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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
(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.
“It was helpful that the scholarship guaranteed that I would have a research mentor,” Davis said.
Davis is pursuing a double major in natural resource ecology and management and Spanish. She said she would like to work in wildlife conservation in Central or South America. “I’ve always liked languages,” she said. “I went to Europe during summer and thought of minoring in a few languages, but decided it was best to really learn one other language.” Davis also speaks some German. The first-year student is definitely an over-achiever. She earned enough college credits prior to starting at LSU to be technically classified as a junior.
Davis also plays oboe in the LSU Symphony Orchestra, an instrument she has been playing since first grade. She was drum major in her high school marching band, leading them to ninth place in the Texas State Marching Band Contest in 2016.
Davis lives in the Agricultural Residential College on the LSU campus. When she isn’t buried in books or music, she enjoys playing quidditch with the LSU Quidditch Club.
RNR Grads Featured in Audubon Magazine
The 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
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
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
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.
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
SAF Student Chapter Hosts Quiz Bowl
Baton Rouge was the host to the Society of American Foresters National Convention in November 2015, and the LSU Student Chapter hosted the Student Quiz Bowl at the convention. Shown moderating one of the sessions are LSU’s Christian Rossi (behind projector) and Christian Flucke (to his left). The three judges can be seen at the same table. Iowa State’s team is at left, competing against Alabama A&M’s team (off picture to right). Rush Maxwell was out in the hall, coordinating three concurrent quiz bowl rooms, and faculty advisor Dr. Niels de Hoop (behind camera) helped organize. The four-person team from Michigan State won the Quiz Bowl, with Iowa State earning second place. Over 600 people watched and listened as 30 teams competed.
Student Recieves the Ben and Pauline Stanley Graduate Student Excellence Award
Congratulations are in order for ElizaBeth Clowes, a Master's degree student with a concentration in Aquaculture and Fisheries. For the last two years she been working on a Sea Grant project for the blue crab fishery. Her thesis title is "Efficacy and Feasibility of Alginate Bait for the Louisiana Commercial Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Fishery;" Dr. Julie Lively is ElizaBeth's thesis advisor/major professor.
During her time here, ElizaBeth has helped to revive the RNR Graduate Student Association and participated in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Club. ElizaBeth is graduating this May and very shortly will pursue work in the Great Lakes region.
LEFT: ElizaBeth Clowes (left) recieves the Ben and Pauline Stanley Graduate Student Excellence Award from Dr. Julie Lively(right)
The Ben and Pauline Stanley Graduate Student Excellence Award recognizes doctoral and master’s students who have made outstanding contributions to research, service or teaching in the School of Renewable Natural Resources (SRNR). This award symbolizes the School’s commitment to excellence in graduate education and the student may use this award to advance her/his graduate education.
RNR Student Wins a Top Prize at Recent SAF Meeting
Cory Garms, an RNR Graduate Student, working under Dr. Tom Dean, was awarded second place for his student presentation at the recent Society of American Foresters, meeting in Baton Rouge. His presentation was entitled, "Relative Resistance to Overturning of Pinus palustris and Pinus taeda L.: A Static Winching Experiment", The SAF Forest Science and Technology Board only recognizes the top three presentations for the entire meeting. Congratulations Cory!
RNR Student Wins AGU Student Paper Award
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Scott Allen who won an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the Fall 2015 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and Space Science meeting in the world, with nearly 24,000 attendees. Outstanding Student Paper Awards are earned by fewer than 5% of student presenters. Scott’s presentation, “Stable Isotopes Indicate Within-Canopy Processes During Interception of Rainfall,” was invited by session organizers. Co-authors were Richard Keim (LSU RNR), Holly Barnard (University of Colorado), Renee Brooks (EPA, Corvallis, Oregon), and Jeff McDonnell (University of Saskatchewan).
Congratulations to our Fall Graduates
Other images of the Graduation ceremony, and the Reception for Graduates and their families are located on our Gallery page.
