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2016

Congratulations Graduates!!

2016 Fall RNR Graduating Class

Additional photos from the Fall 2016 Graduation
are available on our Gallery page.

Xi Sigma Pi Welcomes Three,
Presents Apple Pie Seminar

ABOVE - Three new members were initiated on 24 October 2016: Right - Beau Navarre (senior), Mason Leblanc (junior), and Andrea De Stefano (graduate student). Left - Benjamin Walters receives the Xi Sigma Pi Oustanding Sophomore award from Forester Beau Navarre at the Apple Pie Seminar on 16 November 2016

Benjamin Walters is the recipient of the 2016 Xi Sigma Pi Outstanding Sophomore award, in recognition of good scholastic achievement and outstanding leadership in forest resources management. The $1000 scholarship is funded by previous recipients of the award. Benjamin will was presented with a plaque at the Apple Pie Seminar hosted by Xi Sigma Pi on November 16, 2016. Congratulations, Benjamin!

This year's speaker for Apple Pie Seminar was Holly Morgan, US Forest Service. Her presentation was titled: "Benefits to Wildlife from Longleaf Restoration". It was informative, and entertaining. And, of course, apple pie and ice cream were enjoyed by all!

RNR Students & Faculty Recognition for Presentations and Publications

Madelyn B. McFarland (left photo) a student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU won second place with her presentation “Prothonotary Warbler Nestling Diet and Parental Provisioning Rates at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, in Baton Rouge, LA”. Her co-authors were Ryan C. Hudgins, LSU, Katie L. Percy and Erik I. Johnson with Audubon Louisiana, National Audubon Society, Baton Rouge, LA.

Kristy D. Capelle (right photo) a student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU took top honors with her presentation “Evaluating Survival of Released Ranched American Alligator in Coastal Louisiana”. Her co-authors were Michael D. Kaller with LSU and Ruth M. Elsey with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

LAPB/LA Chapter Wildlife Society publication award in the Fisheries Category went to RNR Faculty members Drs. Michael Kaller and William Kelso for: Miller, B.A., W.E. Kelso, and M.D. Kaller. 2015. Diet portioning in a diverse centrarchid assemblage in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana. Transaction of the American Fisheries Society 144:780-791

LSU College of Ag Stamps Scholar Works
on Animal Conservation

Katie Davis, Stamps Scholar(10/07/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Katie Davis hoped to be a veterinarian while growing up, but books by anthropologist Jane Goodall have inspired her to work toward conserving endangered species.

Davis (left), a freshman in the LSU College of Agriculture from Frisco, Texas, is a Stamps Leadership Scholar and recipient of the Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholarship – the top scholarship opportunity available to LSU students. With the scholarship comes full cost of attendance for four years, with up to $14,000 for enrichment opportunities, such as research. [photo by Tobie Blanchard]

Davis also has received research funds from the LSU President's Future Leaders in Research Program. She is using this money to work toward helping an at-risk species.

Davis is working on the genetic structure of the Bachman’s Sparrow with graduate student Amie Settlecowski in the lab of Sabrina Taylor, an associate professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. The Bachman’s Sparrow population has declined because of fire suppression, timber harvesting and fragmentation of the open longleaf pine savannahs the birds tend to occupy.

RNR Grads Featured in Audubon Magazine

RNR Alumni in African ResearchThe international conservation work of three RNR graduates was featured on the cover of the Summer 2016 Audubon magazine. Jared Wolfe and Luke Powell (former students of Dr. Phil Stouffer), and Kristin Brzeski (former student of Dr. Sabrina Taylor)are doing collaborative research and expeditionary work in the small central African country of Equatorial Guinea – (according to Jared) arguably the country least known to science. The feature article, with "amazing photos" is availabe here. A recent LSU Biology undergraduate, Jacob Cooper, is also using his experiences in undergraduate research programs to contribute to the study. [PHOTO: From left: Kristin Brzeski, Luke Powell, Jared Wolfe, and Amancio Motove Etingüe band birds and record biological information at North Camp, deep in the caldera. Photo: Tristan Spinski]

Marine Field Techniques in Mozambique, Africa

During spring break, three seniors, Jamie Amato, Brandy Malbrough, and Tanner Jones, traveled to Tofo, Mozambique to examine the link between the lower food web (plankton) and oceanic mega fauna, such as whale sharks, manta rays and reef rays, which have been experiencing declines over the last 10 years. During the trip the students were able to get a glimpse of life in Mozambique, how developing a sense of sustainability for natural resources has different challenges then ones we face in developed countries, and received their open water dive certification. This was the pilot program for a new study aboard course in marine research field techniques. Check out the video to learn more about the student’s experience. Questions about the study aboard course can be sent to Dr. Reagan Errera, RErrera@lsu.edu.

