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Congratulations To Our
Fall 2013 Graduates!

Fall 2013 Fall graduates

RNR Distinguished Communicator

Congratulations to RNR Fall Graduate Matthew Wyatt (second from the right) who was award LSU's CxC Distinguished Communicator (Communications across the Curriculum) recognition this December. Matt completed a rigorous set of communication-intensive courses and developed a communication portfolio highlighting his spoken, written, visual, and technical communication. He was advised by Dr. Mike Kaller.

Alum wins an Emmy--

Congratulations to Michael Campbell, 2008 BS Fisheries Alumnus, for his Emmy! The Emmy was in the category "Best Technical Achievement" for the onboard film and data collection recorded by the cameras and instruments sunk with the USS Mohawk last year. See the photo of his Emmy, and a description of the project that won the Award on our Alumni Page.

A Note on Distracted Driving

The New England Journal of Medicine has posted a ahort video highlighting the results from a study on the dangers of Distracted Driving among Novice and Experienced Drivers. The video, only about 3 minutes long, is available here; the original article is available here. Please take the time to view the video, and peruse the article. The consequences of distracted driving can be serious to you, your passengers, and other drivers. As we begin the new year, a small reminder seems timely.

Congratulations to Our Graduates!!
Spring Class of 2013

Spring 2013 Graduating Class

For additional images of the RNR Spring 2013 Graduation and Graduation Reception, see our Photo Gallery page.

Alive! In America's Delta - Whooping Cranes' Return

Whooping Cranes' Majestic Return - Trace the landmark effort to reintroduce the Whooping Crane into Louisiana's wetlands. 70 years ago these birds were on the brink of extinction. Today, there are more than 500, thanks in part to a breeding program underway at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland and dedicated partners in Louisiana, and here at LSU, working to return the birds to a region they have not seen since the 1950s. Experience Part 1 of LPB's thrilling new wildlife series: "Alive! In America's Delta." Program aired on LPB Monday, August 19, 2013, at 7:00pm.

If you missed the program, it is available for purchase as a DVD. Check here for access.

Students Well-Represented at Fisheries Meeting

34th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society held in May, was well represented by LSU students.

    Abstract Competition:
  • First place: Calvin Fisher. "Manipulation of the divalent ions Ca2+ and Mg2+ and their role in biochemical and molecular homeostasis in larval Gulf killifish (Fundulus grandis)."
  • Second place: Brett Miller. "Resource partitioning within the centrarchid assemblage of the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana, based on stomach content and stable isotope analyses."
  • Third place: Paige O’Malley. "A transitional feeding regime of live and artificial feeds for larval Gulf killifish (Fundulus grandis)."
    Poster Competition:
  • First place: Joshua Patterson. "Variation in reproductive and larval physiology of Gulf killifish (Fundulus grandis) fed diets deficient in essential n-3 fatty acids or supplemented with fish oil."
  • Second place: Paige O’Malley. "A transitional feeding regime of live and artificial feeds for larval Gulf killifish (Fundulus grandis)."
    Oral Presentation Competition:
  • First place: Brett Miller. "Resource partitioning within the centrarchid assemblage of the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana, based on stomach content and stable isotope analyses."
  • Second place: Justin Leonhardt. "An industry in decline: Finding the optimal oyster stock and ideal salinity conditions for intensifying commercial production of eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in Louisiana."
  • Third place: A. Nikki Anderson. "Alternative bait for the Louisiana commercial blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) fishery."

Additionally, several LSU students also attended the Annual Convention of Aquaculture America in February 22, 2013, Nashville, TN. Presenters were:

