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Cameron Toerner and Jacob Meyer compete in Jack & Jill Crosscut Saw at the 62nd Forestry Conclave @ Louisiana State University.  Members of the student chapter of SAF at LSU, organizers and hosts of the conclave, cheer the team! Students of RNR 3018 birding at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Students of RNR 3018 participated in a weekend birding trip to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Colette Pansini (left), Senior in Wildlife Ecology, and Anna West (right), Senior in Wildlife Ecology are awarded the inaugural Laborde Award for Leadership in Renewable Natural Resources through the LSU Alumni Association.  RNR undergraduate, Jazmyn Bernard, holding a yellow rail, on a field exercise with RNR 3018 at Rockefellar Refuge. 2 Feb 2018 Renewable Natural Resources Assistant Professor Kevin Ringelman takes students on a duck hunting field trip Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society meeting in Galveston, TX, January 24-27, 2019.  Attending and presenting were Erin Thayer and Pat Shorter. Also, attending were Dr. Mike Kaller, Amber Monlezun, and Melanie Holton.  Pat Shorter won the Best Student Presentation award during the meeting. The LSU RNR-FWF & COA Alumni Association visit the River Campus to see the Mississippi River Model, and get an update on the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.  2 Feb 2019 The LSU RNR-FWF & COA Alumni Association also visit Louisiana Cane Land Distilling as part of the tour of The Water Campus Congratulations to Madelyn Smith (her with RNR Faculty Dr. Mike Kaller), one of the 2019 Tiger Twelve.  Tiger Twelve is an award that is presented to 12 exceptional seniors since 2003. The Tiger Twelve exemplify the seven tenets of LSU’s Commitment to Community, which explains LSU’s basic principles as an academic community.

This Week in RNR

  • 15 April 2019, Monday: Spring Break begins, 7:30 a.m.
  • 22 April 2019, Monday: Classes Resume, 7:30am
  • 29 April (Monday) - 4 May(Saturday): FINAL EXAMS

More Honors for RNR Faculty, Students

2019 Alumni Association Award Winners

The LSU College of Agriculture Awards and Recognition ceremony honored outstanding alumni, faculty and students on April 5 at The Club at LSU Union Square. Award recipients included Luke Laborde, Mike Kaller, Katie Costanza, Matthew Braud, Sabrina Taylor, Andrew Alvis, Maddie Easley, Marianna Morrison, Tylan Jolivette, Teddy Garcia-Aroca, Julie Richard and Don Ator. Photo by Tobie Blanchard/LSU AgCenter

(04/09/19) BATON ROUGE, La. —The LSU College of Agriculture recognized outstanding alumni, faculty and students at its Awards and Recognition ceremony on April 5 at The Club at LSU Union Square.

One of two "Outstanding Alumni" awards was presented to Luke LaBorde, former President of Willis Group North Carolina, and current instructor in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources.

Laborde has three degrees from LSU. He earned his doctorate after retirement. “One of the greatest experiences of my life is to work with our students. They inspire me every day,” Laborde said.

Three students were recognized, one of them being RNR undergraduate in animal sciences and natural resource ecology and management, Katie Costanza. Costanza received the KC Toups Memorial Les Voyageur Award for her service to the organization. Costanza will service as president of the Les Voyageurs next year and said the organization has given her a huge purpose and involvement on campus.

Congratulations go to two faculty members in the School of Renewable Natural Resources who were named to professorships. Mike Kaller was named the George William Barineau Professor and Sabina Taylor was named the Weaver Brothers Distinguished Professor.

For the full article: PERMALINK | Tobie Blanchard

RNR Faculty Honored


Join us in congratulating Dr. Kevin Ringelman as the 2019 recipient of the TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Luke Laborde on being named the 2019 College of Agriculture Outstanding Alumnus!.

SPIN Undergraduate Research Poster Night: RNR Students Honored


1st place:
"Changes in the Distribution of Bachman’s Sparrow in the Early 20th Century." Kathryn E. C. Davis, Amie E. Settlecowski, Stefan Woltmann, and Dr. Sabrina S. Taylor.
School of Renewable Natural Resources

3rd place:
"Influence of salinity on the physiology of Golden Topminnow (Fundulus chrysotus). Angel Casillo and Dr. Christopher Green.
School of Renewable Natural Resources

Each year, students in the College of Agriculture who have been awarded undergraduate research grants present their research during the College of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Poster Session held during LSU Spring Invitational (SPIN). This poster session allows students to share what they have been working on this year and present their results to faculty, staff and the public. High school students attending Spring Invitational and their parents are invited to attend the poster session.

Agriculture Residential College freshman are also invited to attend and judge. They select a poster presenter to receive the ARC student choice award. This award is presented to undergraduate researcher who does an exceptional job of explaining their research to the public.

LSU hosts Southern Forestry Conclave

LSU Hosts Southern Forestry Conclave(03/26/19) BATON ROUGE, La. — One of the most tranquil pieces of property in Baton Rouge was abuzz with activity as the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden was the site for the 62nd annual Southern Forestry Conclave March 21-24.

[left] Cameron Toerner and Jacob Meyer compete in Jack & Jill Crosscut Saw at the 62nd Forestry Conclave @ Louisiana State University. Members of the student chapter of SAF at LSU, organizers and hosts of the conclave, cheer the team!

More than 250 students from 14 universities participated in the conclave, and LSU was the host school.

Part brain, part brawn, the conclave includes more than 20 technical and physical forestry competitions that challenge students with identifying wildlife, estimating timber, climbing poles, chopping logs, throwing axes and log birling — running on a log in water while trying not to fall in.

Ben Armstrong, a forestry student from Louisiana Tech, was attending his first conclave and was participating in wildlife identification and chain throwing.

“It’s been a great opportunity to learn more about forestry and meet other students interested in forestry,” he said.

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  • Graduate Scholarships Update: Information on Graduate Scholarships has been updated to include recent elegibility requirements, and application deadlines. Additionally, two new offerings have been added: The John Barton Sr. College of Agriculture Wildlife Scholarship and the Charles Bosch Scholarship. Information on these, and other Scholarship offerings can be addressed to Dr. Mike Kaller (mkalle1[at]lsu.edu)
  • 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
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