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Cody Juneau, NREM Student

RNR undergraduate, Jazmyn Bernard, holding a yellow rail, on a field exercise with RNR 3018 at Rockefellar Refuge. 2 Feb 2018 Past and current NREM students Ashlyn Sak, Hayley Jackson, and Olivia Soler (BS NREM 2017) (l to r) travelled with Dr. Mike Kaller (2nd from left) to Nicaragua 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. Wetlands expert Andy Nyman (Professor, RNR) shows off the root system of healthy bull tongue as George Howard, CEO of Restoration Systems shows off a "mitigation bank" near Jesuit Bend, Thursday, June 29, 2017. photo:  NOLA.com, This Week in Pictures, 14 July 2017 Always on the lookout.  RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 LSU represents! RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 It is all A-OK in the underwater environment.  RNR 4061: Coastal Africa Field Studies - Mozambique.  Led by Dr. Reagan Errara.  May 2017 Underwater LSU in Mozambique! With Dr. Reagan Errera, Bryce Loschen, Kathleen Rodick, Sydney Cottingham, William Jackson, Courtney Murr, Zach Stratton, Scott Graham, and Olivia Lewis. 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. Members of the Hall family, including wife Sarah of Bunkie, LA, celebrate Dale’s induction into the Hall of Fame of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources LSU RNR alumnus Dugan Sabins (left), MS Fisheries Science ’73, receives the American Fisheries Society Golden Membership Award for AFS President Joe Margraf at the Annual Business Meeting 8-23-2017. Congratualtions, Dugan

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.

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.

Research Matters - Spring 2018

Resesarch Matters

The Spring 2017 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

Alumni News: Checking In -

Dr. Bob Blackmon, PhD '69
RNR Director 2000-2005

Bob Blackmon with two of his paintingsDuring 2017, I continued to make progress on my second career – art. As some of you know I am an oil painter, painting mostly Baroque-style still life. I began painting in 1973 but took a 25-year leave of absence, because of career and family. Since my retirement in 2005, I have been able to paint a lot, though never as much as I would like to.

Last year I had two very successful solo shows (three are planned for 2018) and exhibited my work in several group shows. I also continue to be represented by the Ardmore Gallery in County Waterford, Ireland. Having an invited presence there for some time now has been very rewarding and an honor for me. I am also active in the eastern New York arts community, with membership in five art organizations and serving as co-founder, officer, and board member in one of those groups.

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Habitats
Store Significant Amounts of Organic Carbon
in Coastal Louisiana

Sumbmerged vegetation

Louisiana Agriculture Magazine, Winter 2018 edition, features research by RNR Ph.D. student, Eva Hillmann and RNR Adjunct Professor, Dr. Megan LaPeyre.

The ability of natural ecosystems to sequester significant amounts of organic carbon provides a good example of an ecosystem service that can be used in climate mitigation programs on local and regional scales. These mitigation programs may reduce the potential impact of increasing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere that are directly and indirectly driving climate change.

The capture of carbon dioxide by photosynthesis, followed by the conversion to organic carbon by plants and subsequently held in above-ground (for example in leaves, branches, stems) and below-ground biomass (such as roots) is called “blue carbon” in coastal and marine environments given their distinct conditions called “blue water.” These coastal environments potentially play a significant role in organic carbon storage because the pervasive lack of oxygen in sediments limits, for example, the decomposition of plant organic material. This low oxygen results in accumulated plant organic matter that can last from hundreds to thousands of years, depending on the level and frequency of disturbances such as hurricanes and human activities affecting these natural environments.

-- Quick News --

  • 1st Quarter Timber Tales is now avialable. Information and link on our Extension News page
  • See additional coverage of the Coastal Africa Field Studies' class trip to Mozambique in A Field Trip to Mozambique - Similar latitudes, worlds apart...a story in Country Roads, 24 July, 2017
  • 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

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