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RNR Undergraduate student, Sydney Cottingham placed 9th at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHAS) National Championship. Congrats to Sydney and the LSU Equestrian Team! Students in RNR 4011 - Wildlife Management Techniques -  learn how to band wood ducks, fall semester 2015 Students in RNR 4011 - Wildlife Management Techniques -  learn how to band wood ducks, fall semester 2015 Students in RNR 4011 - Wildlife Management Techniques -  learn how to band wood ducks, fall semester 2015 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] A joint field trip for ENTM/RNR 7030 and ENTM 4005 to the Feliciana Preserve to collect aquatic insects. [Photo courtesy of the  Louisiana State Arthropod Museum] The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association honored alumni, students and faculty at a ceremony April 8. Left to right are Luke Laborde, alumni association president and RNR Faculty member; Barbara Hughes Favre, daughter of Jeff Hughes (BSF, 1949), Outstanding Alumnus.  Travel to Mozambique: RNR 4061 Students get their open water Dive Cerificates Mozambique: RNR 4061 student Brandy Malbrough heads down to complete dive skills Mozambique:  RNR 4061 Students talk science as they learn about community-based aquaculture and techiques in marine data collection NREM student-athlete Jesse Stallings hosted faculty member Mike Kaller for the LSU-Alabama baseball game through the Faculty Guest Coach program Students from RNR 3018 on field trip to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge during Spring 2016.  Students with baby alligators from the research pens RNR 3018 Students at Rockfellar Wildlife Refuge, Spring 2016. Students tallied approximately 70 species. RNR 4061 in Mozmabique: Underwater wonders RNR 4061 in Mozambique: Sunrise over the Indian Ocean

RNR Research Invention Stops Leaks in Deepwater Wells

Dr. Qinglin Wu and TigerBullets (07/19/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – A leading oilfield services company has used an LSU AgCenter invention to help stop fluid from leaking while drilling two deepwater wells off the coast of Vietnam.

TigerBullets – a product created by Qinglin Wu, a professor in the AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources – was used in the drilling expedition that Schlumberger Limited began in August 2015. TigerBullets are owned by the AgCenter and licensed to Hole Pluggers, LLC.

TigerBullets are made from plastics, wood scraps, minerals and other additives that are pressed into pellets that stop lost circulation, a major and costly problem when drilling oil wells. Lost circulation refers to the leakage of drilling fluid through cracks in the well. (Photo courtesy of LSU AgCenter)

Lost circulation is typically addressed by pumping material into the well to fill any cracks. When TigerBullets are used, they absorb water and expand, locking them into the fracture to cut off any leaks.

All materials used in TigerBullets are recycled, biodegradable, partially acid-soluble and non-toxic.

--by Olivia McClure. [permalink to AgCenter ariticle]

Director of LFPDC Installed as
President of Forest Products Society

Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, LSU AgCenter, was installed as President of the Forest Products Society at the Society’s 70th International Convention in Portland, Oregon on June 29, 2016. The Forest Products Society, the largest international not-for-profit technical association, was founded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forest products industry.

RNR Grads Featured in Audubon Magazine

The international conservation work of three RNR graduates was featured on the cover of the Summer 2016 Audubon magazine. Jared Wolfe and Luke Powell (former students of Dr. Phil Stouffer), and Kristin Brzeski (former student of Dr. Sabrina Taylor)are doing collaborative research and expeditionary work in the small central African country of Equatorial Guinea – (according to Jared) arguably the country least known to science. The feature article, with "amazing photos" is availabe here. A recent LSU Biology undergraduate, Jacob Cooper, is also using his experiences in undergraduate research programs to contribute to the study.

Waterfowl research returns Ringelman
to his roots

(07/08/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Kevin Ringelman developed his interest in waterfowl on the plains of Bismarck, North Dakota. Ringelman, an assistant professor and waterfowl ecologist with the LSU College of Agriculture, grew up hunting and learning about ducks in that region.

