of phytoplankton, the microscopic plants of the ocean, in the area. Her main research focuses on identifying seasonal trends and the spatial extent of the neurotoxin domoic acid.

By identifying seasonal trends, she hopes to determine if human and wildlife health might be at risk. She said shellfish and finfish can accumulate domoic acid, leading to amnesiac shellfish poisoning.

RNR with Governor's School of Agriculture

Dr. Luke Laborde of the School of Renewable Natural Resources led the Governor's School for Agricultural Sciences for an overnight field trip at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge.

The Governor's School brings to campus 15 high school juniors intending to major in agricultural sciences. Counselors to the program included RNR students Amanda Benge, Jazmyn Bernard, and Josef Schuster. The visit was hosted by LDWF refuge staff Gabe Giffin, Katie Barnes, and Phillip Trosclair.

Forest Product Society International Conference

Check out the Dr. Vlosky’s interview at the recent 71st annual Forest Product Society International Conference held at Mississippi State University [June 26, 2017].

Dr. Vlosky, the Director of the the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, is the current Society president.

Traditional Graduate Fellows Grant Awarded

RNR Faculty member, Dr. Sabrina Taylor, recently received a Traditional Graduate Fellows Grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to increase the quality and diversity of graduate students entering the School’s Graduate Program.

Any RNR faculty member who provided information for the proposal can nominate a student for this fellowship. One PhD student will be selected by a committee to receive $30,000/year and a tuition waiver for four years. Nominated students with high GPAs & GREs, research experience, good letters for reference, and who increase the School’s diversity will be considered highly competitive.

The fellowship will begin in the Fall 2018 semester. Dr. Taylor will make every effort to extend this funding by submitting grant proposals in subsequent years.

Research Matters - Spring 2017

Resesarch Matters

The Spring 2017 edition of Research Matters is now available. Download your copy and catch-up on happenings in School of Renewable Natural Resources.

TOPICS INCLUDE:
  • Highlights of ongoing student and faculty research projects
  • Recollections of experiences during the August 2016 Flood
  • What is happening in the classroom: Hands-on experience for students
  • Six NREM Degree Programs Receive Accreditation from the Society of American Foresters
  • International travel experiences for Students
  • Graduate Student news
  • Faculty Highlights

-- Quick News --

  • See additional coverage of the Coastal Africa Field Studies' class trip to Mozambique in A Field Trip to Mozambique - Similar latitudes, worlds apart...a story in Country Roads, 24 July, 2017
  • 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
  • 1st Quarter 2017 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions page.
  • 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
  • WEBSITE UPDATE: Links to the LSU Graduate School website have been updated. If you still find a broken link, let us know. Thanks. rnrweb@lsu.edu
  • The Student Chapter of Society of American Foresters (SAF) has a way to keep you informed, share their news and events, and keep in touch: They have a Facebook page. LIKE their page, and keep up with all the latest! Support your local (student) Foresters!
  • RNR 4061: Marine Field Techniques in Mozambique, Africa - 2016


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