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  • Keith Woeste, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forestry, and Nick LaBonte, M.S. student working with Dr. Woeste, $5,000, Northern Nut Growers Association, "Assessing diversity of blight resistance genes in Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima Blume) by whole-genome resequencing of a diverse germplasm collection"
  • Kara Salazar, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist, $80,000, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Storms Grant Program, Tipping Points and Indicators: Engaging Great Lakes Coastal Communities in Planning for Stormwater Best Management Practices, 09/2014 – 08/2016
  • Kara Salazar, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist, $17,915, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Coastal Program Grant, Tipping Points and Indicators Program Development and Implementation in Northwest Indiana, 08/2014 – 12/2015
September 2014Yes


  • ​Andree SR, Feiner ZS, Bledsoe JW, Cragun AM, and Hook TO. 2014. Ontogenetic variability of maternal effects in an iteroparous fish. Ecology of Freshwater Fish DOI: 10.1111/eff.12153.
  • Coulter DP, Sepúlveda MS, Troy CD, Höök TO. (2014) Thermal habitat quality of aquatic organisms near power plant discharges: potential exacerbating effects of climate warming. Fisheries Management and Ecology 21:196-210.
  • DeWoody J.A. (2014) Heirloom genomes and bison conservation.  Review of "Americans Plains Bison Rewilding an Icon" by James A. Bailey.  Science, in press.
  • Flaherty, E.A., A.G. Noakes, and M. Ben-David. 2014. Success of saphenous venipuncture for field collection of blood from small mammals. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:428-432.
  • Flaherty, E.A., M. Ben-David, and J.N. Pauli. 2014.  A comparison of locomotor performance and cost of transport between the semi-arboreal Pacific marten and semi-aquatic mustelids. Canadian Journal of Zoology 92:259-266.
  • Gao J, Sepúlveda MS, Klinkhamer C, Wei A, Mahapatra C. (2014) Nanosilver-coated socks and their toxicity to zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos. Chemosphere. In Press.
  • Govindan, B.N., Z. Feng, Y. DeWoody, and R.K. Swihart.  2014.  Intermediate disturbance in experimental landscapes improves persistence of beetle metapopulations. Ecology, in press.
  • Jordan, C., A.M. Seliga, and E.A. Flaherty. 2014. GTA boot camp: a training program to prepare first-time graduate student teaching assistants. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE).
  • Jordan, C., E.A. Flaherty, and J.F. Prather. 2014. A curious mission: an analysis of Martian molecules. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.
September 2014Yes


  • Jeff Dukes, Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources/Bioscience, presented the Boston-Area Climate Experiment and did a demonstration soil respiration experiment on the Purdue Zip Trip "Plant Science: The Green Machine" on September 18, 2014. Approximately 100 schools participated.
  • Reuben Goforth, Associate Professor of Aquatic Ecosystems, was photographed with a common carp in an article in the 18th of September Monticello Herald Journal that chronicled the learning opportunities of a sixth grade class that took a rafting trip down the Wabash River.
September 2014Yes
 Faculty in the News

​Faculty News

  • Congratulations to Jeff Dukes, Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, on becoming the new Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center! We know the PCCRC is in good hands!
  • The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) has been evaluating and looking for ways to improve the way they conduct lumber inspector training. A computer lumber grading algorithm, developed by Rado Gazo, Professor of Wood Processing and Industrial Engineering, was used at the most recent NHLA Inspector Training School.  In a note of thanks to Dr. Gazo, Chief Inspector Dana Spessert noted that Rado’s training tool "will, no doubt, accelerate and improve the learning experience of new inspectors." Mr. Spessert was enthusiastic in his praise for the grading program and went on to say that "it will be of tremendous value in our Inspector Training School" and "will increase accuracy and speed of lumber inspection by taking over tasks that are easier for a computer to do thus allowing the human inspector to focus on more subjective tasks of defect identification and evaluation." Congratulations, Rado!
September 2014Yes


A new podcast series that began Thursday, June 19, 2014 connects Purdue University experts in nature and natural resources to a growing audience of people interested in the environment.
The "Got Nature?" podcasts offer science-based information on a wide range of issues, presented in an unscripted, conversational interview format. They will be offered on the third Thursday of each month. podcasts offer science-based information on a wide range of issues, presented in an unscripted, conversational interview format. They will be offered on the third Thursday of each month. podcasts offer science-based information on a wide range of issues, presented in an unscripted, conversational interview format. They will be offered on the third Thursday of each month. podcasts offer science-based information on a wide range of issues, presented in an unscripted, conversational interview format. They will be offered on the third Thursday of each month.

Archived Got Nature? podcasts can be found on the Purdue Agricultural Communications page.

We have new podcasts up and available for downloading:

  • Invasive Species Part II: Fei and Jenkins
    September 16, 2014
    Podcast: MP3
  • Invasive Species Part I: Woodland Landowners
    August 14, 2014
    Podcast: MP3
  • Using DNA Animals Leave Behind 
    August 6, 2014
    Podcast: MP3
  • What is Extension?
    July 14, 2014
    Podcast: MP3
  • Food Plots
    June 18, 2014
    Podcast: MP3
September 2014Yes
 Upcoming Calendar Events

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday and Tuesday, October 13 and 14, October Break (No classes)
  • Tuesday, October 21, FNR Department meeting, 8:30-10:00 am, PFEN 120
  • Lugar Farm Naming Event, November 11, FNR Farm
  • Monday and Tuesday, November 24 and 25, CoA Area promotions meetings
  • Tuesday, November 25, FNR Department meeting, 8:30-10:00 am, PFEN 120
  • Wednesday through Friday, November 26-28, Thanksgiving Vacation
  • Tuesday, December 9, FNR Appreciation Event, Deans Auditorium
  • Saturday, December 13, Classes End
  • Monday, December 15 through Saturday, December 20, Final Exams
  • Saturday, December 20, 9:00 pm, Semester ends
  • Sunday, December 21, Commencement (2 divisions) at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
September 2014Yes
 Special Feature

Turtles and dogs team up to save a species near endangerment

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Purdue Exponent
By KATE LEWIS, Features Editor, Purdue Exponent

One research project has taken on a whole new level of partnership, bringing together three universities, a team of dogs, wild turtles and public support.

It’s all being done to save the box turtle, a type of turtle found in the eastern United States from New York to Illinois. The species has been listed as a species of special concern with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources – the last step before endangerment. The turtles live up to 100 years in captivity, but right now their population is declining because of a new disease called the ranavirus.

Steve Kimble, a post-doctoral research assistant in Purdue’s department of Forestry and Natural Resources, has been interested in the box turtle since his graduate years. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the species and has since teamed up with the University of Illinois and Wabash College to carry out research right here in Indiana.

"(Box turtles) are already being threatened by habitat loss because there simply isn’t a lot of forest left," said Kimble. "Now, compounded with this disease ... they’re really at risk."
Read more

September 2014Yes

FNR welcomes two new staff members

The Department extends a warm welcome to Dawn Oliver and Tami Conn, who will join the department on Monday, October 6. Dawn comes to us from Faith Baptist School where she is a receptionist/clerical assistant. Dawn has great computer skills and a background that includes work in marketing and media. Tami joins us from the Office of Student Services in the College of Pharmacy. Before that Tami was a secretary/receptionist in the First-Year Engineering Program in the School of Engineering Education. She has been with the University since 2003. Dawn will be housed in FORS 107 and Dawn in PFEN G003. Please stop by their offices and welcome both to FNR.

September 2014Yes
 Graduate Honors and Awards

​Graduate Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to Ethan Belair, Graduate Research Assistant, for successfully defending his M.S. thesis on September 8th. Advisor Dr. Mike Saunders.
  • Congratulations to Kejia Pang, Ph.D., working with Dr. Charles H. Michler, who passed her Ph.D. defense on September 16th.
  • Congratulations to Patrick Ruhl, Graduate Research Assistant, who successfully defended his master’s thesis on September 19th. Advisor Dr. Barny Dunning.
September 2014Yes
 Graduate Program News

​Graduate Program News

  • Luis Villanueva-Rivera, Ph.D. student working with Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, has scheduled his dissertation for October 3rd.
  • Patrick Duffy, Graduate Research Assistant, scheduled his master’s thesis exam for December 2nd.
  • Casey Day, Graduate Research Assistant, scheduled his preliminary exam for September 29th.
  • Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist, scheduled his preliminary exam for November 18th.
  • Alex Cohen, Graduate Research Assistant, scheduled his master’s thesis defense for November 13th. 
September 2014Yes
 Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards

​Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to Eric A. Dean whose poster was 1 of 20 selected out of 143 presentations to be presented at the SURF banquet! Eric was a Purdue Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) student who conducted research with Paula M. Pijut, Adjunct Associate Professor of Forest Genetics, and Micah E. Stevens, Graduate Research Assistant, this summer.
  • Congratulations to Joseph Eisenger who won a best poster award at the 2014 SURF research symposium for his project titled, “Surveys of southern flying squirrel activity following timber harvest in southern Indiana.”  Joseph is a senior in the wildlife program conducting research with Liz Flaherty, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Habitat Management.
September 2014Yes
 Department News

​Department News

  • Congratulations to Kara Salazar, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist, and Michael Wilcox for receiving first runner up in the People’s Choice Award competition at the Annual Conference of the Community Development Society for their poster "Enhancing the Value of Indiana’s Public Spaces!"
  • Congratulations to Jason Hoverman, Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Ecology, and Lisa Hoverman on the birth of their son, Logan Henry Hoverman on Tuesday, September 2nd at 3:01 p.m.  Logan was 7 lbs 15 oz and 21 inches long. Dad claims he is already a Steelers fan!  Welcome to the FNR family, Logan! Hoverman Baby
  • Congratulations to Erik and Jeanne Osnas, PostDoctoral Scholar in Natural Resources, on the birth of their second daughter, Rosemary Elaine Osnas on July 5th.
Rosemary Osnas
September 2014Yes
 Alumni Updates

​Alumni News

  • Patrick Freeland is now an Academic and Career advisor for students pursuing a degree in Native Environmental Science at the Northwest Indian College. Patrick will help students identify and pursue internships, research positions, and further educational opportunities. He will also be teaching seminar courses which focus on indigenous knowledge systems, ecology, and climate change impacts and adaptation.  Congratulations, Patrick! Patrick received his Masters from FNR in May.
  • Kevin O’Brien recently moved to the Wisconsin Dells to work at Upham Woods, which is an extension of UW Madison on land donated in 1941 for specific outdoor educational opportunities. Kevin is a research naturalist doing seasonal work with DOTS boxes, Digital Observation Technology Skills, to get students out into nature and being scientists. Students get the opportunity to take measurements and use technology to help make the invisible visible. Some of the tools used are a Kestrel, IR imager, mobile microscope and iPad combo, trail cameras etc. Kevin has the kids navigate to waypoints with a GPS and take measurements at a couple different points, and he talks to them about scientific rigor and gets them acquainted with different technology, which he says is super fun and rewarding. Kevin also has joined onto the NARA, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, a project working with education and outreach teams to provide easily accessible materials to teachers for use in more formal classroom settings. He says he’s made some excellent connections through NARA.
  • Brad Bumgardner, a 2005 B.S. graduate, has received the Hoosier Hospitality Award. Bumgardner works for the Indiana Dunes State Park and was nominated by Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism. He was featured in many articles including Indiana DNR, The Michigan City News-Dispatch and
    “Indiana Dunes State Park offered between 800 and 850 programs last year, including those off-site, reaching about 105,000 people.

    Brad Bumgardner, an interpretive naturalist for the park who provided those numbers, estimates he probably handled about half of those programs.

    So it might not be much of a surprise that Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism, nominated Bumgardner for a Hoosier Hospitality Award, an honor he received Aug. 15 from Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

    Bumgardner started working with the state park system in 2001, while he was still a student at Purdue University-West Lafayette, where he majored in forestry and natural resources.

    His first job was at Pokagon State Park in Angola, where he’s from. Bumgardner has been at the dunes for seven years.

    In her nomination, Weimer said Bumgardner “is richly deserving of a Hoosier Hospitality Award because he goes above and beyond in attracting people to Indiana Dunes State Park for great programming, then he makes those he comes in contact with glad they visited.”
    Read the full article, Dunes naturalist wins Hoosier Hospitality Award, written by Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune.
  • Leslie SchreiberLeslie Schreiber, a 2007 B.S. graduate, is now the Greybull area biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
    "The Wyoming Game and Fish Department welcomes new Greybull Biologist Leslie Schreiber to the Cody Region. As the Greybull area biologist, Schreiber oversees the management of wildlife in the northeast portion of the Bighorn Basin. The Greybull biologist district encompasses the area west of the Bighorn Mountains divide from the Montana border south to Ten Sleep, and west into the Bighorn Basin (north of Basin) to the Bighorn/Park County line. Habitats are diverse ranging from alpine tundra in the Cloud Peak Wilderness, to saltbrush shrub habitats east of Basin.

    Schreiber said that she values the diversity of habitat and wildlife the Greybull area has to offer. “I am eager to work with the community to manage this world-class wildlife resource we have in our backyards,” Schreiber said. “I am looking forward to being a good steward of wildlife and applying science to make sound management decisions."
    Read more on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department site.
September 2014Yes
 Department Head Note
Ginkgo Gathering and Gala!
FNR welcomed students back to school with the annual Ginkgo Gathering. Over 50 freshmen and 100 upperclassmen attended, along with dozens of faculty, staff, graduate students, and family. The 90+ degree heat kept folks in the shady portions of Ag Mall but had little apparent effect on appetites! Students obtained faculty signatures and fellow student names to compete in raffle drawings sponsored by the student organizations. Dr. W.L. Mills, Dr. Mike Saunders, and Dr. Jim Beasley bravely manned the grills to prepare burgers and dogs. Many thanks to the Student Council for coordinating the event, and to all of you who attended – nice job!