Right: Assistant professor and waterfowl ecologist Kevin Ringelman, left, with his Ecology and Management of Southeastern Wildlife class in Alexander State Forest in Woodworth, Louisiana. Ringelman enjoys taking his students out in the field. (Photo provided by Kevin Ringelman)

“My dad spent his entire career working with waterfowl, so it was a natural fit for me,” Ringelman said.

Ringelman received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from the University of California at Davis. He joined the LSU College of Agriculture faculty in August 2014.

Ringelman’s research has him returning to his roots while also learning more about waterfowl wintering in Louisiana. “My research is split between issues in Louisiana and breeding grounds in North Dakota,” he said. One of Ringelman’s graduate students is in North Dakota, working on a project to study how fracking in that region is affecting breeding, nesting and duckling survival. Another student is studying lesser scaup diving ducks on Lake Pontchartrain.

Ringelman said the fracking activity in North Dakota may have affected waterfowl in several ways. “They may find quieter places to nest, so we may see fewer pairs. But the fracking may be affecting predators, so nesting success could be higher,” Ringelman said. The effects of fracking could lead to lower duckling survival because brine contamination in wetlands could kill the insects that ducklings eat, affecting their food supply, Ringelman said.

Ringelman also plans to have a doctoral student lead a mottled duck study at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish. They will use radio telemetry to study adult survival during the breeding season.

Being in Louisiana affords Ringelman many research opportunities. “There is no better place than Louisiana to study waterfowl,” he said. Louisiana is an important wintering area for waterfowl, and Ringelman can find other scientists here to collaborate with. He also said Louisiana’s duck-hunting community has been supportive of his research and teaching efforts.

Dr. Bill Kelso:
Graduate School Headliner

Dr. Bill Kelso, Faculty Focus

Dr. Bill Kelso is one of the subjects of the the Faculty Focus for the month of June in the LSU Graduate School Newsletter (volume 5). Click the image above for a PDF of Dr. Kelso's profile. The most current newsletter is available from the Graduate School Home page.

Good News on Zhen--

UPDATE on Zhen: [17 May 2016] Thank you very much for all your help! Zhen is going home today! He still needs time to be fully recovered, but this is already a miracle! The GoFUNDMe account is still open. Any help would still be greatly appreciated!

Zhen Xu

Zhen Xu, a PhD student in Dr. Jun Xu's lab was the victim of a serious car accident on Sunday, 6 March 2016. A drunk driver driver, going the wrong way on Interstate 10, ran into the car he was in. Zhen was badly injured, and faces a long road to recovery. A GoFundMe account has been established in his name to help to defray the costs associated with travel and housing for his wife and parents, and perhaps some medical expenses. There is not much we can do to help directly at this time but, with your assistance, we can at least help Zhen’s family a little bit financially.

You are encouraged to help with a donation, if you can: Here is the link: GoFundMe: Zhen Xu's Medical Fund. Any little bit would be helpful. Thank you!


-- Quick News --

  • The retirement of Dr. Jim L. Chambers after 40 years of teaching, research, and service to the School of Renewable Natural Resources was celebrated with a dinner recepiton and gathering on 7 April 2016. Photos from the event are located on our Photo Gallery .page.
  • Photos of the Spring 2016 LSU College of Agriculture Graduation highlighting our RNR Graduates are available on our Photo Gallery page
  • 2nd Quarter 2016 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions page.
  • Minutes from the Spring 2016 Alumni Business meeting are available for download: PDF. Additionally, a roster of the Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association and Council is available on the Officers page; a PDF contact list is also linked.
  • Photos from the 2016 Homecoming celebration are available on our Photo Gallery page.
  • The Spring 2016 edition of Research Matters is now avaialble for download as a PDF. Previous editions of Research Matters are also available for your perusal and download. The links are on our Research Matters page.
  • The Student Chapter of Society of American Foresters (SAF) has a new way to keep you informed, share their news and events, and keep in touch: They now have a Facebook page. LIKE their page, and keep up with all the latest! Support your local (student) Foresters!

  • Marine Field Techniques in Mozambique, Africa


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    Study Abroad in Swaziland


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