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Featured Tiger:
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

Important Dates

  • 20 August, Monday: Classes Begin, 7:30 am
  • 20-24 August: College of Agriculture Welcome Week:
    • --Snowballs, Monday: 11:30am-12:30pm.
      In the Quad by Woodin Hall
    • --Dunk the Deans, Tuesday: 11:00am-1:00pm.
      Free Speech Circle
    • --Tie-Dye a T-shirt, Wednesday: 11:00am-12:30pm.
      In the Quad by Woodin Hall
    • --Thank a Donor, Thursday: 11:00am-1:00pm. Human Ecology Building
    • --Burger Bash, Friday: 11:00am-1:00pm.
      4-H Mini Farm
  • 28 August, Tuesday: Final date for dropping courses without receiving a grade of "W" - 4:30pm deadline
  • 29 August, Wednesday: Final date for adding courses for credit and making section changes, 4:30 p.m., deadline

  • For other important dates and deadlines:
    2018-2019 Academic Calendar

One Intern's Insight:
Summer Avian Research Experience

Jazmyn Bernard, summer intern

(Left) Jazmyn Bernard leaving the field office at Camp Bullis to band golden-checked warblers. (Right) A male golden-cheeked warbler that Jazmyn helped Kashmir Wolf band at Camp Bullis.

In summer 2018, Jazmyn Bernard, undergraduate student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, was given the opportunity to serve as an avian research intern at Joint Base San Antonio–Camp Bullis. a U.S. Airforce base in San Antonio, Texas. Her role was to assist Dr. Ashley M. Long (Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology in Louisiana State University’s School of Renewable Natural Resource) with her research on golden-cheeked warblers (Setophaga chrysoparia; warbler hereafter), in collaboration with staff at Texas A&M University and Camp Bullis. The federally endangered warbler is a small insectivorous songbird that breeds exclusively in Ashe juniper (Juniperus asheii) woodlands of central Texas and winters in broadleaf forests of southern Mexico and Central America. The objectives of Dr. Long's project are to establish a long-term banding program on the base and to examine density, habitat use, and reproductive success of the warbler in relation to various vegetation characteristics. Dr. Long and her colleagues at the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood, Camp Bullis, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also recently initiated a project to identify migratory connectivity for warblers using miniaturized light-level geolocator technology.

Jazmyn's typical day involved mapping locations of multible warbler teritories using GPS recievers. Experienced in using GPS unit and knowing how to map new points was critical. Taking the RNR 3004 (Photogrammetry, GPS, and GIS) offered by Mr. Maurice Wolcott (Instructor-RNR) was a big help for this. The GIS class allowed her to be more familiar with the ArcGIS software used to organize the field data. Knowing where the last sighting of the bird was recorded by GPS, could only supply a vague location to where the bird could be in the present. As such, to find a bird it was necessary to also listen for the warbler’s song or call. Due to experiences gained in RNR 3018 (Louisiana Wildlife with Dr. Kevin Ringelman, Assistant Professor-RNR), Jazmyn was able to distinguish between the many calls that could be heard in the field.

Other skills included learning to band for identification, the use of mist netting, and identification of other species of concervation concern. The more practical aspects of field work included the sometimes arduous conditions of field work such as insects, hiking through densely wooded areas, enduring bad weather, heat, and even the the inteference of sounds of loud artillery fire from the nearby military base while trying to identify specific bird calls. Learning time managment while collecting data under field conditions was another challenge. All useful skills for post-graduate employment

Louisiana Magazine, Spring 2018, Cover

Spring 2018 Issue of Louisiana Agriculture Now Available Online

The spring 2018 issue of Louisiana Agriculture, the quarterly magazine published by the LSU AgCenter, is now online. This issue focuses on one of today’s most important topics: globalization. Louisiana agriculture reaches around the world not only through trade, but in many other ways as well.

RNR Faculty members have articles featured in this issue:

Aquaculture: A Global Perspective (click to view article)
Greg Lutz and Chris Green
Almost half a billion people worldwide depend on fish as their principal source of protein. The LSU AgCenter contributes to global aquaculture in many ways.
Globalization and Forestry: Environmental Awareness Changes an Industry (click to view article)
Richard P. Vlosky, Eric Hansen and Rajat Panwar
A combined effect of accelerating globalization and the global recession of 2008 has produced dramatic changes in the forest industry.

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

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.

"I am honored to be selected as the first recipient of the John w. Barton, Sr. College of Agriculture Wildlife Scholarship," said Skaggs. "While the monetary award will help me personally as I finish my thesis, I am further humbled to be associated with the legacy of Mr. Barton. In particular, his conservation and civic leadership are an inspiration, and I am thankful to be recognzed as I start my career in wildfife conservation."

The scholarship was established by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to honor Barton, who received a bachelor's degree in sugar-chemical engineering from LSU in 1939. He was a fonding member of the National Turkey Federation and active in the Quality Deer Management Association. During his career, he played key roles in numerous business, civic, and professional organizations

The $2,500 award wil be made annualy to a full-time School of Renewable Resources graduate student studying in the fields of wildlife management or wildflife ecology.

Congratulations, Cassie!

permalink: LSU Alumni Magazine: Summer 2018

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 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

-- Quick News --

  • 2nd 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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