Dr. Rob Swihart, Professor and Head

September 2011Yes


  • Purcell, Lindsey. (August, 2011). Tree Installation: Process and Practices. Extension publication: FNR-433-W.
  • Beasley, J. C., Z. H. Olson, G. Dharmarajan, T. S. Eagan, II, and O. E. Rhodes, Jr. (2011) Spatio-temporal variation the demographics attributes of a generalist mesopredator. Landscape Ecology, 26(7):937-950. Dr. Jeff Dukes, article on invasive species, global environment changes, photo of yellow starthistle
  • Yang, G, L.C. Bowling, K.A. Cherkauer and B.C. Pijanowski. In Press. The impact of urban development patterns on hydrologic regime from catchment to basin scales. Landscape and Urban Planning.
  • Pijanowski, B.C., N. Moore, D. Mauree and D. Niyogi. (In Press) Evaluating error propagation in coupled land-atmosphere models. Earth Interactions.
  • Pijanowski, B.C., and A. Farina. (2011). Introduction to the special issue on soundscape ecology. Landscape Ecology.
  • Pijanowski, B.C., A. Farina, S. Dumyahn, B. Krause, and S. Gage. (2011) What is soundscape ecology? Landscape Ecology.
  • Villanueva-Rivera L., B.C. Pijanowski, J. Doucette, and B. Pekin. (2011) A primer of acoustic analysis for landscape ecologists. Landscape Ecology.
  • Dumyahn, S.L., and B.C. Pijanowski. (2011) Soundscape conservation. Landscape Ecology.
  • Dumyahn, S.L., and B.C. Pijanowski. (2011) Beyond noise mitigation: Soundscapes as common-pool resources. Landscape Ecology.
  • Dukes, J.S., N.R. Chiariello, S.R. Loarie, and C.B. Field. 2011. Strong response of an invasive plant species (Centaurea solstitialis L.) to global environmental changes. Ecological Applications 21 (cover of September 2011 Ecological Society of America (EAS) Volume 21 No. 6 pictured right).
September 2011Yes
  • Beasley, J. USDA-APHIS, “Evaluation of bait distribution methods.” $38,379
September 2011Yes
 Graduate Program News
Graduate Program News
  • Kate Mulvaney has scheduled her preliminary exam for September 19th. Good luck, Kate!
September 2011Yes
In the News
  • Barny Dunning will present the 2011 Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Lecture on Monday, September 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Deans Auditorium. “Teaching the Controversy: Environmental Issues in the Modern World.” A reception will follow in the Pfendler Gallery.
  • Scott Jamieson has an article featured in the Summer 2011 issue of Hoosier Arborist. The article is entitled “Lead with Safety. Lead with the Heart.” Scott is Vice President of Bartlett Tree Experts and is the current Chair of the Tree Care Industry Association. He is a former board member of the National Safety Council and PLANET.
  • Rick Meilan’s work on poplars as a biofuel was featured in a story published in the August 2011 issue of Electric Consumer.
  • Lindsey Purcell is the Executive Director of the Indiana Arborist Association. There is a great picture of him (even if they did misspell his name) and Senator Lugar at Arbor Day activities in the Summer 2011 issue of Hoosier Arborist. In the same issue, Lindsey’s Executive Director’s message is on sales.
  • Tanya Aldred and her research on American marten (Waabizheshi) were featured in a story that appeared in Mazina’igan, A Chronicle of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, published by the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). Tanya is GLIFWC’s new wildlife biologist. She completed her M.S. with Pat Zollner.
September 2011Yes
New HTIRC Scientist
  • Shaneka S. Lawson, currently completing her Ph.D. in FNR, will assume her new duties as a Research Plant Physiologist on October 10, 2011. She will be employed as a Forest Service scientist within HTIRC. In addition to other roles within the HTIRC mission, she will study the various environmentally-induced parameters that differentiate tropical hardwood populations that drive tropical hardwood genetic improvement. Congratulations, Shaneka!
September 2011Yes
 Department News
Department News
  • Welcome to Miles Richard Dumyahn, son of Sarah and Joe Dumyahn. Miles greeted the world on Monday, August 8 at 3:45 AM, weighed 7.02 lbs. and was 19 inches long. Everyone is doing well! Congrats, Mom & Dad! Sarah Dumyahn is a PhD student working with Dr. Bryan Pijanowski.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Songlin Fei and his wife, Nicole Kong, who welcomed their daughter, Melody Fei, on Monday, August 29 at 7:59 a.m.. Melody weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Everyone is doing well. Dr. Fei is new to FNR teaching Natural Resources Measurement and Natural Resources Quantitative Methods.
  • Congratulations to Mary Schott – one of five students who are GreenMakers! Mary works with Paula Pijut.
September 2011Yes
Funding Opportunities
  • NIFA North Central SARE Youth and Youth Educator Grants. Upper limit: $2,000. NCR-SARE Youth & Youth Educator Grants are intended to provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about Sustainable Agriculture, defined as farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible. Please note that 21st Century Farming involves growing food and fiber and can include market gardens and urban agriculture. There are two options:
    1. Youth Grants - Grants for on-farm research, demonstration, or education projects by youth ages 8-18. Research and demonstration projects are for hands-on efforts to explore Sustainable Agriculture issues and practices. Education projects can involve teaching others about Sustainable Agriculture or attending a Sustainable Agriculture conference, workshop, or camp.
    2. Youth Educator Grants - Grants for educators to provide programming on Sustainable Agriculture for youth. NCR-SARE encourages applicants to be creative and innovative, and to work directly with local farmers and ranchers who practice Sustainable Agriculture. Contact: Joan Benjamin, Deadline: January 12.
  • Land-Cover/Land-Use Change for Early Career Scientists – NASA ROSES. Amount: ca. $240,000. This solicitation will contribute to NASA's general goal of developing a new generation of scientists capable of undertaking integrated earth science research. The NASA Land-Cover Land-Use Change (LCLUC) program supports research at the intersection of physical and social science involving the use of remotely sensed data. The program encourages the development of early career scientists that excel in this area of research. Proposals need to be aligned with the LCLUC program goals and themes. Thus, all the topics on LCLUC are welcome. However, of special interest for this solicitation is the topic of differences in land cover and land use across political borders, explaining and attributing these differences to their primary causes. Differences in land management caused by different institutional, political, social, or economic factors on the two sides of the border can lead to marked differences in patterns of land-use and land-cover change, often revealed by satellite imaging. For example, differences in field patterns between the USA and Mexico and between Eastern European countries following the breakup of the Soviet Union are well depicted by satellite images. Such borders provide an opportunity for analyzing land-use patterns and their underlying causes to improve understanding of social processes and human-environment interactions. Proposals studying non-U.S. regions should have an explicit collaboration with one or more regional partners. The LCLUC Program has a special place in NASA Earth Science in developing interdisciplinary approaches combining aspects of physical and social science, with a high level of societal relevance. For a proposal to be competitive, it must include a social science component, such as the use of socioeconomic data or a socioeconomic model, as an integral part of the study, preferably based on available data or data being collected by an ongoing study funded by another agency. The NASA LCLUC program will only support proposals with a strong remote sensing component. The use of data from U.S. Earth-observing satellites in general, and those of NASA in particular, is encouraged. However, the use of non-U.S. and commercial satellites having relevant data holdings is of interest to the program. The program encourages data fusion from various sources with different special resolution and different parts of the solar and microwave spectra. Proposals that undertake fusion of data from various sources of Landsat-type data (e.g., Landsat, IRS, CBERS, SPOT), with coarser and/or higher resolution data, as well as radar observations, are welcome. This latter approach may provide better temporal and spatial coverage and pave the way to a Land Surface Imaging constellation paradigm for future systems. Special attention should be given to the dissemination of data and products associated with the proposed research. Deadline: Dec. 1. Contact: Dr. Garik Gutman,
September 2011Yes
 Upcoming Calendar Events

Upcoming Calendar Events
Monday, September 5

  • Labor Day (University Holiday – No classes)
Monday, September 19
  • Barny Dunning presents the 2011 Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Lecture. “Teaching the Controversy: Environmental Issues in the Modern World.” 3:30-4:00 p.m. Deans Auditorium. Followed by reception in Pfendler Gallery.
Friday, September 23
  • FNR department meeting, 3:30 p.m., PFEN 120
Monday & Tuesday, October 10 & 11
  • October Break
Friday, October 28
  • FNR department meeting, 3:30 p.m., PFEN 120
Friday, November 18
  • FNR department meeting, 3:30 p.m., PFEN 120
Wednesday through Saturday, November 23
  • Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, December 8
  • FNR holiday luncheon – 11:30 a.m., Deans Auditorium & Pfendler Gallery
Friday, December 9
  • FNR department meeting, 3:30 p.m., PFEN 120
Saturday, December 10
  • Classes end
Monday through Saturday, December 12-17
  • Final exams
Saturday, December 17
  • Semester ends
September 2011Yes

Science News, Battle for the BatsScience News
Helping Bats Hold On
Scientists seek a savior as a deadly fungal pandemic explodes through vulnerable colonies
By Janet Raloff
September 10th, 2011; Vol.180 #6 (p. 22)

When Donald McAlpine and his colleagues broke through a snow barricade at the entrance to a cave in New Brunswick this March, bat carcasses covered the floor. The biologists had been conducting winter surveys throughout the Canadian province for two years, monitoring the health of hibernating bats. As of early winter, all appeared healthy. But now hosts of corpses lay shrouded in a pale fungus.

Dreaded white-nose syndrome — a virulent fungal infection — had clearly arrived.
Ind. sees progress combatting invasive kudzu vines
(Article was also in Chicago Tribune, August 19, 2011)
Associated Press
August 20, 2011

Indiana is making progress in its yearslong campaign to kill stands of the fast-growing vine kudzu that are smothering parts of the state beneath leafy tangles, state officials said.

The Herald-Times reports ( that there are 133 known kudzu sites in 36 Indiana counties where the invasive vine that is native to Asia have taken root, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Durward Allen to be honored
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame Adds 8 Members
by Outdoor Hub
September 1, 2011

Two renowned researchers, a noted bird watcher, an outdoor writer, and four others active in preserving historic or natural resources make up the third class of inductees to the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame.

The list includes Ian Rolland of Fort Wayne, Richard Ford of Wabash, and Kenn Kaufman of Rocky Ridge, Ohio. The other five – all deceased – are Durward Allen, William “Bill” Barnes, Louis H. Dunten, David Starr Jordan, and “Bayou” Bill Scifres.

September 2011Yes
 Department News
  • Welcome to FNR, Diana Evans!  Diana replaces Karen Schneider as our Extension Information Coordinator.  She also will serve as the building deputy for FORS.  Diana brings a wealth of experience to the position, serving 8 years in Civil Engineering where she worked on web site design and management as well as filling a variety of administrative assistant roles.  Her family has recently moved back to West Lafayette from Atlanta.  Diana is located in FORS 107.  As she gets settled in to her new digs, please stop by to introduce yourself and welcome Diana to FNR!
  • Bryan Pijanowski’s work was featured in a news release entitled “Slowing urban sprawl, adding forests curb floods and help rivers”.  See
  • Barny Dunning and our summer camp students were featured in a news story in the upper Peninsula.  See the video:
  • Jennifer McCreight created a media sensation at the end of the spring semester when she opted to test a hypothesis put forth by an Iranian cleric.  In addition to interviews from CNN, BBC, CBS, etc., Jennifer, who worked as an undergraduate in Andrew DeWoody’s lab, was featured on the Colbert Report (   Jennifer has now begun her graduate studies at University of Washington.

Congratulations . . .

  • Congratulations to Jackie Adams on the birth of Liliana Grace Rivera on May 21!  Liliana was born at 9:42 a.m., weighs 7 pounds 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long.  Everyone is doing great!
  • Congratulations to Phil (Grandpa) Pope and his son and daughter-in-law (Greg and Kristen) on the birth of Lillian (Lilly) Mabel Pope, born May 30, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.   Lilly weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long at birth.  Mom and Lilly are doing great.  Grandpa foresees frequent trips to Austin, TX in his future.
  • Congratulations to the Smysers on the birth of their son, Hayden Cirrus Smyser.  Hayden made his entrance on June 30th at 11:47 p.m.  He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21.75 inches long.
September 2010Yes
 Alumni Updates
  • Jervis E. Thomas, B.S. ’56, Greenville, Ohio, married Roma Hicks on May 29.  His previous wife, Lois Jean Thomas, died in 2009.
  • Mary Beth Adams, B.S. ’80, M.S. ’82, Elkins, W. Va., in November was named a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, the highest recognition the society bestows. Picture:
  • Kimberly (Darville) Horton, B.S. ’96, Oak Harbor, Wash., moved to Washington in 2009 with her husband and started her career as a park ranger at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island.
September 2010Yes
 Department Head Note

Boiler Up, and Let the Fall 2010 Semester Begin!!

Welcome to those who are just beginning their time here in Forestry and Natural Resources, and welcome back to the rest of you grizzled veterans! The Spotting Scope is a departmental newsletter that strives to update you on department news, activities and events. Please send FNR department information to Marlene Mann.

It’s been a busy and productive summer. Listed below are some of those accomplishments. Have a great Fall 2010!