  • Josh Patterson, Robert Reigh, Calvin Fisher, and Chris Green – Replacement of live Atremia nauplii with commercial diet at first feeding in larval Gulf killifish and subsequent growth effects of dietary protein level.
  • Josh Patterson, and Chris Green – Reproductive performance of Gulf killifish fed plant-based diets with varying inclusion on corn oil and fish oil.
  • Paige O’Malley, Andrew Palau, Cortney Ohs, Louis D’Abramo, and Chris Green – Feeding larval Gulf killifish: Utilizing a transitional feeding regime of live and artificial feeds.
  • Calvin Fisher and Chris Green – Manipulation of the divalent ions Ca2+ and Mg2+ and their role in biochemical and molecular homeostasis in larval Gulf killifish.
  • Noel Novelo and Terry Tiersch – User’s guide to ultrasound imaging in aquaculture production of channel catfish for the laboratory and farm.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Club (AFC) at LSU was active on and off campus during the 2012-2013 academic year. On campus, members and faculty advisors of AFC volunteered at Louisiana Sea Grant’s Ocean Commotion and at Louisiana Agricultural Center’s AgMagic to give school children a glimpse into fisheries and aquaculture. Off campus, members and faculty advisors helped clean up the estuaries of Southern Louisiana in the Louisiana Sea Grant Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo. The AFC looks to participate in these events again in the 2013-2014 calendar year and is looking to expand into other service learning events.

Students Awarded LDWF Grants

Congratulations to RNR Graduate Students Ivan Prock and Zhen Xu!

Two of Dr. Yi-jun Xu’s graduate students, Ivan Prock and Zhen Xu, have each been awarded a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries "Environmental Education Commission" grant. Ivan’s grant is to study sediment availability in Southeastern Louisiana and Zhen will be examining the relationships between dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll in University Lake. The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s mission is to promote environmental education at all academic levels with the result of producing a literate citizenry who can make informed natural resource-related decisions. Congratulations!

Mikono ya Wavuvi: In Fishermen's Hands

Austin Humpheries, MSci 2010 in Fisheries (as a student of Dr. Megan La Peyre), won a "People's Choice Award" at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival in Savannah, Georgia in March. His short film, entitled "Mikono ya Wavuvi: In Fishermen's Hands" is about marine conservation in Kenya and the struggle between fishermen saving the ocean or saving their livelihood. Ausin is currently working on his PhD at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. His research involves studying the ecology of how humans alter coastal ecosystems and what this means for biodiversity and ecological processes, using oyster reefs in estuaries and tropical coral reefs as study sites. You can see Austin's award-winning video on vimeo. Congratulations, Austin!

RNR and other COA students take part in the 2013 Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo

See what you missed! Read about how students got some great experience putting their studies to good use in this volunteer effort. The project was featured in the LSU Today (here).

Have no fear, however, if you missed this event, two more dates are available to help with the Crab Trap roundups: Saturday, February 23rd and Saturday March 9th. For more information see Dr. Julie Anderson, or go to the Sea Grant/Crabtrap website.

Student Receives Multiple Awards

Congratulations are in order for Luke Laborde, PhD student working under the direction of Dr. Frank Rohwer. He has recently been received two awards: The Clark M. Hoffpauer Memorial Scholarship, and a Second place award for the an Oral Presentation at the North American Duck Symposium.

The Clark M. Hoffpauer Memorial Fund was established to benefit students enrolled in the graduate program in the School of Renewable Natural Resources.

The gift honors the memory of Clark M. Hoffpauer who received his Masters of Science in Wildlife Management from Louisiana State University in the 1960's. He was a lifelong pilot, adventurer and avid sportsman. During his distinguished career he served as director of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where he began his career as a biologist in 1950. During his tenure as LDWF director he was responsible for the acquisition of five game management areas in Louisiana. He served as president for the Southeastern Game and Fish Commissioners Association and was instrumental in the return of the endangered brown pelican, changing legislation for alligator management and many other innovative studies and practices that are in place today. After he left public service he started an environmental consulting firm that help develop spill emergency plans for many Louisiana refineries. In 1972 Hoffpauer received the Louisiana Conservation of the Year Award.

above: Luke Laborde (right), recieiving his award from Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources

Eligibility for the Hoffpauer Award - The recipient of this award must be a full time graduate student at Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College enrolled in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. The recipient must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0.

The North American Duck Symposium was held in January 2013, in Memphis, Tennessee. The International Symposium's theme was focused on the Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl.

Luke was awarded a Second Place for Student Oral Presentations. The title of his presentation was "An Evaluation of the Waterfowl Hunter Recruitment & Retention Conceptual Model"

at left: Luke (on the right) with Dr. Frank Rohwer, Professor, School of Renewable Natural Resources and Luke's Major Professor.

One of Our Own:

Codi Whittington, RNR freshman, was featured in an Advocate article. The write-up is available here. Congratulations to Codi!

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