RNR Graduate Student Wins Award
at Duck Symposium

2016 Duck Symposium-Ringelman Lab

In February, Dr. Kevin Ringelman's lab group traveled to Annapolis, MD for the 7th North American Duck Symposium, held every three years. First-year Masters student Cassandra Skaggs won a student poster award for presenting on her graduate research in North Dakota, which examines the effect of the fracking boom on waterfowl nesting ecology. Fellow Masters student Clay Stroud took the opportunity to discuss his project on Lesser Scaup with other diving duck researchers, and recent RNR graduate Jacqueline Satter made valuable connections with potential graduate school advisers from around the country

Hydrology Students Awarded Competitive LEEC Grants

Congratulations to MS students Emily DelDuco(left) and Bo Wang (right)! They have won University Research Grants from the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) to support their research.

Emily and Bo will each receive $1,200 for their studies – “Carbon transport and transformation in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya Rivers” and “Assessing sediment availability in the lowermost Mississippi River for Louisiana coastal restoration.” They are both Dr. Jun Xu’s graduate students.

The University Research Grants are awarded to the most competitive proposals by graduate students from all colleges across the state. This year LEEC gave six awards, and our RNR students won two of them!

Research Fellowship Awarded

Cassie Skaggs Congratulations to MS student Cassie Skaggs. She was awarded the Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship for 2016.

The scholarship is awarded to students studying any aspect of wildlife ecology or management in North America, with special emphasis on projects focused on wetlands. Cassie is a student of Dr. Kevin Ringelman.

Only one award a year is given to M.S. students, and includes a monetary award of $1000. The Scholarship is administered through the group Long Point Waterfowl in conjunction with Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

RNR Undergrad Awarded Xi Sigma Pi Scholarship

Parker White

Congratulations to Parker White for winning the second place ($500) Xi Sigma Pi Scholarship for the West Central Region in April of 2016.

Xi Sigma Pi is a national forestry honor society. In the last fifteen years, LSU has been winning more than half of the awards in a region that comprises eight universities:

  • 2016: Parker White (2nd place)
  • 2015: James Donovan (2nd place)
  • 2014: Kasie Dugas
  • 2010: Lauren Smith
  • 2009: Ian Stone
  • 2006: Matthew Reed
  • 2004: Angela Secott
  • 2002: Benjamin Hogue

RNR 3018 Class Participates in Bioblitz

The BREC's Forest Community Park, located at 13900 South Harrell's Ferry Road in Baton Rouge, near the intersection with Millerville, was the site of an event that was kind of like a census of every living creature, insect, plant. For the Bioblitz, as it was called, the public was invited to accompany naturalists, botanists and others as they scoured the park's nooks and crannies. The park is 115 acres.

Some of the over 100 people who participated in the event, which included families, college student volunteers, scientists and experts from the local interest groups and universities, included Dr. Phil Stouffer's RNR 3018 class (Ecology and Management of Southeastern Wildlife) who got some hands-on experience while helping in the census. The preliminary totals were 395 species, including 185 plants, 47 birds, 100 arthropods, 22 herps, 5 fish, 6 mammals, and 30 fungi.

BREC is the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge. More details about the Bioblitz, future plans, and photos are available from WAFB: BREC's Bioblitz Big Success.

Hydrology Lab Participates in 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting


Hydrology Lab members (L-R): Bo Wang, Emily DelDuco, Sanjeev Joshi, Songjie He

Four graduate students from Dr. Jun Xu's lab recently presented their studies at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans (Feb 21-26). The meeting is the world’s largest conference on coastal and ocean research, jointly organized every two years by the American Geophysical Union and American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. This year’s meeting was attended by more than 5000 researchers from all over the world. The presentations made by the Hydrology Lab students were well received, and they are:

  • Bo Wang - Long-term Sediment Accumulation in Mid-channel Bars of the Upper Reach of the Lower Mississippi River
  • Emily DelDuco - Spatiotemporal Distribution of DOC and DIC in the Atchafalaya River, the Largest Distributary of the Mississippi River
  • Sanjeev Joshi – Assessment of Long-Term Bathymetric and River Stage Changes in the Lowermost Mississippi River
  • Songjie He - Dissolved Strontium and Barium in Fresh and Saltwater: a 2-year Study in the Calcasieu River to the Gulf of Mexico
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