Rob Swihart, Head of Forestry and Natural Resources

September 2010Yes
  • Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera was awarded a research fellowship from the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) in the amount of $3,000. This award will cover travel expenses and field station fees for graduate research at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. La Selva is one of the most important sites for tropical ecology research in the world. Luis will study the use of automated sound recorders to monitor complex anuran communities and to answer ecological questions related to land use and climate change impacts on chorusing patterns of tropical frogs and toads.
  • Sarah Dumyahn received a prestigious EPA STAR Fellowship for her Soundscape Conservation work.
September 2010Yes
  • Benjamin, Tamara and Gibson, Kevin, $149,746, USDA/CSREES, “Multicultural perspectives on sustainable agriculture: lessons from Costa Rica”
  • Brown, Paul, $10,000, University of Illinois/NOAA, “Food webs in the 21st century: exploration of new enabling technologies to understand and predict changes in aquatic food webs and impacts on ecosystems”
  • Cassens, Daniel, $250, Wabash River RC&D, “Martell Forest Field Day”
  • Cassens, Daniel, $5,527.61, Vance Publishing Corp., voluntary support
  • Chapman, Robert and Williams, Rod, $500, IN Chapter of Wildlife Society, voluntary support.
  • DeWoody, J,Andrew, $9,975, University of Illinois/NOAA, “Genomic resources in Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser Fulvescens)”
  • DeWoody, J.Andrew, $16,795, PRF Research Grant 2010-11, “Comparative historical demography: migrant and breeding resistant birds from Hispaniola”
  • Dukes, Jeffrey and Lowe, Zachary, $161,054, IN Department of Transportation, “Integrated vegetation management (IVM) for INDOT roadsides”
  • Dukes, Jeffrey, $85,000, Pennsylvania State University (DOE), “The Boston-area climate experiment: a gradient-based approach for characterizing ecosystem responses to warming and precipitation change”
  • Dukes, Jeffrey, $99,432, National Science Foundation, “RCN: Integrated network for terrestrial ecosystem research on feedback to the atmosphere and climate: Linking experimentalists, ecosystem modelers and Earth systems modelers”
  • Dunning, John,B., $7,961, Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada, “FNR 460 Canadian 2010 Student Aid”
  • Fox, Thomas, Robert Harrison, Douglass Jacobs and Brian Strahm. $195,078. National Science Foundation. “Use of stable isotopes to trace the fate of applied nitrogen in forest plantations to evaluate fertilizer efficiency and ecosystem impacts”
  • Hinchey-Malloy, Elizabeth, $60,000, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Adm., “Great Lakes collaboration pollution prevention and burn barrel reduction”
  • Hook, Tomas and Bowen Gabriel, $67,049, University of Illinois/NOAA, “Constructing the nearshore Lake Michigan food web using multiple trophic indicators”
  • Hook, Tomas, $13,300, State of Minnesota, “Midwest Glacial Lake Partnership”
  • Hook, Tomas, $78,463, University of Michigan/NOAA, “Forecasting the causes, consequences and potential solutions for Hypoxia in Lake Erie”
  • Hook, Tomas, Sepulveda,Maria, and Troy,Cary, $49,019, Electric Power Research Institute, “Bioenergetics approaches to evaluate potential positive and negative impacts of thermal discharge on Ohio River fishes”
  • Jacobs, Douglass, $5,000, American Chestnut Foundation, “Effects of phytophthora cinnamomi rands on nutrient uptake and water relations of American Chestnut seedlings under varying pH”
  • Jacobs, Douglass, $76,913, IN Department of Natural Resources, “Phytotoxicity and residual herbicide activity associated with competition control for establishment of American chestnut and oaks on reclaimed mine sites”
  • Jenkins, Michael, $100,000, USDA Forest Service, “Carbon sequestration in the central hardwood region: what are the relative contributions of primary and managed secondary forests”
  • Meilan, Richard, $10,000, Mary S. Rice Farm Estate, “Fertigating poplar plantations to assess effects on productivity”
  • Meilan, Richard, $150, IN Arborist Association, voluntary support
  • Meilan, Richard, $44,744, Futuragene, Inc., voluntary support for CPBR
  • Meilan, Richard, $49,975, CBD Technologies, LTD, voluntary support
  • Meilan, Richard, $68,994, Consortium Plant Biotechnology Res Inc. “Improving Water Relations of Populus for use as a Bio-energy crop”
  • Meilan, Richard, $8,000, Motion Picture Marine, voluntary support
  • Michler, Charles, $1,000, IN Chapter of American Chestnut Foundation, voluntary support
  • Michler, Charles, $10,000, American Chestnut Foundation, voluntary support
  • Michler, Charles, $235,000, USDA Forest Service, “Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center”
  • Michler, Charles, $35,000, USDA Forest Service, “Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center”
  • Michler, Charles, $5,251, North Carolina State University (NSF), “Center for tree genetics-NCSU”
  • Michler, Charles, $8,000, National Science Foundation “Collaborative research center for advanced forestry systems”
  • Miller, Brian, Quagrainie, Kwamena, Einstein, Mark, Dorworth, Leslie and McComick, Robert, $341,392, University of Illinois/NOAA, “2010-2013 Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program Omnibus”
  • Pijanowski, Bryan, $322,045, US Geological Survey, “Land change analysis and modeling to support the multi-scale assessment of land use and climate change impacts on the nation’s fish habitat”
  • Prokopy, Linda, $4,000, University of Wisconsin, “Understanding how Midwestern agriculture adapt to climate change: proposal development meeting proposal”
  • Purcell, Lindsey, $1,000, Duke Energy Foundation, voluntary support
  • Purcell, Lindsey, $4,550, IN Department of Natural Resources, “Good Tree Works Program”
  • Purcell, Lindsey, $6,000, Duke Energy Foundation, voluntary support
  • Purcell, Lindsey, $600, IN Department of Natural Resources, “2010 Arbor Day Education Program”
  • Rhodes, Olin,E., $26,190, USDA/APHIS, “Use of trapping point transect and spatially explicit capture-recapture to estimate the density of raccoons and using spatial data to increase trap-based detection for raccoons”
  • Rode, Robert and Quagrainie, Kwamena, $6,000, Mary S. Rice Farm Estate, “Management of a eutrophic pond for aquaculture production”
  • Rowe, Helen, Dukes, Jeffrey, Holland, Jeffrey and Gramig, Benjamin, $445,092, USDA/NIFA, “The role of land use and management in maximizing conservation biocontrol and carbon sequestration in agorecosystems”
  • Sepúlveda, Maria and Hook, Tomas, $127,540, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, “Effects of lampricides on target and non-target species: from protein expression to ecological consequences”
  • Sepúlveda, Maria, $30,371, USDA/ARS, “Effects of long-term low-salinity exposure on physiological parameters and transcriptome of the Florida pompano”
  • Sepúlveda, Maria S., $13,000, IN Water Resources Research Center, “First assessment of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the Upper Wabash River, Indiana”
  • Swihart,Robert, $13,500, E.I. DuPont Demours and Company, voluntary support
  • Swihart,Robert, $17,473, IN Forest Woodland Owners Association, “IFWOA”
  • Swihart,Robert, $17,473, Walnut Council, “Walnut Council”
  • Swihart,Robert, $3,000, IN Arborists Association, Inc., voluntary support
  • Swihart,Robert, $3,000, Indiana Arborists Association, voluntary support
  • Swihart,Robert, $8,000, Dow Agrosciences, LLC, voluntary support
  • Swihart,Robert, Kalb,Rebecca, Saunders, Michael, Jenkins, Michaels, Dunning, John,B, Williams, Rod, MacGowan,Brian and Holland,Jeff, $516,072, IN Department of Natural Resources, “Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment-Phase 2”
  • Thomas Fox, Robert Harrison, Douglass Jacobs and Brian Strahm. $195,078. National Science Foundation. “Use of stable isotopes to trace the fate of applied nitrogen in forest plantations to evaluate fertilizer efficiency and ecosystem impacts”
  • Waser, Peter and DeWoody, J.Andrew, $16,875, National Science Foundation, Integrating genetics information into demographic models of linked populations”
  • Zollner, Patrick and Shao,Guofan, $180,076, IN Department of Natural Resources, “Habitat conservation plan development and implementation for the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalist) on Indiana state forests”
  • Zollner, Patrick, $13,500, IN Department of Natural Resources,, “Using virtual ecology techniques to inform the recreational planning of Fort Harrison State Park”
  • Zollner, Patrick, $16,795, PRF Research Grant 2010-11, “Incorporating spatially explicit considerations into estimates of detection and occupancy probabilities for wildlife”
September 2010Yes
  • Amberg, J.J., Goforth, R., Stefanavage, T. and Sepúlveda, MS.  2010.  Sexually dimorphic gene expression in the gonad and liver of shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus).  Fish Physiology and Biochemistry.  In Press.  DOI 10.1007/s10695-009-9369-8.
  • Beasley, Rochelle R. and Pijut, Paula M. 2010. Invasive plant species in hardwood tree plantations. USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, and Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. FNR-230-W.
  • Britzke, E. R., Duchamp, J.E., Murray, K.L., Swihart, R.K. and Robbins, L.W.  2010.  Acoustic identification of bats in the eastern United States: A comparison of parametric and nonparametric methods.  Journal of Wildlife Management.  Accepted.
  • Carlson-Bremer, D., Norton, T.M., Gilardi, K.V., Dierenfeld, E.S., Winn, B., Sanders, F.J., Cray, C., Oliva, M., Chen, T.C., Gibbs, S.E., Sepúlveda, M.S. and Johnson, C.K.  2010.  Health assessment of American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus palliatus) in Georgia and South Carolina.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46:772–780.
  • Dalgleish, Harmony J., Koons, David N., Hooten, Mevin B., Moffet, Corey A., and Adler, Peter B. in press. Climate influences the demography of three dominant sagebrush steppe plants. Ecology.
  • Eo, S.H. & DeWoody, J.A. 2010 Evolutionary rates of mitochondrial genomes correspond to diversification rates and to contemporary species richness in birds and reptiles.  Proceedings of the Royal Society, in press.
  • Laban G, Nies LF, Turco RF, Bickham JW, Sepúlveda MS.  (2010).  The effects of silver nanoparticles on development of fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) embryos.  Ecotoxicology 19:185-195.
  • Lichti, N. I., and R. K. Swihart.  2010.  Estimating utilization distributions with kernel versus local convex hull methods.  Journal of Wildlife Management.  Accepted.
  • McDonnell, L.M., Coleman, H.D., French, D.G., Meilan, R., and Mansfield, S.D. 2010. Engineering trees with target traits. In: Forests and Genetically Modified Trees. An IUFRO Taskforce Report (in press).
  • Meilan R., Huang, Z., and Pilate, G. 2010. Biotechnology (GMO) techniques. In: Forests and Genetically Modified Trees. An IUFRO Taskforce Report (in press).
  • Morrissey, R.C., Jacobs. D.F., Davis, A.S., and Rathfon, R.A. 2010. Survival and competitiveness of Quercus rubra regeneration associated with planting stocktype and harvest opening intensity. New Forests (In press).
  • Puértolas, J., Oliet, J.A., Jacobs, D.F., Benito, L.F., and Peñuelas, J.L. 2010. Is light the key factor for success of tube shelters in forest restoration plantings under Mediterranean climates? Forest Ecology and Management (In press).
  • Ralston-Hooper, K.J., Adamec, J., Jannash, A., Mollenhauer, R., Ochoa-Acuña, H. and Sepúlveda, M.S.  (2010).  Use of GCxGC/TOF-MS and LC/TOF-MS for metabolomic analysis of Hyalella azteca chronically exposed to atrazine and Its primary metabolite, desethylatrazine.  Journal of Applied Toxicology.  In Press.
  • Sanchez, B.C., Carter, B.J., Hammers, H.R. and Sepúlveda, M.S.  (2010).  Transcriptional response of hepatic largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) mRNA upon exposure to environmental contaminants.  Journal of Applied Toxicology.  In Press.
  • Sanchez, B.C., Ralston-Hooper, K. and Sepúlveda, M.S.  (2010).  A review of recent proteomic applications in aquatic toxicology.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  In Press.
  • Sepúlveda, M.S., Stefanavage, T., and Goforth, R.  (2010).  First record of Polypodium sp. parasitizing eggs from female shovelnose sturgeon from the Wabash River, Indiana. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 22:36-38.
  • Yin-Ming, K., Sepúlveda, M.S., Hua, I., Ochoa-Acuña, H.G. and Sutton, T.M.  (2010).  Biomagnification and trophic transfer of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in a food web of Lake Michigan.  Ecotoxicology 19:623-634.
  • Yin-Ming, K., Sepúlveda, M.S., Sutton, T.M., Ochoa-Acuña, H.G., Muir, A.M., Miller, B. and Hua, I.  2010.  Bioaccumulation and biotransformation of decabromodiphenyl ether in juvenile lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis).  Ecotoxicology 19:751-760.
September 2010Yes
 Graduate Program News

Congratulations to the following students…

  • Aaron Thompson passed his dissertation defense on May 20th. 
  • Bradley Baumgarner successfully defended his dissertation on June 17th.
  • Youran Fan successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on July 13th.
  • Tim Smyser successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on July 7th .
  • Michael Wellman successfully defended his masters thesis on July 15th.
  • Benjamin Pauli successfully defended his Master’s thesis on June 30th.
  • Zhihua (Andy) Pei successfully defended his dissertation on July 12th.
  • William DeBoer successfully defended his masters thesis defense on July 20th.
  • Suman Maity successfully passed his prelims on August 6th.
September 2010Yes
 Study Abroad

The study abroad course to the Maritime Provinces finished with week with a flourish.  After spending the first week in New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia, we traveled during the last two weeks to Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia, with a free day in Halifax. On Prince Edward Island we toured several portions of the main national park (which features many sand dune and beach habitats) and a sustainable forestry initiative called Macphail Woods. Some students also toured Green Gables - the countryside made famous in the young adult book called Anne of Green Gables.

Restoration efforts for MacPhil Woods Ecological Forestry Project, Prince Edward Island's Acadian Forests.

During the free day in Halifax most of the group went on a whale watching trip organized by Purdue student Amanda Smith.  We saw northern minke whales and gray seals on the 2 hour trip.  In northern Nova Scotia we toured Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a truly wild and gorgeous headlands region lining the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  We also took a tour boat to some islands that host a number of breeding seabirds including the famous Atlantic Puffins.  From the boat captain we learned many a disparaging word about Bald Eagles.    The final week has been spent at the University of New Brunswick with the five student groups preparing their final oral presentations.  All of the faculty involved agreed that this has been one of the best student groups that we have ever had in the 15 years of the course.  Next year's course will focus on sustainable agriculture and land use in the Baltic Sea region.  We are tentatively plan to starting in Sweden and swing through Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
September 2010Yes
 Upcoming Calendar Events

Monday, August 30
FNR department meeting, 3:30 p.m. PFEN 120

Thursday, September 2
FNR Gingko Gathering, 5:30 p.m.

Monday, September 6
Labor Day - University Holiday.  No classes!

Wednesday, September 8
Quantitative Ecology group meeting, 3:00 p.m., FORS 208

Thursday, September 9
FNR Department lunch.  All interested parties should meet on the front steps

Friday, September 10
Academic Council meeting, 9 a.m., AGAD 128

More calendar FNR activities can be  found at
September 2010Yes
 Department Head Note

Compass Find your way with the Compass!

The most recent issue of Compass is now available! For those of you who don’t know, Compass is a magazine produced by the FNR Graduate Student Council to highlight accomplishments of graduate student researchers. The current issue was edited by Kimberly Robinson, with assistance from Jamie Nogle, Cecilia Hennessy, Kejia Pang, Conor Keitzer, and Youran Fan. Associate Professor Rick Meilan served as the faculty advisor. The issue contains articles ranging from figure in poplar to genetics of eastern box turtles, and everything in between. Compass is available on the FNR web site, so check it out!!

Rob Swihart, Professor & Head of Forestry and Natural Resources

October Two 2010No
 Special Feature

FNR hosts Senator LugarSenator Lugar Visit to FNR

U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar visited Purdue on October 20 and spent 2 hours in FNR learning about activities related to forestry.  Senator Lugar was briefed on the hardwood scanning project, several initiatives being undertaken by HTIRC, and the Lugar-Purdue Future of Forestry Program.  Thanks to all who helped in planning and presentations, including Jerry Stillings, Marlene Mann, Janis Gosewehr, and Marsha Stultz.  Rado Gazo, Eva Haviarova, Paula Pijut, Liz Jackson, Keith Woeste, and Ralph Johnson did a great job representing FNR.  Special thanks to Dean Jay Akridge for participating in the briefings and showing his support for FNR programs.

