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LSU students participate in
marine research in Mozambique

[Left] LSU at Praia do Tofo, Mozambique. From left, assistant professor Reagan Errera and students Kathleen Rodick, Sydney Cottingham, Zach Stratton, Bryce Loschen, Olivia Lewis, Scott Graham, Courtney Murr, William Jackson, Katy Murry. The students participated in a Coastal African Field Studies class from May 8-June 4. Photo provided by Reagan Errera

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(07/05/17) BATON ROUGE, La. — Nine LSU students journeyed to Mozambique in May to conduct marine research in the small coastal village of Praia do Tofo and in their month-long stay had encounters with whale sharks that one student described as almost spiritual.

“I was swimming eye to eye with it,” said Sydney Cottingham, a senior from Bowling Green, Kentucky, studying natural resource ecology and management in the LSU College of Agriculture. “It was breathtaking and humbling to be so close to something that majestic.”

Reagan Errera, assistant professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, led the field studies class. The group collaborated with researchers with All Out Africa, a nonprofit organization that implements social and conservation projects.

Errera is working with All Out Africa to conduct research on various species of phytoplankton, the microscopic plants of the ocean, in the area. Her main research focuses on identifying seasonal trends and the spatial extent of the neurotoxin domoic acid.

By identifying seasonal trends, she hopes to determine if human and wildlife health might be at risk. She said shellfish and finfish can accumulate domoic acid, leading to amnesiac shellfish poisoning.


Congratulations
Fall 2017 Graduates!


Fall 2107 Graduates of SRNR

More photos of Graduation are available on our Gallery page.


Congratulations Graduates!!
Spring 2017


School of Renewable Natural Resources Spring Graduation

Images from the RNR Graduate Reception and College of Agriculture Diploma Ceremony are now up on our Gallery page.

First Place in Poster Competition

Fan Zhang wins first placeRNR Graduate student, Fan Zhang,[left] won the first place award of the student poser competition during the 2017 annual conference of the International Society of Forest Resource Economics.

The meeting took place in New Orleans, LA, early in June. The poster was titled: Determining the Optimal Level of Risk Tolerance: A Heuristic Method to Deal with Price Uncertainty in Forest Management. Dr. Joesph Chang, is Fan's dissertation advisor.

RNR Sophomore Named
Udall Scholar, Publishes Book

Madelyn Smith (center), published a book, “Louisiana Gone,” which details life along Louisiana’s vulnerable coastline through photographs and essays. [photo and artcle by: Tobie Blanchard/LSU agCenter]

Left: Lyle (right) and Lane (left) Leblanc, standing in front of a storage shack on their family property. The Leblancs own and operate a licensed alligator farm on their land just outside of Houma, Louisiana. [photo:Madelyn Smith and Trent Andrus]

Right: The last remaining cemetery in Leeville has been cemented into place to prevent the wrought iron crosses and grave markers from subsiding further into the Gulf of Mexico. [photo:Madelyn Smith and Trent Andrus]

RNR Students at
Discover Day 2017

LSU Discover, a program under the LSU Office of Academic Affairs, promotes and supports undergraduate research and creative opportunities to students from all disciplines at LSU. With a focus on information literacy, original ideas, research methods, research ethics, and communication, the LSU Discover program strives to provide a supportive environment where all undergraduate students can engage in mentored research and creative endeavors.

Discover Day 2017 was a huge success. Nearly 200 students presented their research and creative projects, and well over 400 visitors attended the event and voted for their "Tiger's Choice."

Students in RNR will well-represented and took home several awards for the day.

RNR PhD students Awarded
Dissertation Year Fellowships

Two LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Ph.D. students, Songjie He (left) and Kristin DeMarco (right), were recently awarded 2017-18 Dissertation Year Fellowships. These fellowships are very competitive with a large pool of high-quality applicants.

Ms. He’s works under the direction of Dr. Yi-jun Xu. Her dissertation is titled Changes in Carbon, Nutrient, and Trace Metal Concentrations during the Transition from Freshwater to Marine Environments – A Case Study in Southwest Louisiana.

Ms. DeMarco’s dissertation is titled: Changing conditions in the northern Gulf of Mexico coastal landscape: submerged aquatic vegetation community response to changes in salinity and climate. Ms. DeMarco is from Dr. Megan LaPeyre’s laboratory.

Congratulations to Songjie and Kristin!!

LEEC Research Grants Awarded

Congratulations to Bo Wang and Jeremy Reiman for each being awarded the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s (LEEC) University Research Grant. Bo and Jeremy are working in Dr. Jun Xu’s laboratory. These are competitive awards that will help Bo and Jeremy support their dissertation research.

Student Invited to 2017 Schweighofer Workshop

Dr. Gilbert OtotoGilbert Ototo, A Ph.D. student studying under Dr. Richard Vlosky in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU, has been invited to participate in the prestigious Schweighofer Student Workshop for 2017.

Forty graduate students from around the world in various programs in forestry and forest-based sectors are invited annually to participate. The workshop is organized by Professor Alfred Teischinger, at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria.

2017 Student Research Grant Awarded

Vitek Jirinec, Grad Student in RNRCongratulations to Vitek Jirinec, a recipient of the 2017 Student Research Grant from the Animal Behavior Society. The $1,500 grant along with a $4,000 Conservation Grant he received from the Neotropical Bird Club a few weeks earlier will cover supplies for his research in the Brazilian Amazon.

Vitek is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Phil Stouffer’s lab studying microhabitat requirements of tropical understory birds and how those relate to documented bird declines over the last few decades. The research requires external funding to collect data from sensors placed both on birds and their environment.

RNR Grad Student Wins Distinguished Dissertation Award

Kunlin Song(right), a recent PhD graduate from RNR (under the direction of Dr. Qinglin Wu, left) is the recipient of this year's LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Science, Engineering & Technology with his dissertation: Application of Biomass in Nanocomposites and Drilling Fluids.

The winning dissertation demonstrated a mastery of research techniques, ability to do original and independent research, and skill in formulating conclusions that in some way enlarge upon or modify accepted idea and most importantly contribute to knowledge.

In 2015, Kunlin won a prestigious second place Wood Award given to the best graduate research papers by the Forest Products Society. Kunlin’s work has been published in Fuel, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Colloids and Surface A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, and Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering.

Congratulations, Kunlin!

revised: 19-Feb-2018 15:47