Summer in Swaziland puts LSU students up close with African wildlife
BATON ROUGE, La. – Ten LSU College of Agriculture students spent two weeks in August studying African wildlife ecology in Swaziland. The students, who are all majoring in natural resources ecology and management (NREM), spent most of the study-abroad program at the Savannah Research Centre in the Mbuluzi Game Reserve. (LEFT: They are (left to right) Alexandria Medine, Jenna Collins, Taylor Carlson, Adam Vaccarella, Taylor Smith, Alexis Burruss, Bri Villasenor, Jacqueline Satter, Lillian Miller and Lindsay Mullen.
There they studied small mammals and birds and learned about conservation management and land use in the tiny African kingdom.
Alexis Burruss, a senior from Carville, said studying in Africa was a life-long dream of hers.
“Once I got there, I realized I never really thought about what I expected, but it exceeded anything I could have imagined,” she said. “The people, the culture, the animals – it was amazing.” (RIGHT: Alexis Burruss (left) and Alexandria Medine collect data on small mammals during a study-abroad program on African wildlife ecology in Swaziland.)
Bret Collier, an assistant professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources who organized the program and traveled with the students, said the purpose of the trip was to expose them to the field of wildlife ecology in a novel setting.
“Our role as educators is to give these students experiences that will benefit them in the real world,” Collier said. “American students are inexperienced in global issues. These students now have international experience and multiple viewpoints of conservation and land management.”
The Mbuluzi Game Reserve is located next to extensive sugarcane fields, so the students were able to see the differences in land management practices between conservation reserves and agriculture. (LEFT: Lindsay Mullen holds a crested barbet caught in one of the small-mammal traps at the Mbuluzi Game Reserve in Swaziland during a study-abroad program in African wildlife ecology.)
“I gained a sense of how wildlife policies vary and how some are necessary for people’s survival,” Burruss said.
Collier stressed the program was not a vacation but an experience. The students were up by 5 a.m. most mornings and were active every day surveying birds, mammals and native vegetation. They slept in tents and showered in open-air showers, and the campsite had no electricity or internet connectivity.
“It was nice to be disconnected,” said Alexandria Medine, a senior from Patterson. “It was relaxing.”
The students went on nighttime game drives and marveled at the night sky.
“There were so many stars we couldn’t make out the constellations,” Medine said.
The Savannah Research Centre on the Mbuluzi Game Reserve was developed by Robert McCleery, of the University of Florida, Ara Monadjem, of the University of Swaziland, and Kim Roques with All Out Africa in Swaziland. Staffed by All Out Africa personnel, the area is used as a remote field site for university students and faculty to study wildlife ecology. This was the first group of LSU students to study there.
“We had a bunch of LSU students who had never heard of Swaziland,” Collier said. “They got the opportunity to work with species they had never heard of before or never dealt with before.”
The students saw jackals and genets on game cameras and ate freshly caught impala and other local cuisine.
Collier wanted the students to experience cultural aspects of the region, so the group visited the self-sustained community at the Shewula Mountain Camp and learned how the villagers lived.
The students described seeing young children re-mudding their homes or collecting and carrying water from a reservoir back to their village.
They also tasted home-brewed beer made from maize, which they described as milky, grainy and sour.
The trip was Medine’s first time out of the country. She said the whole experience allowed her to try new things.
“I really ventured out of my comfort zone,” she said.
Lindsay Mullen, a senior from Baton Rouge, said she didn’t consider herself much of a traveler but signed up for the trip to get experience outside of Louisiana. She said it left her wondering where to go next.
“We were immersed in wildlife, and there was such a richness of species,” Mullen said.
Mullen said she now wants to study ornithology in graduate school and hopes to return to Mbuluzi to conduct research on passerine birds.
After studying in Swaziland for 10 days, the students went to the Lower Sabie Camp at Kruger National Park. They went on morning and evening game drives and saw leopards lounging in trees, elephants taking mud baths in the rivers, and rhinoceros and buffalo grazing in the grassland savannahs.
South African park staff also took the students on a guided walk, where they got up close to giraffes, rhinoceros and elephants.
Collier said the students received three hours of credit for the African Wildlife Ecology class and a new outlook on wildlife policy, management and conservation.
Article by Tobie Blanchard, LSU AgCenter
RNR Student Elected to Governing Board
Mary Grace Lemon Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Richard Keim, was elected to office in the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF).