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  • MacGowan, B. J.   Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., Voluntary Support ($1,730.53) (PI).
  • MacGowan, B. J.  Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation, Voluntary Support ($2,000) (PI).
  • Sorte, C. (PI), Dukes, J., Lawler, J. (Co-PIs). “Climate change and invasive species: are non-natives poised for greater success in future climatic conditions?” 2010-2011. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, $65,625.
October Two 2010No


  • Robichaud, R. L., Glaubitz, J. C., Rhodes, O. E., & Woeste, K.  (2010) Genetic consequences of harvest in a mature second-growth stand of black walnut (Juglans nigra L.).  Annals of Forest Science, Volume 67, Number 7. Available online at  Log in with the following identifiers:  Login: f09281  Password: vuaqu.
  • Urban, N. A., and R. K. Swihart.  2011.  Small mammal responses to forest management for oak regeneration in southern Indiana.  Forest Ecology and Management.  In press.
  • Woeste, K. E., Blanche, S. B., Moldenhauer, K. A., and Nelson, D.  (2010) Plant breeding and rural development in the United States.  Crop Science 50:1625-1632.
October Two 2010No
 Extension Publications

Extension Publications

  • MacGowan, B. J. The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment – Part 1, The Woodland Steward, Vol. 19, No. 2, September 2010
October Two 2010No
 Extension Events and Workshops

Extension Events, Workshops and Conferences

  • MacGowan, B. J. Natural Resources Enterprises Workshop, Rising Sun, Indiana, September 8, 2010 (n=36)
  • MacGowan, B. J. Natural Resources Enterprises Workshop, Thorntown, Indiana, September 9, 2010 (n=48) The Natural Resource Enterprises Workshops are designed for rural landowners interested in learning about developing enterprises utilizing the natural resources on their property or learning more about wildlife habitat and business management.  Each workshop is held on privately-owned property that is managed for agriculture, forestry, and/or other conventional land uses and has successfully integrated a fee-based enterprise(s) with examples of habitat management techniques.
  • MacGowan, B. J. Furbearer Trapping and Management Short Course, LaGrange, Indiana, September 12-18, 2010 (n=58) Target Audience: Wildlife control professionals, conservation officers, wildlife biologists, university researchers.  Attendees learn capture methods for various furbearers using foothold traps, body-grip traps, and snares.  Various specialty traps (e.g., feral hog corral traps, Hancock traps).  Wildlife diseases transmissible to humans, population dynamics of furbearers, furbearer population ecology, lure application and use, and trap modification and repair are also taught.  Optional evening sessions also included seminars on a variety of techniques and issues for nuisance wildlife control operators.  Fifty-eight people from 24 states attended the program.
October Two 2010No
 Extension Presentations

Extension Presentations

  • MacGowan, B. J. Furbearer Population Dynamics and Management, Furbearer Trapping and Management Short Course, LaGrange, Indiana, September 14, 2010
  • MacGowan, B. J. Reptiles and Amphibians of Ohio, Ohio Farm Science Review, September 28, 2010
  • MacGowan, B. J. Forest Wildlife Management, Ohio Farm Science Review, September 28, 2010
  • MacGowan, B. J. Reptiles and Amphibians of Ohio, Ohio Farm Science Review, September 29, 2010
  • MacGowan, B. J. Ecology and Natural History of Amphibians and Reptiles, Hancock County Master Naturalist Program, September 22, 2010
October Two 2010No
 Invited Talks

Invited Talks

  • Dukes, J.S.  Interactions of environmental change, invasion, and community assembly:  Perspectives from the field.  Institute of Ecology and Botany, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Sept. 20, 2010.
  • Dukes, J.S.  How will terrestrial ecosystems respond to (and affect) the future climate?  Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, 2010.
  • Dukes, J.S., Höppner, S.S., Suseela, V.  Responses of an old-field ecosystem to twelve combinations of warming and precipitation change.  Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, 2010. Dukes, J.S.  A Warmer and Weedier Future? Challenges and new opportunities in a changing world (keynote lecture).  Annual Meeting of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, Crystal River, 2010.
  • Dukes, J.S.  The Boston-Area Climate Experiment: Toasting Nature.  University of California, San Diego, 2010.
  • Dukes, J.S.  Invasive species and climate change:  Invasions in a Changing Global Environment (keynote symposium).  Joint annual meeting of the Society for Range Management and the Weed Science Society of America, Denver, 2010.
  • Dukes, J.S.  Invasive Plant Species: Problems, Management Challenges, & Outlook for the Future.  Indiana Arborists Association, Indianapolis, IN, 2010.
  • Dukes, J.S.  Invasive species in a changing climate: Initial results, basic predictions & needs.  National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Washington, DC, 2010
October Two 2010No
 Graduate Program News

Graduate Program News

  • Nicholas Marra passed his preliminary exam on October 14th!  Congratulations!
  • Alex Hatier scheduled his dissertation defense for November 16th.
  • Amber Saylor has scheduled her masters defense for November 1st.
October Two 2010No
 AnnouncingOctober Two 2010No
 Department News

Department News

  • Congratulations! Linda Hawkins, FNR Student Services, is a grandma! Her little bundle of joy is Madeline Ella Hawkins, who was born on 10/20. Mom and baby are doing well, and the proud grandma can’t wait to head east for some snuggling!
  • Sally Weeks, Dendrology Lab Coordinator, made an appearance in last Sunday’s Journal& Courier Life section in an article entitled, “Fruits & Nuts: From persimmons to pawpaws, enjoy native fall treats.” Sally and Lynn Layden will discuss native and heirloom fall fruits and nuts at the November 17 “Wednesdays in the Wild” workshop, held at The Brier Environmental Education Center in Battle Ground.
  • Jeff Dukes, Assistant Professor, was interviewed for a story about fall colors for WLFI evening news. The story aired October 18 and 19.
  • Professor Rado Gazo’s work on log scanning was featured in an article in the Lafayette Journal and Courier highlighting Senator Richard Lugar’s visit to the department on October 20.
October Two 2010No
 Alumni Updates

Alumni News

  • FNR alumnus Joelle Gehring’s research was featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on Thursday, September 30. Joelle, who earned a Ph.D. under Mickey Weeks, works on reducing bird mortality caused by the lighting and design of communication towers. Her research was featured on the “Isla Earth” section of Morning Edition.
  • The October/November issue of the Journal of Forestry contains a Commentary column by Stephanie Miller, a FNR alum. In it, Stephanie writes "A shining light in Indiana is Purdue University and US Senator Richard Lugar have created the Lugar-Purdue Future of Forestry Program and scholarship. This innovative program reaches out to agriculture and science students for credit hours as a means to generate interest among science kids in forestry. Boiler up!" Thanks to John Moser for sending this along.
  • Amanda Beheler recently visited Kristen Page in Tanzania, where Kristen had one of her Wheaton College undergraduate students serving as an intern for the African Wildlife Foundation. Amanda has some great photos, a few of which she shared with me. Ask Amanda to tell you the story about spending 5 hours digging out a land rover with cooking pots near Lake Natron!
Amanda Beheler in Tanzania


October Two 2010No
 Upcoming Calendar Events

Monday, October 25
  • Electronic copy of faculty promotion documents due to College of Ag from departments.
  • Quantitative Ecology group, 4:00 p.m., FORS 208
  • Rob at Natural Association of University Resources Professionals (NAUFRP) executive committee meeting
Tuesday, October 26
  • President’s Forum, 9 a.m., PMU South Ballroom
  • FNR Seminar, 2:30 p.m., Deans Auditorium. Speaker: George Newcombe. Functional Roles of Pathogens and Endophytes in Plant Invasions, Migrations, and Culture
  • Rob at NAUFRP executive committee and NC-NE regional meetings
Wednesday, October 27
  • Rob at NAUFRP general assembly meeting
Thursday, October 28
  • SAF national convention – go quiz bowl team!!
Friday, October 29
  • Complete set of faculty promotion documents for the Area Committee ready for electronic review (COA)
  • FNR Halloween Party, 7:00 p.m., Wright Forestry Center Details from Social Chairman Hoover:
    • Who: Anyone associated with FNR and their families. There will be ample communal TLC for young ones.
    • Why: Because it’s a tradition and we need all the fun possible
    • Time: Food service will commence at 7:00 PM
    • Shuttle from Campus to Wright Center – Those with vehicles are requested to accommodate those without by picking them up starting at 6:30 on N. Martin Jischke Drive by the activity field directly across from the CoRec Center (to the east).
    • Activities: Costumes are encouraged and awards will be made. Games for children will be provided. Corn Hole bags will be flying. Glutens will participate in a pie eating contest. A hay ride is under consideration. Rumors are flying about mouse traps on Dr. Goforth’s toes.
    • What to bring: If you’re so inclined bring a dish or snack to share, but there is absolutely no requirement to do so, and no one should stay away out of a guilty feeling for not bringing something
Monday, November 1
  • Quantitative Ecology group meeting, 4 p.m., FORS 208
  • Rob at Patuxent, Maryland this week
Tuesday, November 2
  • Election Day.
Thursday, November 4
  • FNR luncheon. Meet on the front steps of PFEN at noon.
Friday, November 5
  • Administrative Leadership Council, 8:30 a.m., WSLR 116

View FNR Web Calendar for all upcoming events,

October Two 2010No

From Science News: Climate changes, and there goes the neighborhood
Ranges of rattlers and voles likely to shift drastically with warming

By Susan Milius
Web edition : Friday, October 15th, 2010

Photo of mouseShifts in vole species in California and Oregon have inspired researchers to reconstruct where voles lived during past climate variations to get an idea of how animals might cope, or not, with predicted warming.  Photo credit: Jerry Kirkhart/Wikimedia Commons

PITTSBURGH ― Rattlesnakes and voles could be facing real estate meltdowns of their own, as climate change forecloses habitats or shifts livable conditions into new regions at speeds as much as a thousand times faster than prehistoric averages.

Even if global average temperatures increase by only 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100, a level of warming considered virtually inevitable by climate scientists, 11 species of rattlesnakes across North America will have to cope with their ranges dislocating by 430 meters per year on average, paleobiogeographer Michelle Lawing of Indiana University in Bloomington said October 10 at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s annual meeting. (Full Article)

October Two 2010No


  • Bickham,John, $45,000, North Slope Borough, “Monitoring genetic diversity and the development of an extended DNA SNP panel for bowhead whales”
  • Carlson,Donald, $2,892, Mary Rice Grant, “Deer fencing material request for completion of demonstration forest regeneration planting at SEPAC”
  • Chapman,Robert, Williams,R, $1,250 Pheasants Forever (3), WHEP voluntary support
  • Chapman,Robert; Williams,R, $13,100, B. Wipperman, B. Wakeland, IN Chapter Am Chestnut Foundation, Banks Hardwood, Whitetails Unlimited, Cygnet Enterprises, Kasco Mfg Co, Sullivan Co Quail Unlimited, Neovision PC, Wild Bird Unlimited, Greensburg Veterinary Clinic PC, Honda Mfg, WHEP voluntary support
  • Chapman,Robert; Williams,R., $5,300, Sycamore Audubon Society, Woody Warehouse Nursery, The Hagman Fndn, Pheasants Forever #182, 462 and 642, WHEP voluntary support
  • Chapman,Robert; Williams,R., $500, Applegate’s Seed House, WHEP voluntary support
  • DeWoody,J. Andrew, $1,000, Sigma Xi, “Inbreeding, genetic diversity, and adaption to captivity: the impact of breeding protocol on experimental white footed mice”
  • Dukes,Jeffrey, Schuster, M., $8,000, NIFA/USDA, “IRTA for the effects of extreme precipitation regimes on litter quality and mixed litter decomposition”
  • Dukes,Jeffrey,S, $22,000, Dept of Energy, “Climate change feedbacks from interactions between new and old carbon”
  • Dukes,Jeffrey,S, $30,000, NASA, “Using plant physiology, satellite observations, and modeling to improve carbon exchange in Earth System Models”
  • Dukes,Jeffrey,S, $99,866, NSF, “RCN: integrated network for terrestrial ecosystem research on feedbacks to the atmosphere and climate: linking expermentalists…”
  • Dunning,John,B, $18,140, USDA/Forest Service, “Bird Survey-Year 3”
  • Fei, Songlin, Pijanowski,B, Saunders, M, Lee, L, Gibson,K, Morris,P, Jenkins, M., $202,500, NIFA/USDA, “Graduate training in land use and landscape analysis for forest and agricultural sustainability and resilience”
  • Fei,Songlin; Pijanowski, Bryan, $6,126, NSF, “Predicting Regional Invasion Dynamic Processes (PRIDE) Developing a cross scale functional trait based modeling framework” supplement
  • Goforth,Reuben, $30,000, U.S. Geological Survey, “Correlating Asian carp eDNA and/or microbial tracking technologies with telemetry data in the Wabash River”
  • Hook,Tomas, $49,640, Electric Power Research Institute, “Bioenergenetics approaches to evaluate potential positive and negative impacts of thermal discharge on Ohio River fish’s project”
  • Jenkins,Michael, $3,500, Eco Logics LLC, voluntary support
  • Jenkins,Michael,A, $10,549, USDA/Forest Service, “Oak Seedling Regeneration”
  • Jenkins,Michael,A, $28,228, USDA/Forest Service, “Evaluation of site conditions and management techniques to promote oak species regenerations and hardwood forests”
  • MacGowan,Brian, $4,000, IN Agricultural Law Fndn, IN Farm Bureau, voluntary support
  • Meilan,Richard, $50,000, Futuragene, “Futuragene transformation optizimation”
  • Meilan,Richard, $60,000, Futuragene, “Field Testing Futuragene”
  • Meilan,Richard, $69,841, Hoosier Energy, “voluntary support”
  • Michler,Charles, $1,000, American Walnut Manufacturer Assn., voluntary support
  • Michler,Charles, $100,000, Atherton Family Foundation, “The Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (TropHTIRC)”
  • Michler,Charles, $121,623, USDA/Forest Service, “Hardwood Improvement and Regeneration Center”
  • Michler,Charles, $30,000, USDA/Forest Service, “Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center”
  • Michler,Charles, $5,000, USDA/Forest Service, “Nursery production in the Eastern U.S.”
  • Pijanowski,Bryan,C, $126,075, U.S. Geological Survey, “Land change analysis and modeling to Support the multiscale assessment of land and climate change impacts on the nation’s fish habitat”
  • Prokopy,Linda, $20,000, Kinley Trust, “The impact of the 2012 drought on Midwestern farm advisors’ preceptions, attitudes and willingness to respond to climate change”
  • Prokopy,Linda, $25,000, Environmental Defense Fund, “Demonstration watersheds case studies Phase 1”
  • Prokopy,Linda,S, $142,092, NOAA, “Evaluating the impacts of extreme drought on farm advisors perception of climate risks in the U.S. corn belt”
  • Purcell,Lindsey, $20,000, IN Dept of Natural Resources, “Urban Woodlot Management-IDNR”
  • Rathfon,Ronald, $4,850, Mary Rice Grant, “Prescribed grazing using goats for regenerating oak forest”
  • Sepulveda,Maria, $105,703, Univ of CT, “The combined effect of environmental and anthropogenic stressors on fish health”
  • Sepulveda,Maria, $26,000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “The presence of endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceuticals and personal care products on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge and their effect on two species of imperiled fish”
  • Sepulveda,Maria; Freeman,Jennifer, $450,144, NIH, “Molecular biomarkers of exposure to endocrine disrupting herbicides”
  • Sepulveda,Maria; Freeman,Jennifer; Lee, Linda, $457,473, OVPR Incentive Grant, “Environmental and health assessment of perflourinated compounds”
  • Swihart,Robert, $3,750, Indiana Arborists Assn, voluntary support
  • Swihart,Robert,K, $3,750, Indiana Arborist Assn., voluntary support
  • Wiliams,Rod; Hoverman, Jason, $122,215, IDNR, “Ranavirus surveillance in box turtles and aquatic amphibians”
  • Zollner,Patrick, $17,000, The Nature Conservancy, “Oak barrens research small mammal research”
October 2013Yes


