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2012 Hall of Fame

This year the LSU School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association will be honoring two alumni for their outstanding contributions to the practice of forestry and the LSU School of Renewable natural Resources. This year’s inductees include Dr. James Avault, and Dr. Chareles Schilling. They will be honored as part of the LSU School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Annual Meeting which will occur during Homecoming on the LSU campus on November 11.

Dr. James Avault

Dr. James AvaultDr. James William Avault, Jr. was born May 20, 1935, in East St. Louis, Illinois, and received his early schooling in that city. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in East St. Louis in 1953. Following several temporary jobs he entered in U.S. Naval Reserves in 1955, and upon completion of active duty assignments, he was honorably discharged in 1957. In 1961 he earned a B.S. degree in agriculture with emphasis in wildlife management from the University of Missouri. While an undergraduate he was introduced to the discipline of aquaculture by working summer jobs in Florida, Louisiana, and Kentucky as an intern fish culturist for the National Fish Hatcheries.

Dr. Avault earned his M.S. in Fisheries (aquaculture) from Auburn University in 1963. In 1966, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Fisheries (aquaculture) and a minor in Wildlife from Auburn University. Dr. Avault joined the faculty of the School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries (formerly, School of Forestry and Wildlife Management) as an Assistant Professor of Fisheries on January 3, 1966. He taught and developed courses in Pond and Stream Management, Limnology, Ichthyology, Fish Parasites and Diseases, Principles of Aquaculture, Fisheries Research Techniques, Advanced Aquaculture, and Mariculture. He has served as aquaculture program leader in the School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries since 1993.

Dr. Avault’s early aquaculture research program involved screening of numerous aquatic species, both native and exotic, with commercial importance or commercial potential for Louisiana. His early research with catfish including studying production management, polyculture systems, aeration, breeding and genetics, and disease management, played a important role in the development of the catfish farming in the South. He developed a research program on investigating the potential for brackish water culture of marine shrimp, Atlantic croaker, pompano, red drum and other marine species.

Dr. Charles L. Shilling

Dr. Charles SchillingDr. Shilling is Professor Forestry and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. Born in Louisiana, Dr. Shilling earned a B.S.F. in 1963 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and he earned a Master of Forestry at LSU in 1965. From 1965 to 1966, he was Research Forester, Southern Forest Experiment Station, U.S. Forest Service. From 1966 to 1968 he served in the U.S. Army in the Republic of Viet Nam. From 1968 to 1969 he was Research Forester, Southern Forest Experiment Station, and from 1969 to 1971 he was Research Assistant and Graduate Student, Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex. From 1971 to 1977 he was Assistant Professor of Forestry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, and from 1977 to 1983 he was Associate Professor of Forestry at the University of Kentucky. Since 1983 he has been Professor of Forestry at La. State University. Dr. Shilling also served the La. State University, School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries (later School of Renewable Natural Resources) as Director of Student Services from 1985 to 2000 and as Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs from 2000 until the present. From 1999 to 2000 Dr. Shilling was Acting Assistant Director of the School. From 2000 to the present, part of his work time has been in the La. Cooperative Extension Service. He is the author of 42 publications, and annually leader for 4 to 6 continuing education workshops, seminars and/or short-courses for professional natural resources managers in the State of Louisiana.

Dr. Shilling has been active in LSU work outside the College of Agriculture. He was a member of the Faculty Senate Improvement of Instruction Committee 1979 to 1982, serving as Committee Chair 1981 to 1982. He also served as a member of the following other Faculty Senate committees: Graduation; Admission, Scholarship & Honors; Admission Appeals; Review & Long-Range Planning; & Archives & Records Management. He served as Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Office of Dean of Students, the Outstanding LSU Student Selection Committee; the Ad Hoc Committee on Assessment of the Office of Academic Affairs; & the Student Disciplinary Committee of the Office of Dean of Students. He was a member of the Program Review Council, serving as chair one year. He was a member of the Faculty Senate 1999-2002, member 2000 to the present of the Learning Communities Council, and 2004 to the present of the University Assessment Council. Dr. Shilling was a member of the following College of Agriculture committees: Assessment, Student Academic Appeals, Courses & Curricula, Outstanding Teaching, Les Voyageurs, and Agri Week.

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