The office is Student Member at Large, which is a position on the Governing Board of CERF. This is a two-year position, and elections were held among the national membership. Mary Grace will begin her term at the annual CERF meeting in November, to be held in Portland, OR.
CERF is a science and management organization focused on estuarine and coastal ecosystems with membership ranging across the country and internationally. Mary Grace's duties will include heading an education and outreach committee responsible for providing student and young professional members opportunities for further educational opportunities and furthering the foundation's outreach efforts to the general public. Mary Grace's involvement in CERF began during her Master's degree while doing research on oysters in tidal creek estuaries. The organization provides fantastic opportunities for students and young career professionals to connect with experts in the field in addition to maintaining a highly utilized job board.
2015 Clark M Hoffpauer Outstanding Grad Student Announced
Kristin Brzeski (right), a Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Sabrina Taylor (left), has been named the 2015 Clark M Hoffpauer Outstanding RNR Wildlife Student.
The Clark M. Hoffpauer Memorial Fund was established to benefit students enrolled in the graduate program in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. The award 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 he received the Louisiana Conservation of the Year Award.
Images from the Graduation Reception and the 2015 Spring Graduating Class of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources are available on our Gallery page. (1 June 2015: additional images were added)
Monsanto, Plein Foundation Fund Scholarships for LSU Ag Students
BATON ROUGE, La. – Monsanto and the Thomas A. Plein Foundation are helping support students in the LSU College of Agriculture by establishing two new scholarships.
The Monsanto scholarship will benefit students studying in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness or the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences. The Plein Foundation scholarship established by the Thomas A. Plein Foundation will benefit a student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources.
More information about these scholarships is available from the LSU Agcenter News page
2015 Wood Award Goes to RNR Student
Kunlin Song, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Qinglin Wu’s laboratory won the 2nd Place for the 2015 Wood Award given by the Forest Products Society. His winning paper is entitled “Fabricating Electrospun Porous Carbon Nanofibers with Antimicrobial Capability: A Facile Route to Recycle Biomass Tar.”
The Wood Awards are intended to recognize and honor outstanding research conducted by graduate students in the field of wood and wood products. This award is the most prestigious in the area of graduate research and the winners of this award have, without exception, gone on after graduation to exemplary careers in industry, education, and research. To honor his achievement Mr. Song received a plaque, a $500 award, and a complimentary registration to the International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia in June. The award will be presented at the Forest Products Society Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 11th at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Congratulations to Mr. Song on a job well done.
Student Awarded LEEC Research Grant
Congratulations to Zhen Xu, an RNR Ph.D. student working for Dr. Jun Xu for receiving a 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) research grant to assess the stable isotopes of dissolved oxygen and dissolved inorganic carbon in Catahoula Lake. Only nine projects were funding this cycle. Good job!
Electrofishing gives students look at fish diversity
Raynie Harlan, a research associate in the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of School of Renewable Natural Resources, returns from taking a group of students electrofishing on Lake Maurepas. The students, from left, are Ryan Gary, Matthew Repp, Geoffrey Rhode and Aaron Christie. Christie is securing the anodes that are used to send electrical currents through the water and temporarily stun the fish.
RUDDOCK, La. – With Lake Maurepas standing in for their classroom, LSU College of Agriculture students in the School of Renewable Natural Resources boarded a boat equipped with a generator and anodes. The anodes send electrical currents through the water to temporarily stun fish.
Associate professor Mike Kaller teaches the course, which covers quantitative techniques in habitat, water quality and fish population assessment in freshwater ecosystems. The class features hands-on activities that help the students learn the skills of their professions.
“We do stream and river sampling through electrofishing and seining. We do habitat management exercises. We do aging exercises to understand how fish are growing in different environments,” Kaller said.
See more photos, and the rest of the story on the LSU AgCenter Headline News page. Story and Photo by Tobie Blanchard.
An additional story, "LSU Professor Electrofishes with Classes" appears in the Daily Reveille.