  • Huang, Z., P. Zhao, J. Medina, R. Meilan, and K. Woeste (2013) Roles of JnRAP2.6-like from the transition zone of black walnut in hormone signaling. PLoS ONE (in press).
  • Ríos-López, Neftalí and Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera. 2013. Acoustic characteristics of a native anuran (Amphibia) assemblage in a palustrine herbaceous wetland from Puerto Rico. Life: The Excitement of Biology 1: 118-135. doi: 10.9784/LEB1(2)Rios.04
  • Ospina, Oscar E., Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera, Carlos J. Corrada-Bravo, and T. Mitchell Aide. 2013. Variable response of anuran calling activity to daily precipitation and temperature: implications for climate change. Ecosphere 4:art47. doi: 10.1890/ES12-00258.1
  • Villanueva-Rivera, Luis J. Biología Boricua ( - Podcast in Spanish on biological research associated with Puerto Rico.
  • Wang, Y. and Pijut, P.M. 2013. Isolation and characterization of a TERMINAL FLOWER 1 homolog from Prunus serotina Ehrh. Tree Physiology 33: 855-865.
  • Huang, Z., Zhao, P., Medina, J., Meilan, R, and Woeste, K. 2013. Roles of JnRAP2.6-like from the transition zone of black walnut in hormone signaling. PLOS ONE (accepted).
  • Klocko, A.L., Meilan R., James, R.R., Viswanath, V., Huso, M., Ma, C., Payne, P., Miller, L., Skinner, J.S., Oppert, B., Cardineau, G.A., and Strauss, S.H. 2103. Bt-Cry3Aa expression reduces insect damage and improves growth in field-grown hybrid poplar. Canadian Journal of Forest Research (accepted).
  • De Frennea, P., F. Rodríguez-Sánchez, D.A. Coomes, L. Baeten, G. Verstraeten, .M. Vellend, M. Bernhardt-Römermann, C.D. Brown, J. Brunet, J. Cornelis, G. Decocq, H. Dierschke, O. Eriksson, F.S. Gilliam, R. Hédl, T. Heinken, M. Hermy, P. Hommel, M.A. Jenkins, D. L. Kelly, K.J. Kirby, F.J.G. Mitchell, T. Naaf, M. Newman, G. Peterken, P. Petřík, J. Schultz, G. Sonnier, H. Van Calster, D.M. Waller, G. Walther, P.S. White, K. Woods, M. Wulf, B.J. Graae, and K. Verheyen. (In press) Microclimate moderates plant responses to macroclimate warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.
  • Parks, A.M., M.A. Jenkins, K.E. Woeste, and M.E. Ostry. (In press) Conservation status of a threatened tree species: establishing a baseline for restoration of Juglans cinerea L. in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Natural Areas Journal
  • Quackenbush, P.M., R.A. Butler, N.C. Emery, M.A. Jenkins, E.J. Kladivko, and K.D. Gibson. 2013. Invasive earthworms and plants in Indiana old and second growth forests. Invasive Plant Science and Management 6: 161-174.
  • Burney, O.T. and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Ungulate herbivory of forest regeneration in relation to plant mineral nutrition and secondary metabolites. New Forests 44:753-768.
  • Currey, C.J., Torres, A.P., Lopez, R.G., and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. The quality index – a new tool for integrating quantitative measurements to assess quality of young floriculture plants. Acta Horticulturae 1000:385-391.
  • Dranski, J.A.L. Malavasi, U.C, Malavasi, M.M., and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Effect of ethephon on hardening of Pachystroma longifolium seedlings. Revista Árvore 3:401-407.
  • Goodman, R.C., Pardillo, G., Oliet, J.A., and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Nitrogen fertilization in intensively managed black walnut (Juglans nigra) plantations. Morphology and production efficiency. Forest Science 59:453-463.
  • Haase, D.L. and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Nutrient dynamics of planted forests. New Forests 44:629-633.
  • Oliet, J.A., Puértolas, J., Planelles, R., and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Nutrient loading of forest tree seedlings to promote stress resistance and field performance: A Mediterranean perspective. New Forests 44:649-669.
  • Palomar, N.V., Oliet, J.A., Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Biomasa y dinámica de nutrientes de encina en fase de plántula. Efectos de la disponibilidad durante el desarrollo ontogénico. pp. 107-112 In Martínez-Ruiz, C.; Lario Leza, F.J. y Fernández-Santos, B. eds. Avances en la restauración de sistemas forestales. Técnicas de implantación. SECF-AEET, Madrid, Spain.
  • Sloan, J.L. and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Fertilization at planting influences seedling growth and vegetative competition on a post-mining boreal reclamation site. New Forests 44:687-701.
  • Tsakaldimi, M., Ganatsas, P., and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Prediction of planted seedling survival of five Mediterranean species based on initial seedling morphology. New Forests 44:327-339.
  • Villar-Salvador, P., Peñuelas, J.L, and Jacobs, D.F. 2013. Nitrogen nutrition and drought hardening exert opposite effects on the stress tolerance of Pinus pinea L. seedlings. Tree Physiology 33:221-232.
  • Wei, H., Duan, J., Xu, C., Jacobs, D.F., Ma, L., and Jiang, L. 2013. Exponential nutrient loading shortens the cultural period of Larix olgensis seedlings. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 28:409-418.
  • Zeng, S.C., Jacobs, D.F., Sloan, J.L. , Xue, L., Li, Y., and Chu, S. 2013. Split fertilizer application affects growth, biomass allocation, and fertilizer uptake efficiency of hybrid Eucalyptus. New Forests 44:703-718.
October 2013Yes
 Faculty Awards

Faculty in the News

  • Reuben Goforth is featured in an article in Purdue Agricultures magazine. Check out the Shocking Carp Unsafe for Humans article.
  • Linda Prokopy was quoted in a recent article on climate change and agriculture that appeared in USA Today. “Nationally, many farmers are making changes in what they do, but that doesn't mean they're convinced climate change is real, or human-caused, says Linda Prokopy, a professor of natural resources at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. She surveyed more than 5,000 farmers across the Midwest and found that 66% said they believe climate change is occurring, 31% weren't sure and a little over 3% said there is no climate change. Of those that think the climate is shifting, only 41% said humans are responsible for it by burning fossil fuels that create heat-trapping gasses. The rest think it's either a naturally occurring cycle or don't know what causes it.” See the full article.
  • Bill Hoover and Rod Williams will be speaking at the upcoming 2013 Woodland Owner Conference on November 1 and 2 in Madison, Indiana. Professor Hoover will speak on Friday at 7 pm on “Lessons from Indiana’s Early Forestry Movement.” On Saturday, he will speak at 1:30 on “Establishing a Timber Basis.” On Saturday afternoon, Professor Williams will be speaking in the same session as Professor Hoover (Woodland Owner University Concurrent Session C) on “Forest Management for Amphibians.” More details on the conference.
  • Check out the YouTube video, "What is a Herp?", featuring Rod Williams.

Special Announcement

    Bryan Pijanowski recently learned that Google will be helping his Soundscapes project to sponsor a Global Soundscapes Day that will occur on Earth Day 2014. He said they were aiming to get one million soundscape recordings on one day using the new Global Soundscapes mobile app. The idea is to collect enough information to determine “what does the earth sound like on one day?”. The soundscape recordings will be uploaded to a GoogleEarth/GoogleMap site.

October 2013Yes
 Graduate Program News

Graduate News

  • Yanzhu Ji scheduled her preliminary exam for November 11th.
  • Ken Kellner scheduled his preliminary exam for December 17th.
  • Lee Henebry scheduled his preliminary exam for November 14th.
  • Rita Blythe scheduled her masters thesis defense for November 13th.
October 2013Yes
 Graduate Honors and Awards

Graduate Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to David Coulter on passing his prelims on August 20th!
  • Congratulations to Luis Villanueva-Rivera who passed his prelims on August 2nd!
  • Congratulations to Josh Shields on successfully defending his dissertation on September 10th!
  • Congratulations to Kendra Abts on passing her prelims on September 24th!
  • Congratulations to Janna Willoughby on passing her prelims on October 1st!
  • Jenny Zenobio successfully defended her masters thesis on October 9th. Congratulations, Jenny!
October 2013Yes
 Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards

Undergraduate Students in the News

  • Another article in the Sept. 2013 issue of Purdue Agricultures Magazine features wildlife major, Colleen Hartel. See full article.
October 2013Yes
 Department News

Staff in the News

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  • Lindsey Purcell, urban forestry specialist, was featured in an article by the Journal and Courier on the new mobile app developed for The 50 Trees of the Midwest. The article also noted the role of Lindsey’s predecessor and FNR alum Rita McKenzie in the design of the original paper version of the extension product.
  • “Use of experimental translocations of Allegheny woodrat to decipher causal agents of decline” which appeared in Conservation Biology has been selected for F1000Prime. Authors of the paper are Tim Smyser, postdoc, S. A. Johnson, L. K. Page, C. M. Hudson, and Gene Rhodes, professor emeritus.


  • Congratulations to Maryann Lucterhand, business manager, on the birth of her first grandchild – a granddaughter, Elyse Christine, born at 12:50 p.m. on August 21. Elyse weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. and is 21 inches long. The apple of grandma's eye.
October 2013Yes
 Alumni Updates

Alumni News

  • At a recent American Ornithologists’ Union meeting, Professor Barny Dunning caught up with Joelle Gehring, a former FNR Ph.D. student. Joelle has changed jobs and is now a biologist for the Federal Communications Commission, in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. In fact, she is the only biologist employed by the FCC. Her job is to work with communications companies to change the design and structure of towers, and also to work within the FCC to get regulations changed to allow modifications that reduce bird mortality.
  • Recent grad Cecelia Hennessy has a lectureship position at Indiana University South Bend for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Speaking of Cecelia – Congratulations and best wishes to Cecelia Hennessy and Nick LaBonte on their recent marriage in Wisconsin!
October 2013Yes


The Ecoperception Gap

Conservation Magazine

By David Ropeik

September 7, 2012

The Wrong Weather at the Wrong Time

Practical Farmers of Iowa

By Matt Russell

October 10, 2013

Forest Bathing

Healthy Parks Healthy People

October 2013Yes
 Upcoming Calendar Events

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, November 8, 3:30 pm, FNR Department meeting, PFEN 120
  • November 27-30, Thanksgiving vacation
  • Wednesday, December 4, 11:30 am, FNR Holiday Luncheon, Deans Auditorium & Leopold's Landing
  • Thursday, December 5, 3:30 pm, College of Ag Faculty Meeting, Deans Auditorium, PFEN 241
  • Saturday, December 7, Classes End
  • December 9-19, Finals Week
  • December 15, Commencement
  • December 24, Semester Ends
  • Friday, January 24, 2014, 3-5 pm, Deans’ Visit with FNR
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014, FNR Retreat, Wright Center

View FNR Calendar for more important dates.

October 2013Yes


  • Ehrenberger, K. A., and J. B. Dunning. 2011. The response of selected wildlife to macrotopographic enhancements of a Wetland Reserve Program restoration. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 119:158-169.
  • Eo, S.H., Doyle J.M., Hale M.C., Marra N.J., Ruhl J.D. & DeWoody J.A. (2011) Comparative transcriptomics and gene expression in larval tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) gill and lung tissues as revealed by pyrosequencing. Gene, in press.
  • Li, X.X. and G.F. Shao. 2011. Object–based urban vegetation mapping with high resolution aerial photography as a single data source. International Journal of Remote Sensing (accepted).
  • Meilan, R., Harfouche, A., and Nehra, N. 2011. Risk Assessment of Biotech Trees: A Path Forward. Journal of Forestry (in press).
  • Urban, N.A., R.K. Swihart, M.C. Malloy, and J.B. Dunning, Jr. 2011. Improving selection of indicator species when detection is imperfect. Ecological Indicators, In press. Zhao, J. Y. Song, L.N. Tang, L.Y. Shi, and G.F. Shao. 2011. China's cities need to grow in a more compact way. Environmental Science & Technology (accepted).
October 2011Yes


  • On 19 September Barny Dunning presented the Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher lecture in the Deans Auditorium. His talk was entitled “Teaching the Controversy: Environmental Issues in a Modern World”.
  • On 26 September at the China-U.S. 2011 Joint Symposium on Global Sustainability Issues in Energy, Climate, Water, and the Environment, which was held on the Purdue campus, Rick Meilan delivered a presentation entitled: Engineering Poplar for Use as a Cellulosic Feedstock.
October 2011Yes


  • Pijut, Paula M. USDA, APHIS, PPQ, CPHST, “Development of transgenic North American ash trees expressing a Bacillus thuringiensis protein for management of the emerald ash borer.” $161,932.
October 2011Yes

