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Congratulations Graduates!
Fall 2018

LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Graduating Class of Fall 2018

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Congratulations to
Faculty Award Winners!

(12/12/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture announced the winners of their annual faculty and staff awards during their annual conference ceremony held Dec. 11 at the LSU Student Union Theater.

Reserachers from RNR include Zhijun Liu, professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, for being part of a collection of researchers who study cercospora, a disease that can decimate a field through defoliation, won the Tipton Team Research Award. Through their research, the group has determined that certain elements such as iron can suppress disease development. They are also working on developing resistant crop varieties and fungicides to control the disease. The team is also developing protocols to detect the disease at an early stage.

Michael Kaller, an associate professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, received the Sedberry Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. Kaller has served as undergraduate coordinator and associate rector for the College of Agriculture. These duties required him to schedule courses and room assignments and to aid in recruitment and retention. He played a role in developing an aquatic insect taxonomy and ecology class for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Robert Reigh, Professor and Director of the Aquaculture Research Station, was author of the Louisiana Agriculture magazine article of the year. Reigh’s article, “AgCenter Research Aims to Boost Louisiana Alligator Industry,” focused on issues related to alligator nutrition and effects of incubation conditions.

Service awards were presented to two faculty members for their years of service on the magazine’s editorial board. They were Dan Fromme, corn and cotton specialist at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria, and Chris Green, professor at the Aquaculture Research Station in Baton Rouge.

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.

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.

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

Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers

The McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership sponsored a workshop for coastal wetland researchers and managers in May, 2018 at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in southwest Louisiana. Thanks to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the video.

Organized by Dr. Andy Nyman of Louisiana State University and financed by the McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, the workshop included 35 participants from regulatory agencies, academic institutions, state and federal agencies, and environmental consulting firms, representing Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The hope was to increase the effectiveness of wetland management and restoration through a four-day conversation about the challenges facing coastal wetlands and those who manage them. (Ashley Booth, PhD student; PI: Dr. Sammy King) [PDF]

For more information, to see presentations, and photos go to Dr. Nyman's post-Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers webpage

Dr. Tiersch Named as Chair of the USDA
National Genetic Resources Advisory Council

Dr. Terry TierschDr. Terrence Tiersch, Professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources and Director of the Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center, has been named to serve as the Chair of the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council.

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

The NGRAC can consist of up to nine members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and seven or more ex-officio members. Two-thirds of the appointed members represent scientific disciplines relevant to the NGRP, and one-third represent activities relevant to the general public. Thus it is likely that each of the relevant life forms (e.g., plants, forest species, animals, aquatics, insects and microbes) is represented by an appointed scientific member.

More recently, the Council was charged with advising the U.S. Department of Agriculture on ways to ensure that the NGRP serves the needs of 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.

Congratulations Graduates!
Spring 2018

RNR Graduating Class of Spring 2018

Images of the College of Agriculture Diploma Ceremony and the RNR Graduates' Reception are available on the Photo Gallery page.

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