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2015 Hall of Fame

he LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association honored three of its distingued alumni at its recent annual meeting on April 25 at LSU. This year’s inductees to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Hall of Fame are Drs. H. Michael Barnes, James P. Barnett, and the late Robert Chabreck.

Dr. H. Michael "Mike" Barnes

Dr. Mike Barnes Dr. H. Michael “Mike” Barnes (left, with Dr. Todd Shupe, Executive Secretary of the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association)is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of wood preservation and durability. He received a BS in Forestry from LSU in 1965 and a MS in Forest Products Technology from LSU in 1968 under the guidance of the late Dr. Elvin Choong. He was awarded in PhD in Wood Products Engineering in 1973 from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has been on the faculty at Mississippi State University since 1971 and was awarded the title of W. S. Thompson Distinguished Professorship in Wood Science & Technology in 2007.

He has served as President of both of the two largest forest products organizations in North America – Forest Products Society (FPS) and Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) and currently serves as editor of Wood & Fiber Science for SWST. Mike has been elected as a Fellow in SWST, International Academy of Wood Science, and Institute of Wood Science. He has received the highest award from the following societies: Distinguished Service Award, Society of Wood Science & Technology, 2010; Gottschalk Award, Forest Products Society, 2002; Award of Merit, American Wood Protection Association, 2004; and Award of Merit, Railway Tie Association, 2006. Moreover, he received Distinguished Service Award from FPS in 2008; and Alumnus of the Year from the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources in 2004.In 2005 he received the Mississippi State University Office of Research’s highest award, the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.

Mike is well recognized internationally for his research in wood deterioration & preservation. He has published over 200 articles, given over 330 presentations in 15 countries, and garnered extramural funding over $10 million. He has also authored three patents. Mike has a passion for service and for youth and that is evidenced by his many awards in this area including the Boy Scouts of America: Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Key to the city of Starkville for outstanding service to youth, and Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds award.

Dr. James Barnett

Dr. James BarnettDr. James Barnett (left, with Larry Stanley, ’71 BSF) has spent nearly five decades conducting research for the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, working to improve reforestation success of the major pine species of the southern United States. Research, and more importantly, the dissemination of the practical implications of that research, set Dr. Barnett above his peers. He has more than 350 publications and 200 professional presentations targeting his science peers, reforestation experts working in the field, and nursery managers growing seedlings. His work in seed physiology, seed influences on seedling production, container and bareroot seedling production, seedling establishment, and plantation ecophysiology and management has set the standards for reforestation of southern pine ecoysystems. He is realized as a world authority on reforestation issues, he has given keynote presentations around the world. His publications have been translated into other languages.

Clearly, his career is dedicated to service to others by providing seed technologists, nursery managers, forest managers, regeneration specialists, and others research information that they can immediately put into operational use in the United States and world-wide. Dr. Barnett’s research facilitates the production of over 1 billion seedling annually in the southern United States to establish plantations that provide the majority of the United States’ solid wood and fiber needs. An example of this effort is his development of container production of southern pine seedlings that has made restoration of longleaf pine operationally feasible. He has leveraged the expertise he has garnered throughout his career to provide highly productive leadership at regional, national, and international levels. He has effectively motivated interdisciplinary groups of scientists from the federal, state, academic, and private sectors to address issues important to the long-term sustainability of pine ecosystems in the southern United States. He forged partnerships and cooperative agreements to effectively use resources to solve real-world management problems. In recognition of his sustained, productive, and practical service to the world’s forestry community, Dr. Barnett has been recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), named a prestigious Fellow and recipient of the Barrington-Moore Award by Society of American Foresters, deemed an Outstanding Alumnus by Louisiana State University School of Renewable Natural Resources (RNR), and has been the recipient of numerous awards by the USDA Forest Service.

Dr. Robert H. Chabreck

Recieving the award for Dr. ChabreckDr. Robert H. Chabreck was an alumni and faculty emeritus of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. He attended LSU and earned his B.S.F. in 1956 and his Master of Science in Game Management in 1957. His subsequent career would focus on wetlands wildlife.

Photo: left to right, Dr. Todd Shupe, Executive Secretary, LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association, Mrs. Merle Chabreck, and David Chabreck.

In 1957, he went to work for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which then was named the Louisiana Wild Life and Fisheries Commission. He worked at Rockefeller Refuge until 1967 when he served a short time as the Acting Chief of the Refuge Division. From 1967 until 1972, he was the Assistant Leader of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at LSU. During that time, in 1970, he completed his dissertation at LSU with a major in Botany. His dissertation focused on wetland plant communities in Louisiana’s coastal marshes. His dissertation continues to provide the definitions used to classify Louisiana’s coastal marshes despite several other systems coming briefly into vogue. For the vast majority of the time however, Bob’s classification system continues to efficiently convey the necessary detail.

From 1972 through 1976, he was an Associate Professor. In 1976, he was promoted to Professor. He retired in 2000 by which time he had directed 65 graduate students. He has published over 130 scientific and popular articles dealing with wildlife and wetlands. His most recent publication was in 2011 (a chapter in the Wildlife Techniques Manual coauthored with RNR professor Andy Nyman, whose M.S. thesis he also directed in 1989). His publications were so clear, concise, and effective that he received 21 publication awards from the Louisiana Wildlife Biologists Association.

Photos provided by LSU LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association.

For more information contact, Dr. Todd Shupe, Executive Secretary, LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association. Tele. (225)578-6432, Email tshupe@lsu.edu

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