Funding Opportunities

  • Save the Redwoods League Offers Funding for Research on Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Forest Ecosystems. The Save the Redwoods League works to protect and restore redwood forests and connect people with the peace and beauty provided by redwood forests. The league's research grant program supports basic and applied hypothesis-driven research on the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forest ecosystems. To conserve and restore these ecosystems in the coming decades, the league funds research that expands the understanding of ecosystem function, community interactions, rare and threatened species, and the impact of climate change on redwood forests. The program welcomes proposals on all topics that can advance the understanding of these ecosystems. Hypothesis-driven research proposals on all topics that advance understanding of coast redwood and giant sequoia ecosystems are welcome. This year we are especially interested in projects that focus on one of the following topics:
    1. How effective are forest restoration techniques?
    2. How is wildlife affected by forest management?
    3. How is climate change impacting forest biogeochemical cycling?
    4. How does fire impact young and late-seral forests?
    We strongly encourage applicants to discuss their proposed research and questions regarding our Research Grants Program with Emily Limm, Director of Science, before submitting an application. Please contact her at (415) 362-2352 or to discuss your research. All applications for Save the Redwoods League Research Grants must be submitted via the new online tool before 6 p.m. PDT on Friday, November 4. Grant requests should not exceed $15,000. Grant applications will only be accepted from nonprofit organizations (including universities and public agencies). The league cannot provide grants to individuals. Complete grant program guidelines and information on previously supported research are available at the Save the Redwoods League Web site. Link to complete RFP:
  • SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Deadline: December 1. The fund focuses its resources in four strategic areas: species research, habitat protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education. The project's primary focus must be in one of the above areas. The project must have broad community/constituency support and be based on legitimate scientific and conservation principals. While the fund recognizes and supports the critical importance of ex-situ efforts such as endangered species breeding programs and conservation awareness/education, its primary focus is to support conservation efforts directly benefiting wildlife in their native ranges (in-situ). For this reason, the fund is unable to help underwrite the captive breeding efforts of other animal management facilities. However, the fund will consider ex-situ conservation education proposals that demonstrate significant positive and sustainable impact. The value/utility of major capital investments such as construction of a new facility and computer network infrastructures is long-term. The fund is unable to support such investments that would outlive the specific project/initiative that the fund is being asked to support. The fund accepts online applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the USA, non-U.S. based nonprofit organizations and nongovernmental organizations, governmental entities, accredited universities and research centers, and AZA- or AMMPA-accredited institutions. Applications from individuals not affiliated with any of the entities listed above will not be accepted. In addition, applications are discouraged from university/college students working on projects as part of a degree (e.g., research for a thesis). The fund has no set minimum or maximum grant amount. In the past, however, the fund has awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for a one-year term. The fund encourages organizations to simultaneously seek additional funding from other sources if necessary to complete the objectives of the project. The fund will consider multiyear proposals, as many worthy conservation and research efforts require multiple years to achieve results and positive impact. A maximum of 10 percent of the total grant may underwrite salaries of principal investigators and other supporting staff. A maximum of 5 percent of the total grant amount may underwrite indirect expenses such as administrative, utility, facility, and maintenance costs. There may be exceptions to these limits, based on the specific nature and need of the project. All projects receiving a grant award should expect a site visit by a fund representative. Grant awards must be accepted and funded by April 1 of the following year. Contact:
  • Governors’ Institute for Community Design (EPA). Deadline: December 5. As part of the interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities is seeking proposals to fund one applicant to operate the Governors' Institute for Community Design. The institute will select and work with interested state leadership (governors, their cabinets, and their staffs) to deliver technical assistance that supports state efforts to implement smart growth and sustainable communities development approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life. Providing financial assistance to establish and operate the Governors' Institute is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation, and EPA. The maximum amount of funding for an award under this RFP will be approximately $2 million over the five-year life of the agreement. EPA expects to make one award and have approximately $325,000 for the first year of activity. The award will be negotiated for a project period of up to 5 years and will be set up for incremental funding, with funding for future years dependent on funding availability, agency priorities, recipient performance, and other applicable considerations. Contact: Adhir Kackar,
  • Wilson Ornithological Society Louis Agassiz Fuertes Awards. For ornithologists, although graduate students and young professionals are preferred. Any avian research is eligible. Two awards of $2500 are given annually. Grant monies are expected to be used for equipment, supplies, travel, and living expenses. Salaries for applicant and field assistants should not be included; however, stipends that cover only basic living expenses are allowed. Deadline: February 1. Contact: Dr. John A. Smallwood, Secretary, Wilson Ornithological Socity, c/o Department of Biology & Molecular Biology, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043;
  • Wilson Ornithological Society George A. Hall/Harold F. Mayfield Award. One $1,000 award is given. Grant monies are expected to be used for equipment, supplies, travel, living expenses, etc. The society does not pay overhead or other indirect costs over and above the award amount. This award is restricted to non-professionals, including high school students. Same contact information as previous award.
October 2011Yes
 Graduate Program News

Graduate Program News

  • Jessica Leet, PhD candidate, won the first prize and $400 for an oral presentation at the Ohio Valley Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, Sept. 15-16, 2011. Her presentation was entitled “Evaluation of responses to trenbolone acetate metabolites in early life-stage fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) using molecular tools.” Way to go, Jessica!
  • Mingyao Song scheduled his masters thesis defense for October 14th.
  • Valerie Clarkston scheduled her masters thesis defense for November 15th.
  • Jami MacNeil scheduled her masters thesis defense for November 30th.
  • Shaneka Lawson successfully defended her dissertation on September 30th. Congratulations, Shaneka!
  • Kate Mulvaney successfully passed her prelims on September 19th. Congratulations, Kate!
  • Congratulations to Josh Shields who passed his preliminary exam on September 14th!
October 2011Yes

In the News
Patrick Freeland, advisee of Dr. Linda Prokopy, was featured in the 5 Students who are Path Makers in the Monday, October 3rd edition of Purdue Today. Patrick’s piece was entitled “Heart and mind” and is featured on the FNR home page. It closes with a thoughtful and wonderful tribute by Patrick to the importance of education and balance in life: Two wings: Angaangaq, an Eskimo shaman and elder, says there is spirituality and emotion — things of the heart. There also is technology and education — the things of the mind. Each is like one wing, and it takes two wings to fly. “I could be out there working, making money; it would be easy, but I would be flying with one wing,” Patrick says. “That’s why I came to Purdue.”

October 2011Yes
 Department News

Department News - Congratulations!

  • Dr. Barny Dunning was inducted in Purdue’s Teaching Academy on September 28th. Congratulations, Barny!
  • Lexis Butler, a FAS senior, won first prize in the undergraduate category for her poster entitled “Impacts of estrogen-containing domestic waste water on secondary sex characteristics and vitellogenin expression in male fathead minnows (Pimpephales promelas)”. $75 prize.
Dr. Krista Nichols introduces daughter, Willow Grace
Congratulations to Dr. Krista Nichols' family on the arrival of Willow Grace. Willow arrived on Tuesday September 20th and weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 19.5 inches long. The entire family is doing very well, including big sister River. The folks at Botany report that River has welcomed Willow and has repeatedly requested to “pet” her. Willow is so famous she has made 2 newsletters.
Steve Creech introduces grandson, Tyler Robert Schippnick
Congratulations Grandpa (Steve) Creech, Summer Camp Director, pictured welcoming his new grandson, Tyler Robert Schippnick. Tyler was born at 9:40 pm on September 1st. He weighed 6 pounds, 11.7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Do you suppose he will be a firefighter like his grandpa? Looks like he’s dreaming about a prescribed burn!
Dr. Songlin Fei introduces daughter, Melody Fei
In our last issue, we announced the birth of Melody Fei, daughter of Dr. Songlin Fei and Nicole Kong. The proud daddy has shared pictures with us and she is so cute we wanted to share with everyone else.
October 2011Yes
 Alumni Updates

Alumni in the News

White oak tree at ground zero

Suburban man helps fill 9/11 memorial site with trees
By Deborah Donovan
Daily Herald

Scott Jamieson is very proud of the 450 swamp white oak trees that bring life to the new Sept. 11 monument at ground zero in Manhattan.

October 2011Yes


  • Beasley, J.C., W.S. Betty, , T.C. Atwood, S.R. Johnson, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr.  2011.  A comparison of methods for estimating raccoon abundance:  Are disease vaccination programs hindered by lack of accuracy?  Journal of Wildlife Management. (In Press).
  • Beatty, W.S., Beasley, J. C., and O.E. Rhodes, Jr.  2011.  Regional and local genetic structure in the Virginia opossum.  Canadian Journal of Zoology. (In Press).
  • Huang, Z., Surana, P., Kihara, D., Meilan, R., Woeste, K. 2011. JnCML-like, an EF-hand motif-containing gene seasonally upregulated in the transition zone of black walnut (Juglans nigra L.). American Journal of Molecular Biology (In press).
  • Katzner T.E., Wheeler M., Negro J.J., Kapetanakos Y., DeWoody J.A., Horvath M., and Lovette I. (2012) To pluck or not to pluck:  scientific methodologies should be carefully chosen, not “one size fits all”.  Journal of Avian Biology (In press).
  • Kimble, S.J.A., J.A. Fike, O.E. Rhodes, Jr. and R.N. Williams.  2011.  Identification of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).  Conservation Genetics Resources.  3:65-67.
  • Olson, Z.H., D.G. Whittaker, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr.  2011.  Evaluation of experimental genetic management in reintroduced bighorn sheep.  Ecology and Evolution. (In Press).
  • Smyser, T. J., S. A. Johnson, L. K. Page, and O. E. Rhodes.  (In Press).  Synergistic stressors and the dilemma of conservation in a multivariate world: A case study in Allegheny woodrats.  Animal Conservation.
November 2011Yes
 Department Head Note

FNR Student Council host successful Halloween party
The FNR Student Council hosted a Halloween extravaganza on October 28 at the Wright Center. Thanks for the huge turnout by faculty, staff, and students! The night’s activities were a blast. Some notable activities are summarized below:
Winners of the Costume Contest were:

  • Funniest- Anthony Sipes
  • Best in Show- Mark Graveel

The Pumpkin Carving Contest had 8 entries with

  • 1st going to Caleb Rennaker
  • 2nd to Randy Knapik and
  • 3rd to T.J. Bauters

The Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest was as close of a match as ever, with

  • 1st going to Anthony Sipes
  • 2nd to Zach Livengood, and
  • 3rd to Zach Seeger
  • Faculty participants included Reuben Goforth and Andrew DeWoody.  Reuben gave a good accounting of himself.

The Professor Pie in the Face Contest was won (lost?) by Rod Williams. He graciously accepted the pie, delivered with zest and a twist by his wife, Shelley.

S’mores and Stories at the campfire, featuring a convoluted tale about giant clams and the settling of America, as told by Reuben Goforth (and featuring a clam-fighting protagonist of the same given name).  A noteworthy addition to the tale was the very real specter of an oversized TeleTubby watching the proceedings from the shadows of the campfire.  Some freaked-out onlookers claimed that the TeleTubby had a slight Chilean accent, but this reporter can neither confirm nor deny the allegation.

Dr. Rob Swihart, Professor and Head

November 2011Yes
 Undergraduate News

Undergraduate Program News

  • Officers from the student chapter of The Wildlife Society traveled to Hawaii for the TWS annual conference.  While there, they participated in the Quiz Bowl competition, placing 3rd after nearly upsetting perennial champion Humboldt State.  Congratulations to Anthony Davis, Jarred Brooke, Randy Knapik, and Jessica Rodkey!
November 2011Yes
 Graduate Program News

Graduate Program News

Kelly Garrett, FNR Student Services, at MANRRS Conference
Kelly Garrett at MANRRS Conference
  • Nikki VanDerLaan earned first place in the student competition at the Entomological Society of America meeting in Reno, NV, for her talk “Conopthorin enhances the efficacy of ethanol-baited lures for trapping the granulate ambrosia beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae)”. Congratulations, Nikki!
  • Vidya Appukuttan-Suseela scheduled her dissertation defense for November 30th.
  • Kelly Garrett attended the MANRRS Conference recently in West Lafayette.
  • Mingyao Song successfully defended his masters thesis on October 14th. Congratulations, Mingyao!
  • Xiaoxiao Li successfully defended her dissertation on November 2nd. Congratulations, Xiaoxiao!
  • Kimberly Robinson passed her prelims on November 11th. Congratulations, Kim!
  • Valerie Clarkston successfully defended her MS thesis on November 15th. Congratulations, Valerie!
Joel Alexander Pluimer
Joel Alexander Pluimer

Department News

  • Congratulations to Kelly Garrett who is celebrating her 15th year of service to the University! Way to go, Kelly!
  • Congratulations to Julie and Tom Pluimer on the birth of their son, Joel Alexander on Thursday, November 3rd at 9:02 am. Joel weighed 10.5 pounds and was 22 ¾ inches long. Joel has two older brothers.
November 2011Yes
 Alumni Updates
Alumni News
  • Rolf O. Peterson has been selected as a 2012 recipient of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Certificate of Distinction. Dr. Peterson received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Purdue in 1974. Congratulations, Rolf!
November 2011Yes
Faculty News
  • Dr. Bill Hoover is the 2011 winner of the PUCESA (Purdue Cooperative Extension Specialists' Association) Career Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Cooperative Extension Service by Extension educators, specialists, or administrators with over 20 years of service. Bill is a leader and nationally known expert in the application of the federal income and estate tax laws to family forest owners. He has expertly guided thousands of landowners all over the U.S. through his publications, web sites, regular tax columns and workshop presentations. Since 1971 he has authored/co-authored the standard reference on the tax treatment of timber published by the USDA Forest Service in cooperation with the IRS (Forest Owner's Guide to the Federal Income Tax). Bill is the founder of the National Timber Tax Website ( His extension appointment with Purdue University Department of Forestry & Natural Resources spans over 30 years.


  • Bryan Pijanowski highlighted in Purdue's University News Service for leading global natural soundscape network.

    Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, global natural soundscape network

    University News Service
    Purdue researcher leads effort to capture natural sounds, coordinate global network
    November 3, 2011

    A Purdue University researcher will lead a global natural soundscape network to coordinate research that could help detect early changes in climate and weather patterns, the presence of pollution and other environmental impacts.

      November 2011Yes

      In the News
      The Augusta Chronicle
      Colorado ecologist chosen to lead Savannah River Ecology Lab
      by Rob Pavey, Staff Writer
      October 13, 2011

      A scientist from the National Wildlife Research Center in Colorado has been recruited as the new director of the Savannah River Ecology Lab.

      O.E. “Gene” Rhodes Jr., the assistant director of the Fort Collins, Co., facility, will assume his new duties in January at the University of Georgia lab at Savannah River Site.

      Fox 59 WXIN
      Website developed as resource for info on deadly tree disease
      Purdue University Press Release
      November 1, 2011

      Purdue University researchers have helped develop a website aimed at educating landowners and foresters about a fatal fungal disease (TCD) that is threatening valuable black walnut tree in Eastern states.

      The New York Times
      The Bay Citizen
      Fungal Killer of Cypresses Originated in California
      by John Upton
      October 27, 2011

      For the last five years, scientists have been on the trail of a fungus that has caused a deadly epidemic in the world’s forests. The fungus, Seiridium, causes cypress canker disease, which has felled up to 95 percent of the cypress trees — a family that includes junipers — growing in some timber plantations and forests across the globe.

