Awards

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources alumni have been honored for their impact on the natural resources field by the University, the College of Agriculture and the department. 

The Old Masters program unites distinguished alumni across the University, while inspiring students to embody the value of the Boilermaker experience. The program, a Purdue tradition since 1950, aims to honor those who have given of themselves and achieved success in his or her own field. 

The Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association's Distinguished Ag Alumni Award was created in 1992 to recognize mid-career alumni of Purdue’s College of Agriculture. Honorees must have a demonstrated record of outstanding accomplishments, have made significant contributions to his/her profession or society in general, and exhibit high potential for future professional growth.

The Certificate of Distinction is the highest award of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association. It is intended to recognize those who have contributed significantly to agriculture, forestry or natural resources through professional accomplishments, activity in professional organizations, community service work, and other activities that make the nominees a credit to their profession.

The FNR Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to natural resources through professional accomplishment, activity in professional organizations, community service work and other activities to make a nominee a credit to their profession. 

The FNR Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni for demonstrating a record of outstanding accomplishments, having made significant contributions to his/her profession or society in general and exhibiting high potential for future professional growth. 

The FNR Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have excelled in professional and civic accomplishments and have graduate from Purdue FNR within the last 15 years. 

The Chase S. Osborn Award in Wildlife Conservation is presented by Purdue FNR to an individual who, by writing, research, teaching or other personal accomplishments has made significant contributions to wildlife conservation in the state of Indiana. 

The Chase S. Osborn Early Career Award was established in 2021.

A listing of FNR's recipients of each of the above awards is available by clicking the plus sign next to the award title below. 

FNR Alumni Awards

This list only contains recipients from the Forestry and Natural Resources Department. View more information and the full list: Old Masters Program.
2019 -  Leslie Holland-Bartels (Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources 1980)
2016 -  Charles E. Owubah (M.S., Ph.D. Natural Resource Management and Policy 1992, 1999)

This list only contains recipients from the Forestry and Natural Resources Department. View more information and the full list: Purdue's Agricultural Alumni Awards.

2022 - Stephen Creech (B.S. Forestry and Natural resources 1974)
2021 - David Hyink (Ph.D Forest Biometrics 1979)
2020 - William "Brad" Smith (B.S. Forestry 1975, M.S. Forestry 1977)
2019 - Stephen Shifley (B.S. Forest Production 1976, M.S. Forest Biometry 1978)
2018 - Ray Moistner
2017 - Tom Wiltrout (B.S. 1975, M.S. 1976)
2016 - John T. "Jack" Costello (B.S. Forestry 1985)
2015 - Scott Allen Jaimeson (B.S. Forestry 1984)
2014 - Robert D. Burke (B.S. Forestry and Natural Resources 1960)
2012 - Rolf O. Peterson (Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology 1974)

This list only contains recipients from the Forestry and Natural Resources Department. View more information and the full list: Purdue's Agricultural Alumni Awards.2021 - Amanda Wuestefeld (B.S. Wildlife Science 1996)

2020 - Kristen Page (B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Forestry and Natural Resources 1998)
2018 - Dr. Shibu Jose (MSFOR in 1994 and a PhD in 1997)
2017 -  Anthony Davis (M.S. 2003, Ph.D. 2006)
2016 -  Mary Beth Adams (B.S. 1980, M.S. 1982)
2014 -  Donald J. Leopold (Ph.D. Forest Ecology 1984)
2013 -  Charles E. Owubah (M.S., Ph.D. Natural Resource Management and Policy 1992, 1999)
2010 -  Eric J. Gustafson (Ph.D. Landscape Ecology 1992)
2008 -  Thomas R. Wiltrout (B.S., M.S. Forestry and Natural Resources 1975, 1976)
2007 -  F. Dominic Dottavio (Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources 1979)\
2006 -  Leslie Holland-Bartels (Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources 1980)
2004 -  Scott A. Jaimeson (B.S. Forestry and Natural Resources 1984)\
2003 -  Burnell C. "Burney" Fischer (B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Forestry 1969, 1971, 1974)
2001 -  John S. Castrale (B.S. Wildlife Management 1976)
1997 -  Thomas W. Hoekstra (B.S. Agriculture 1964; Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology 1971)
1996 -  Michael B. Strunk (B.S. Forestry and Natural Resources 1965)
1995 - L. David Mech (Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources 1962)

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who have provided long-time exceptional service and leadership in their profession, community and a continuing interest and loyalty to Purdue FNR. The recipient also must have provided significant contributions to natural resources through professional accomplishment, activity in professional organizations, community service work and other activities that make the nominee a credit to their profession.
2022 - Glenn Juday (Ph.D 1976)
2021 -
Stephen Creech (B.S. Forestry 1974)
2021 - Dr. Rolf Peterson (Ph.D. 1974)
2020 - Mary Beth Adams (B.S., M.S. Forestry 1982)
2019 - Steve Shifley (B.S., M.S.  Forestry Biometry 1978)

This list contains recipients who have been awarded by Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources for demonstrating record of outstanding accomplishments, have made significant contributions to his/her professional or society in general and exhibit high potential for future professional growth.
2022 - Dr. Petra Bohall Wood (M.S. 1984, Ph.D. 1992 Wildlife Ecology)
2021 - Dr. Robin Russell (Ph.D. 2003)
2021 - Dr. Todd Atwood (B.S., M.S. Wildlife Sciences 1999,2002)
2020 - Amanda Wuestefeld (B.S. Wildlife Sciences 1996)
2019 - Dr. Gregory Dahle (B.S. Forestry 1995, M.S. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 2004)

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have excelled in professional and civic accomplishments and have graduated from Purdue FNR within the last 15 years.

2022 - Seth Harden
2021 - Dr. Obed Hernandez-Gomez (Ph.D. 2017)
2020 - Benjamin Knapp (B.S. Forestry 2003)

2022 - Dr. Patrick Ruhl (Ph.D 2018)
2021 - Dr. Ken Kellner (M.S., Ph.D Forest Ecology 2012, 2015)

This award is presented by Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources to an individual who, by writing, research, teaching or other personal accomplishments has made significant contributions to wildlife conservation in the state of Indiana.
2021 - Scott Johnson
2021 - Mary Cutler (B.S. Recreation Resources and Nature Interpretation 1980)
2019 - Susan Ulrich
2017 - Dr. Benjamin Pauli
1997 - David C. Hudak
1995 - Dennis McGrath
1992 - Emily Kress