Xi Sigma Pi Has A Busy Spring
On 28 March 2015, five students were initiated (left to right): Arnand Mishra, Whitney Kroschel, Mary Grace Lemon, Fan Zhang, and Shannon Kidombo. Congratulations to our newest members!
Regional Xi Sigma Pi Scholarship: Another Congratulations goes to undergraduate member James Donovan. He won second place in the 2015 Regional Xi Sigma Pi Scholarship Competition. James represented LSU to compete against applicants from seven other universities in the West Central region. James will receive a check for $500. Congratulations, James!
LSU has been doing very well in receiving this prestigious award, winning seven times in the last thirteen years. Recent winners are:
- 2015: James Donovan (2nd place)
- 2014: Kasie Dugas
- 2012: Benjamin Hogue
- 2010: Lauren Smith
- 2009: Ian Stone
- 2006: Matthew Reed
- 2004: Angela Secott
Apple Pie Seminar: As part of the chapter's yearly tradition, the Apple Pie Seminar was presented on 18 March 2015. Mr Warren Peters, a 1981 BSF graduate of the (then) LSU School of Forestry and Wildlife Management, was the featured speaker. As President of Peters Forest Resources, Inc, he spoke about the "Career Opportunities and Professional Development in the Forestry and Wildlife Industry". Warren gave valuable advice based on his perssonal experience and responded to questions abuot good curriculum choices and personal enrichment activities that would help current students in the working world. Thanks to Warren for the excellent insights.
Xi Sigma Pi, forestry honor society, was founded at the University of Washington on November 24, 1908. The objectives of Xi Sigma Pi are to secure and maintain a high standard of scholarship in forestry education, to work for the improvement of the forestry profession, and to promote a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest. Currently, Xi Sigma Pi has expanded its objectives to include honoring the academic achievements of students in fisheries, environmental, and wildlife sciences.
RNR Students Compete in Forestry Conclave
The most popular event at the Southern Forestry Conclave is the crosscut saw competition. LSU forestry and natural resource management students Hayden Carter and Ashley Tunstall saw through a 10” x 10” yellow poplar cant in 24 seconds. Stabilizing the cant holder are (l to r) Devyn Albin, James Donovan, Kevin Kohl, Christian Flucke and a student from La Tech. Applauding are Virginia Spencer and Christian Rossi. Additional students from La Tech are shown helping cheer the team, even though they were competitors.
Both Forestry Conclave and Wildlife conclave are featured in a story on the LSU AgCenter's News page. More images from the 58th Southern Forestry Conclave, hosted by Mississippi State, are also available on our Gallery Page. Congratulations to all of our students representing the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources!
Class Participates in Teal Release
Dr. Kevin Ringelman and Dr. Luke Laborde lead a field trip for RNR 4061/7012 at the Pinola Conservancy in Shreveport, Louisiana. The students participated in the release of newly banded blue-winged teal and green-winged teal. Check out the video to see the action.
Lt. Governor Speaks to Policy Class
Dr. Luke Laborde (right) introduces Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne (left) to the RNR 2039/2071-- Introduction to Natural Resources Policy class
Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne visited with over 50 students and faculty from RNR 2039 & 2071, Introduction to Natural Resources Policy. The class recently completed a segment on state government, reviewing the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Lt. Gov. Dardenne discussed the state budget process and forecast shortfall, and the role of the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism in oversight of the Louisiana Seafood Marketing and Promotion Board and tourism. Lt. Gov. Dardenne emphasized the importance of Louisiana's unique outdoor heritage, advertised under the banner, "Pick your passion!" Louisiana residents and tourists spend over $2.2 billion annually participating in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation in the state
Louisiana SAF Awards Outstanding Student
The Louisiana Society of American Foresters award for Outstanding LSU Student was presented to Hayden Carter at the 4-State SAF meeting in Texarkana, January 2015. Hayden is a junior in forestry at LSU and President of the Society of American Foresters Student Chapter at LSU. He currently works as an intern for Weyerhaeuser Company out of their southern Mississippi region and has plans of eventually owning his own business in the land and timber industry. Shown presenting the award are Dr. Rutherford (Director, RNR, right) and Dr. de Hoop (faculty advisor to the SAF Chapter, left).