      November 2011Yes
       Upcoming Calendar Events

      Upcoming Calendar Events

      • November 23-26 – Thanksgiving vacation
      • December 8 – FNR holiday luncheon – 11:30 a.m., Deans Auditorium & Pfendler Gallery
      • December 9 – Retirement reception for Mickey Weeks, 2:00-3:30 pm, Pfendler Gallery
      • December 9 – FNR department meeting, 3:30 p.m., PFEN 120
      • December 10 – Classes end
      • December 12-17 – Final exams
      • December 17 – Semester ends
      • December 18 – Winter commencement for College of Agriculture, 9:30 a.m.
      • January 9 – Semester begins
      • January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No classes. Staff holiday.)
      • January 27 (afternoon) – Dean’s visit to FNR
      • March 12-17 – Spring vacation
      • April 28 – Classes end
      • April 30 – May 5 – Final exams
      • May 5 – Semester ends
      • May 12, Spring commencement for College of Agriculture, 2:30 p.m.
      November 2011Yes
       Department Head Note

      As the 2014-15 academic year draws to a close, it seems fitting to reflect on the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff. We compiled and scoured prior Spotting Scopes and other materials to compile the following list of awards and achievements by FNR personnel. Although we’ve tried to list all that were honored during the year, some have undoubtedly been missed. It’s hard to keep track of such a talented and productive group!


      Dr. Rob Swihart, Professor and Head

      May 2015Yes
       Faculty Awards
      Faculty Awards and Honors

      • ​Dan Cassens, Professor of Wood Products, received the Robert D. Burke Special Award for supporting the Indiana Tree Farm Program.
      • Hao Zhang, Professor of Statistics, has been named Head of the Department of Statistics effective 1 July 2015.
      • Hao Zhang was invited to serve as an Associate Editor for the journal Statistica Sinica.
      • Jeff Dukes, Professor of Foresty & Natural Resources and Biological Sciences, was named the new Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.
      • Linda Prokopy, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science, and Melissa Widhalm, U2U Project Manager, and the U2U project were chosen to receive the 2015 College of Agriculture Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Award. 
      • Linda Prokopy was named as a 2015 recipient of the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Conservation Reward Award.
      • Liz Flaherty, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Habitat Management, was selected to be a recipient of the Teaching for Tomorrow Award.
      • Marisol Sepulveda, Professor of Ecology and Natural Systems, was named a University Faculty Scholar.
      • Pat Zollner, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science, was named the 2014 William L. Hoover Exemplary Faculty Service Award winner.
      • Rob Swihart, Head of Forestry and Natural Resources, received the Indiana Arborist Association IAA Distinguished Service Award for “his contributions to Urban Forestry and support of the IAA partnership.” The award is presented to individuals “who has given of themselves to the benefit of the Indiana Arborist Association or to Arboriculture as a whole.”
      • Rod Williams, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science, was named a University Scholarship of Engagement Fellow.
      • Shaneka Lawson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, received the Multicultural Achievement Award from the USDA Forest Service.
      • The FNR Learning Communities instructors (Julie Pluimer, Administrative Manager of the Office of Student Services and Academic Advisor, Rob Swihart, Linda Prokopy, Jeff Dukes and W. L. Mills​, Associate Professor of Forestry) won the University Academic Connection Award for their course, The Nature of Wild Things, LC. The Academic Connection Award “recognizes a Learning Community instructor team who excelled at planning events and activities that directly connect classroom learning with hands-on experiences.” This is the second year in a row the FNR Learning Communities group has won a University award.
      May 2015Yes
       Graduate Honors and Awards

      Graduate Students​ Awards and Honors

      • Casey Day, Advisor Pat Zollner, was named the 2014 FNR Exemplary Graduate Student Service Award winner.
      • Charlotte Freeman, Advisor Michael Jenkins, received an Honorable Mention in the M.S./Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Erin Kenison won First Place in the Ph.D./Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Janna Willoughby, Advisor J. Andrew DeWoody, received a Grant-in-Aid of Research from the American Society of Mammalogists.​
      • Janna Willoughby received the Anna M. Jackson Award from the American Society of Mammalogists.
      • Janna Willoughby was selected as a Finalist for the W. D. Hamilton Award at the annual meeting of the Society of the Study of Evolution. Her abstract and research were judged to be in the top 10% of approximately 250 student entries.
      • Ken Kellner, Advisor Rob Swihart, was selected as the Kirkpatrick Memorial Graduate Student Award winner.
      • Ken Kellner was selected the 2015 FNR Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award winner.
      • Kristen Bellisario, Advisor Bryan Pijanowski, won Second Place in the Ph.D./Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium​.
      • Kyle Earnshaw, Advisor Douglass Jacobs, and Charlotte Freeman won the Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Student Scholarships.
      • Maryam Ghadiri, Advisor Bryan Pijanowski, won First Place in the Ph.D./Engagement poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Mekala Sundaram, Advisor Rob Swihart, received a Grant-in-Aid of Research from the American Society of Mammalogists.
      • Micah Stevens, Advisor Paula Pijut, received the Charles H. Michler Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduate Student in Forest Biology.
      • Micah Stevens was awarded a Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant to attend the VII International Symposium on Root Development in Weimar, Germany.
      • Mysha Clarke, Advisor Zhao Ma, was selected to receive a Student and Early Career Professional Scholarship to attend the 21st International Symposium on Society and Research Management, being held in Charleston, SC in June.
      • Shuai Chen, Advisor Marisol Sepulveda, received Honorable Mention in the Ph.D./Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Teresa Clark, Advisor Songlin Fei, won First Place in the M.S./Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Vanessa Wuerthner​, Advisor Jason Hoverman, won Second Place in the M.S./Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      May 2015Yes
       Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards
      Undergraduate Students Awards and Honors

      • Joseph Eisenger won the best poster award at the 2014 SURF research symposium for his project titled, “Surveys of southern flying squirrel activity following timber harvest in southern Indiana.” Joseph is a senior in the wildlife program conducting research with Liz Flaherty.​
      • Eric Dean’s poster was 1 of 20 selected out of 143 presentations to be presented at the SURF banquet. Eric was a Purdue Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) student who conducted research with ​Paula M. Pijut and Micah E. Stevens last summer.
      • Sean Anderson (along with Evan Anderson from ABE and Sara Richert from PR & Strategic Communications) won first place in this year’s PU Student Soybean Product Innovation competition. The team advisors were Professor Rick Meilan and Matt Ginzel​.
      • Courtney Louden, Kylie Schofield, Lyndsey Snider and Lillie Berger were all recipients of a Glenn R. Allison Scholarship.
      • Austin Prechtel, Samantha Helt, Jasmine Peele, Paige Weldy, Sabrina Schuler, Sarah Abercrombie, Erika Sherwin, Faith VonGunten, Morgan Sussman, Mikaela Knight, Jameson Pierce, Jonathan Wu, Jared Deininger, Kathryn Berry, Nicole Grundy, Zachary England and Emily Arnold were recipients of the Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund scholarships.
      • Grace Weisenbach, Rebekah Lumkes, Lexington Eiler, and Haley Jenkinson were recipients of John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarships.
      • Keeli Curtis, Stewart Hamilton and Jordan McGuckin received Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarships.
      • Jordan McGuckin, Ryan Bartlett, Joseph Littiken and Matthew Campbell received Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarships in Forestry and Natural Resources.
      • Erin Hipskind received the Pike Lumber Company Scholarship.
      • Casey Johnson received the Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship.
      • Zeke Escobedo received the Coal Creek Habitat Management Scholarship.
      • Wes Goldsmith and Kay Starzynski won the Fisheries and Aquatic Science Leadership Award.
      • Nicholas Simpson was named the Outstanding Senior in Fisheries and Aquatic Science.
      • Austin Prechtel was named the Outstanding Junior in Fisheries and Aquatic Science.
      • Kylie Schofield was named the Outstanding Sophomore in Fisheries and Aquatic Science.
      • Carmen Dobbs won the Leadership Award in Forestry. Carmen also won the Outstanding Senior in Forestry Award. Carmen was named the Society of American Foresters Senior Award winner.
      • Jordan McGuckin was named the Outstanding Junior in Forestry.
      • Evan Watkins was named the Outstanding Sophomore in Forestry.
      • Casey Johnson was named the IAA-Ramsey Award recipient.
      • Cheyenne Hoffa received the Leadership Award in Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making.
      • Katie Fagan was named the Outstanding Senior in Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making.
      • Shannon Wiltzius was named the Outstanding Junior in Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making.
      • Weston Schrank received the Leadership Award in Wildlife Sciences.
      • Joni Willits was named the Outstanding Senior in Wildlife.
      • Samantha Helt was named the Outstanding Junior in Wildlife.
      • Sabrina Schular was named the Outstanding Sophomore in Wildlife.
      • Matthew Vorhees received the Durward Allen Memorial Award.
      • Hannah Hayes received the L. David Mech Undergraduate Wildlife Research Award.
      • Maricela Aviles received the William A. Rafferty Award.
      • Robert Packard was named the Outstanding Senior in Wood Products Manufacturing Technology.
      • Neil Osborn was named the Outstanding Junior in Wood Products Manufacturing Technology.
      • Jacob Adams was named the Outstanding Camper in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
      • Keeli Curtis was named the Outstanding Camper in Forestry.
      • Seth Peters was named the Outstanding Camper in Wildlife.
      • Kalli Fredrickson was named the Stanley Coulter Leadership Award winner.
      • Austin Prechtel received the Undergraduate Research Award.
      • Rebecca Busse received the Undergraduate Engagement Award.
      • Carmen Dobbs received the FNR Outstanding Senior Student Award.
      • Austin Prechtel received the FNR Outstanding Junior Student Award.
      • Sabrina Schular received the FNR Outstanding Sophomore Student Award.
      • Morgan Sussman received the FNR Outstanding Freshman Award.
      • Rebecca Busse tied for 2nd place (with Matthew Hill of Botany) for College of Ag winners at the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, held on April 14. The title of her poster was “Understanding Effective Water Quality Outreach Among Lake Residents in the Tippecanoe Watershed.”
      • Ardith Wang won First Place in Undergraduate/Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Ivy Widick won Second Place in Undergraduate/Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Hannah Hayes received Honorable Mention in Undergraduate/Research poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Allison Turner won First Place in Undergraduate/Engagement poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Kalli Fredrickson won Second Place in Undergraduate/Engagement poster session at the 2015 FNR Research Symposium.
      • Ardith Wang was accepted into the Purdue-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Partipation (LSAMP) Program.
      May 2015Yes
       Staff Awards

      Staff Awards and Honors

      • Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist, celebrated his 15th year anniversary at Purdue.
      • Don Carlson, Purdue Forester, and Melissa Widhalm, U2U Project Manager, were promoted during the AP promotions.
      • Janis Gosewehr, Operation Assistant and Secretary, celebrated her 25th anniversary at Purdue this year.
      • Julie Pluimer, Administrative Manager of the Office of Student Services and Academic Advisor, and Liz Jackson, Manager of the National Walnut Council and IFWOA and Engagement Specialist for HTIRC, celebrated their 10th anniversaries at Purdue.
      • Marcia Kremer, Genetics Laboratory Manager, and Marlene Mann, Administrative Assistant, celebrated their 35th year anniversaries at Purdue.
      • Melissa Widhalm is the recipient of the FNR Outstanding A/P Staff Member Award for 2014.
      • Melissa Widhalm obtained a Project Management Professional certification.
      • Melissa Widhalm was named FNR Outstanding A/P Staff Member.
      • Michael Loesch-Fries, Purdue Farm Worker, was named FNR Outstanding Clerical/Service Staff Member.
      • Rob Chapman, Extension Wildlife Specialist, is serving as the President of the Indiana Chapter of The Wildlife Society for 2015.
      • Sally Weeks, Dendrology Laboratory Manager, is serving as President-Elect of the Indiana Chapter of The Wildlife Society for 2015.
      • Sam Guffey​, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Laboratory Manager, was elected the 2015-16 vice chair for the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC). Sam’s term begins June 1. Sam will serve as APSAC chair in 2016-17.

      May 2015Yes
       Department Head Note

      Congratulations to all for bringing to a close another successful academic year! The conclusion of the spring semester provides an opportunity to highlight some of the accomplishments of FNR faculty, staff, and students. Many of these accomplishments were shared publicly at the spring awards ceremony, but to that list I’ve added some faculty and staff awards and honors. See below.

      Faculty professional commitment and level of recognition in the past year was unparalleled, as exemplified by service on editorial boards or as editor of 22 scientific journals. Make sure to check out the publications below!

      Research publications and grants were at or near all-time high, and the attention paid by peers to the science conducted in FNR increased by 29% based on citations of work as seen in the graphs below.

