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Featured Tiger:
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. Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources, updates alumni on undergraduate and graduate enrollment, new faculty, and research activities. Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources, updates alumni on undergraduate and graduate enrollment, new faculty, and research activities. President Will deGravelles, BSF 2007, welcomes members to the Annual General Meeting of the School of Renewable Natural Resources/Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Alumni Association. A silent auction provided opportunities for alumni to support the School. The house was packed for the 2018 annual general meeting of the SRNR/FWF Alumni Association. Dr. Allen Rutherford and President Will deGravelles induct H. Dale Hall, MS Fisheries 1075, into the Hall of Fame of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources.  Dale Hall, retired Director of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and CEO of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., addresses the alumni association following his induction into the SRNR Hall of Fame.

This Week in RNR

  • -- Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 12:30pm, Holiday begins
  • -- Monday, 26 November 2018, 7:30am, classes resume

Conservationists Worry Over Airport Plan in Wildlife Refuge

A plan to build an airport in a Louisiana wildlife refuge has shocked conservationists who say it could harm important bird habitat on a coastline disappearing under encroaching Gulf of Mexico waters.

US News and World Report provides an interview with RNR Alum Dr. Erik Johnson, and RNR Faculty member Dr. Phil Stouffer, on the impacts of building an airport on Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge.

Marsh prescribed burning
certification class offered

09/20/18) LAFAYETTE, La. — A marsh prescribed burning certification class will be held Oct. 23 at the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Center in Lafayette.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the class starts at 9. It is expected to end at 1:30 p.m. The Wetlands Center is located at 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette.

This is an opportunity for marsh landowners, marshland managers and those who lease marshland for waterfowl, alligators or other uses to learn how to properly conduct a prescribed burn, said Mark Shirley, coastal resources specialist with the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.

Researchers collaborate to determine Roseau cane die-off cause

(10/05/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU AgCenter researchers along with scientists from multiple agencies are collaborating to investigate the decline in health of Roseau cane or Phragmites, a vital marsh grass in the lower Mississippi River Delta.

Earlier this year, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Agricultural Research Service to work with stakeholders to develop a pest management program for control of the Roseau cane scale infestation in the delta.

This additional funding allowed research efforts to expand into plant pathogens, soil health, and plant and insect genetics. With support from the Louisiana Legislature, AgCenter coastal ecologist Andy Nyman will use remote sensing to measure Roseau cane health in the marsh, and Ehab Meselhe, vice president for engineering with the Water Institute of the Gulf, will model the potential impact of die-offs on navigation dredging in the lower delta.

Nyman said his goal is to determine when Roseau cane first began to die off and how much of it has died and not replaced itself.

Nyman will conduct field work in the marsh to accurately verify what is out there. He will also use satellite imagery taken over time that provides a normalized different vegetation index. This index helps the researchers determine if green vegetation is in the area and can show if die-offs happen over time.

RNR Faculty Leads Waterfowl Breeding Ecology & Management Graduate Student Field Course

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Inaugural Award: Laborde Endowed Scholarship for Leadership in Renewable Natural Resources

LSU Alumni Association Laborde Award inaugural recipients Pictured are Tracy Jones, scholarship coordinator for the LSU Alumni Association, Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources, Colette Pansini, Senior in Wildlife Ecology, Anna West, Senior in Wildlife Ecology, and Luke and Sonja Laborde, scholarship donors.

RNR Student Honored with
First Barton Scholarship

Cassandra Skaggs, Barton Scholarship winner

Scholarship recipient Cassandra Skaggs (front) with from left, Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation Executive Director Kell McInnis, LSU Alumni Association Presedent Cliff Vannoy, John Barton, Jr., Association Vice President Tracy Jones, and School of Renewable Natural Resources Instructor, Luke Laborde.

Cassandra Skaggs, a graduate research assistant in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, was awarded the first John W. Barton, Sr. College of Agriculture Wildlife Scholarship in March.

Research Matters - Spring 2018

Resesarch Matters

The Spring 2018 edition of Research Matters is now available. Download your copy and catch-up on happenings in School of Renewable Natural Resources.

  • Highlights of ongoing student and faculty research projects
  • RNR Scientists Investigate Factors to Guide Nesting Island Restoration
  • RNR Welcomes New Wildlife Extension Specialist: Dr. Ashley M. Long
  • New Instructor welcomed to RNR: Dr. Chris Reid
  • What is happening in the classroom: Hands-on experience for students
  • International travel experiences for Students
  • Tiger Chapter Ducks Unlimited raises $100,000
  • 2017-2018 Student Scholarships awarded
  • Graduate Student news

-- Quick News --

  • USEFUL LINK: Writing a Personal Essay for Graduate School:
    Tips and Advice for Standing Out as a Graduate Program Candidate
  • 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)
  • 2nd Quarter Timber Tales is now avialable. Information and link on our Extension News page
  • 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
  • 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

    Get all the details of this story on our Student News page.

    Study Abroad in Swaziland

    Get all the details of this story on our Student News page.

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