      Research Productivity 
      Research ProductivityResearch Productivity
      May 2012Yes
      Faculty continued to publish articles of high impact with three articles appearing on covers of journals with international distribution in 2011:
      • Dukes, J.S. et al. Strong response of an invasive plant species (Centaurea solstitialis L.) to global environmental changes. Ecological Applications.
      • Katzner, T.E., J.A.R. Ivy, E.A. Bragin, E.J. Milner-Gulland, and J.A. DeWoody. Conservation implications of inaccurate estimation of cryptic population size. Animal Conservation.
      • Phillips, C.D., T.S. Gelatt, J.C. Patton, and J.W. Bickham. Phylogeography of Steller sea lions: relationships among climate change, effective populations size, and genetic diversity. Journal of Mammalogy.
      Faculty and staff published three books in the past year:
      • Ziska, L.H., Dukes, J.S. 2011. Weed Biology and Climate Change. Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, Iowa, USA. 235 pp.
      • Weeks, S., and H. P. Weeks, Jr. 2012. Shrubs and woody vines of Indiana and the Midwest. Purdue University Press. 463 pp.
      • Cassens, D. L. 2012. Manufacturing and Marketing Eastern Hardwood Lumber Produced by Thin Kerf Band Mills. Purdue University. 366 pp.
      May 2012Yes
       Faculty Awards
      Faculty Awards
      In recognition of their outstanding accomplishments, numerous faculty were recognized:
      • Dr. Bill Hoover received the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association Career Award
      • Dr. Barny Dunning was inducted into Purdue’s Teaching Academy
      • Dr. Jeff Dukes was named a University Faculty Scholar
      • Brian MacGowan and Dr. Andrew DeWoody, Dr. Rod Williams, and Dr. Marisol Sepúlveda were members of the Purdue ZipTrips Team that won the 2012 Purdue Agriculture TEAM award. Come join in the celebration on May 9th from 2-4pm in the Deans Auditorium!
      • Dr. Rolf Peterson (Ph.D. wildlife, 1974) received the Ag Alumni Certificate of Distinction for his work on wolves and moose of Isle Royale. Rolf was advised at Purdue by…
      • Dr. Durward Allen (deceased), who was inducted into the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame
      • Dr. Pat Zollner was selected for the 2012 FNR Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
      • Dr. Michael Jenkins was selected for the 2012 FNR Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Early Career Award.
      • Dr. Andrew DeWoody was named the 2012 FNR Outstanding Graduate Educator
      • Dr. Bill Hoover received the inaugural Exemplary Faculty Service Award.
      May 2012Yes
       Staff Awards
      Staff Awards
      Members of our staff also deserve recognition for their feats:
      • Shelly Opperman, Carer Opportunities/Alumni Relations Coordinator, received the 2012 FNR Outstanding Service to Students award.
      • Lenny D. Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist, received the 2012 FNR Outstanding Administrative/Professional Staff Member Award.
      • Betty Barlow, Faculty Support, received the 2012 FNR Outstanding Clerical/Service Staff Member Award.
      May 2012Yes
       Faculty Promotions
      Faculty Promotions
      Due to their acheivements, the following is recognized:
      • Dr. Michael Jenkins was promoted to associate professor.
      May 2012Yes
       Graduate Honors and Awards
      Graduate Student Honors and Awards:
      • Joshua Shields was chosen to be the 2012 recipient of the Committee for Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) Teaching Award.
      • Christine Keller received the Nutrition Science Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award for 2012.
      • Ken Kellner was selected to receive a Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSC) Travel Grant.
      • Jessica Leet won first prize for her oral presentation at the Ohio Valley Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, entitled “Evaluation of responses to trenbolone acetate metabolites in early life-stage fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) using molecular tools”
      • Jennifer McCreight, a former Undergraduate Fellow associated with FNR’s Natural Resources Genetics area of excellence, was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Jennifer is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington in Seattle.
      • The 2012 Charles H. Michler Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduate Student Research in Forest Biology: Oriana Rueda Krauss.
      • The 2012 recipient of the Kirkpatrick memorial Graduate Student Award: Andrea F. Currylow.
      • The 2012 recipient of the Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Student Scholarship: Justin Travis Swaim.
      Winners of the 2010 FNR Research Symposium poster awards:
      • First Place ($100): Christine Keller
      • Second Place ($75): Cecilia Hennessy
      • Third Place: James Jacobs
      • First Place ($100): Kate Mulvaney
      • First Place ($100): Rita Blythe
      • Second Place ($75): Nikki VanDerLaan
      • Third Place: Andy Meier
      May 2012Yes
       Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards
      Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards:
      • Colleen Hartel, Jadelys Tonos, Jessica Rodkey and Christina Bienz were recipients of Martin undergraduate research scholarships from Agricultural Research Programs.
      • Lexis Butler, a Fisheries and Aquatic Science senior, won first prize in the undergraduate category for her poster entitled “Impacts of estrogen-containing domestic waste water on secondary sex characteristics and vitellogenin expression in male fathead minnows (Pimpephales promelas)”.
      • Christine Fultz was selected to be a recipient of the 2011-12 Russell O. Blosser Environmental Travel Grant. The Blosser Environmental Travel Grant provides funds toward research relating to the world environment.
      • 2012 Recipients of the Glenn R. Allison Scholarship: Katherine E. Walker, Sarah R. Ricketts, Melissa M. Stallard, and Jessica T. Rodkey.
      • 2012 Recipients of the Gladden Scholarships: Jacob W. Stockelman, Claire M. Towle, Grace L. Weisenbach, Christian M. Houser, Nicholas T. Simpson, Matthew T. Farr, Jadelys M. Tonos, Rachel A. Vanausdall, Amanda S. Webb, Christina R. Bienz, Wesley T. Homoya, and Olivia D. Leonard.
      • The 2012 recipient of the John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship: Olivia D. Leonard.
      • 2012 recipients of the Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarship: Charles W. Haney and Scott P. Sorensen.
      • 2012 recipients of the Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship in Forestry and Natural Resources: Micah Koehler-March, Robert M. Packard, Allison C. Rubeck, and Scott P. Sorensen.
      • The 2012 recipient of the Pike Lumber Company Scholarship: Thomas J. Bauters.
      • 2012 recipients of the Academic Merit Awards: Samatha J. Thiede, Jay M. Staton, Kristen N. Ruhl, Allison C. Rubeck, Charles W. Haney, Scott P. Sorensen, Andrew T. Bagnara, Courtney E. Blouzdis, Amanda S. Webb, Olivia D. Leonard, and Benjamin J. Davis
      • The 2012 recipients of Leadership Awards: Colleen E. Taylor, Elizabeth D. Monell, and Anthony R. Sipes.
      • Recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Camper Award: Lexis R. Butler, Rachel A. Eckhart, and Kara E. Osborne.
      • The 2012 recipient of the Society of American Foresters Senior Award: Derek G. Luchik.
      • The recipient of the 2012 William A. Rafferty Award: Randall T. Knapik.
      • The recipients of the 2012 Stanley Coulter Leadership Award: Randall T. Knapik and Anthony R. Sipes.
      • The 2012 Undergraduate Engagement Award winners: Ellen F. Kapitan and Suzanna J. Lyttle.
      • The 2012 L. David Mech Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award winners: Matthew T. Hamilton and Melissa A. Mills.
      • The 2012 recipient of the Durward Allen Memorial Award: Wesley T. Homoya.
      • The 2012 Undergraduate Research Award winner: Colleen J. Hartel.
      • The 2012 Outstanding Undergraduates: Christian M. Houser, Rachel A. Vanausdall, Wesley T. Homoya, and Courtney E. Blouzdis.
      Winners of the 2010 FNR Research Symposium poster awards:
      • First Place ($100): Melissa Mills
      • Second Place ($75): Jade Tonos
      • Third Place: Jon Moore
      May 2012Yes
       Department News
      Dr. Jason Hoverman
      Dr. Jason Hoverman,  Assistant Professor
      Dr. Shaneka S. Lawson
      Dr. Shaneka S. Lawson, US Forest Service scientist

      Department News

      • FNR hired Dr. Jason Hoverman as assistant professor in Vertebrate Ecology. Jason works in aquatic systems examining the effects of environmental stressors on aquatic ecosystems. He received his Ph.D. at University of Pittsburgh and has conducted postdoctoral work at University of Tennessee and University of Colorado. He will join us this summer and occupy an office on the 2nd floor of FORS, with a lab on the 1st floor.
      • Dr. Shaneka S. Lawson joined HTIRC as a US Forest Service scientist. Shaneka earned her Ph.D. in FNR under the direction of Dr. Paula Pijut. She assumed her new duties as a Research Plant Physiologist on October 10, 2011, with an office in FORS 3rd floor. As part of the recently formed Tropical HTIRC initiative, Shaneka will be studying the various environmentally induced parameters that differentiate tropical hardwood populations that drive tropical hardwood genetic improvement.
      • Dr. Alex Wiedenhoeft was appointed adjunct assistant professor of Forestry and Natural Resources. Alex is a Forest Service employee in the National Forest Products Laboratory who has worked closely with Rick Meilan and Dan Cassens in FNR.
      • Dan Bollock has joined FNR as the Wood Research Lab technician, replacing Daniel Warner, who is graduating. Dan has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and extensive experience as a design engineer and furniture maker. He will supervise and coordinate WRL activities, ensure safe use of equipment and its maintenance, assist in the classroom with teaching activities, assist with presentations at seminars, conventions, and short courses, and promote the Wood Research Laboratory. Dan’s office is located in FPRD.


      • Dr. Jim Beasley is leaving in June for a position as assistant research ecologist with the Savannah River Ecology Lab, University of Georgia. Congratulations, Jim!
      • Dr. Zach Olson is leaving in July for a position as an assistant research professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New England. Congratulations, Zach!
      • Daniel Warner is graduating and taking a new position with MasterBrand in Goshen, IN. Congratulations, Daniel!


      • We want to give a special congratulations to FNR’s own Kelly Garrett, Office of Student Services, who received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision in May. Way to go, Kelly!
      May 2012No


      • Beasley, J.C., and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. In Press. Are raccoons limited by the availability of breeding resources? Evidence of variability in fecundity at fine spatial scales. Journal of Wildlife Management.
      • Beasley, J.C., W.S. Beatty, T. Attwood, S. Johnson, O.E. Rhodes, Jr. In Press. A comparison of methods for estimating raccoon abundance: Implications for disease vaccination programs. Journal of Wildlife Management.
      • Beasley, J.C., Z.H. Olson, and T.L. DeVault. In Press. Carrion cycling in food webs: comparisons among terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Oikos. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20353.x
      • Cassens, D. L. 2012. Manufacturing and Marketing Eastern Hardwood Lumber Produced by Thin Kerf Band Mills. Purdue University. 366 pp.
      • Dalgleish, H.J., J.T. Shukle, and R.K. Swihart. 2012. Weevil seed damage reduces germination and seedling growth of hybrid American chestnut. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. In press.
      • Katzner, T.E., J.A.R. Ivy, E.A. Bragin, E.J. Milner-Gulland, and J.A. DeWoody. Conservation implications of inaccurate estimation of cryptic population size. Animal Conservation.
      • Dukes, J.S. et al. Strong response of an invasive plant species (Centaurea solstitialis L.) to global environmental changes. Ecological Applications.
      • Ziska, L.H., Dukes, J.S. 2011. Weed Biology and Climate Change. Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, Iowa, USA. 235 pp.
      • Govindan, B.N., and R.K. Swihart. 2012. Experimental beetle metapopulations respond positively to dynamic landscapes and reduced connectivity. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34518. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034518.
      • Phillips, C.D., T.S. Gelatt, J.C. Patton, and J.W. Bickham. Phylogeography of Steller sea lions: relationships among climate change, effective populations size, and genetic diversity. Journal of Mammalogy.
      • Pijut, P.M., Beasley, R.R., Lawson, S.S., Palla, K.J., Stevens, M.E., and Wang, Y. 2012. In vitro propagation of tropical hardwood tree species – A review (2001-2011). Propagation of Ornamental Plants 12 (1): 25-51.
      • Smith, J. W., & Moore, R. L. (in press). Social-psychological factors influencing recreation demand: Evidence from two recreational rivers. Environment and Behavior.
      • Smith, J. W., Siderelis, C., Anderson, D. H., & Moore, R. L. (in press). The effects of place meanings and social capital on desired forest management outcomes: A stated preference experiment. Landscape and Urban Planning.
      • Weeks, S., and H. P. Weeks, Jr. 2012. Shrubs and woody vines of Indiana and the Midwest. Purdue University Press. 463 pp.
      May 2012No
       Graduate Program News

      Graduate Office News

      David Reimer
      David Reimer preparing for his first day of work :)
      • Sam Nutile scheduled his masters thesis defense for April 20th.
      • Jessica Johnston scheduled her masters thesis defense for June 6th.
      • William Beatty scheduled his dissertation defense for July 20th.
      A Special Congratulations to the Following Students:
      • Rebecca Perry-Hill who passed her preliminary exam on March 30th!
      • Gang Shao successfully defended his masters thesis on April 18th!
      • Sam Nutile successfully defended his MS thesis on April 20th!
      • Ying Wang passed her preliminary exam on April 24th!
      • Congratulations to Jeff Dukes who received a 2012 PRF International Travel Grant!
      • Melissa Malloy successfully defended her masters thesis on April 13th!
      • David Michael Reimer joined the FNR family at 12:09 am on 27 April courtesy of dad Adam and mom Sarah. His position title is yet to be determined but presumably will be in natural resource social science. Salary negotiations are being delayed at least until David can walk and reach the mailbox to deposit survey forms :)
      May 2012No
       Upcoming Calendar Events
      Who knows what we may find!

      Upcoming Calendar Events

      FNR Graduate Student Council Presents
      BioBlitz Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources Graduate Student Council
      Where: Weiler-Leopold Nature Reserve/Black Rock Barrens (NICHES Land Trust)
      *parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged
      *see for directions
      When: Saturday May 5th, 3 – 5pm (A) and 8:30 – 11:30pm (E)
      What: Help ID species at a local land trust: Fish (A), Herps (A+E), Birds (E), Trees/Plants (A), Mammals (A), Insects (A+E)
      Why: Understand local biodiversity. Enjoy the outdoors. Learn identification skills and interact with new people!
      Wear: Proper attire: boots, pants, long sleeve shirts, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, waders (for fish identification)
      Bring: Other interested people, water + snacks, cameras, field guides, binoculars, flashlights
      Email with questions or if you would like to help plan:

      • May 5 – Semester ends
      • May 5 – FNR Grad Student Council BioBlitz, 3-5 pm and 8:30-11:30 pm, Weiler-Leopold Nature Reserve/Black Rock Barrens
      • May 12 - Spring commencement for College of Agriculture, 2:30 p.m.
      May 2012No



      Nanoday Table
      Nanoday Table
      The Sepúlveda Lab's Table at Nanodays

      Special Thank You

      • The Nebraska National Guard Ag Development Team extends a special thank you to Lenny Farlee, Jim McKenna, Peter Hirst, and Ron Overton for the forestry training they provided to the Team. The team leader was very complementary regarding the units of instruction and the instruction itself. He specifically mentioned the value of the grafting and tree planting exercise.

      Must See TV

      • Indiana Forestry was featured in a PBS special on April 26, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. The hour-long special episode was entitled “Indiana Expeditions: Forests At Work”. Segments or the entire episode plus bonus clips can be viewed from: Featured “stars” of the show include our own Dr. Mike Saunders, Lenny Farlee, Daniel Warner, Dr. Paula Pijut, Dr. Keith Woeste, and state forester Jack Seifert. The show was the result of a collaboration of the IDNR-Division of Forestry and WFYI public television, with support from the Indiana Society of American Foresters, IHLA, FedEx, the American Tree Farm System, and IAA. It examines the social, ecological and economic importance of Indiana’s forests. Viewers will get a close-up look at the production of lumber and veneer, visit Purdue University’s genetic and tissue culture labs, watch an arborist in action, witness the science of urban forestry during a street tree inventory and assessment, visit an Indiana Tree Farm and two state nature preserves, and much more. Hosted by Rick Crosslin and currently in its fourth season, “Indiana Expeditions” has garnered many national and regional awards including 3 Emmys.


      • Dr. Marisol Sepúlveda's students, Fish Ecology Lab, participated in “Nanodays” at Birck Nanotechnology Center. They had a booth on the environmental implications of nanotechnology focusing on effects of nanosilver on zebrafish.
      May 2012No


      Innovative Approaches Tested for Cleaner and Greener Roadsides
      Indiana Department of Natural Resources
      April 19, 2012
      INDIANAPOLIS – With roughly 11,000 miles of highways crossing the state, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is one of the largest property owners in Indiana. INDOT is partnering with researchers and the private sector to test innovative approaches that remove litter, promote drainage and improve environmental quality for highway roadsides while reducing costs to taxpayers.

      Purdue commercializes faster growing hardwood trees called Greatwoods
      Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
      April 23, 2012
      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Industries associated with hardwood growth and production may benefit from trademarked varieties of faster growing trees developed through a partnership between Purdue University and the U.S. Forest Service.

      May 2012No
       Special Feature

      Dr. Harmon Weeks' FNR teaching will always continue to touch the lives of our students

      Dr. Harmon P. Weeks, Jr., taught the final class of his illustrious 37-year career on Friday, April 29th.

      The students in his Wildlife Habitat Management class surprised him with cake and punch. And his teaching colleagues decided to join in on the festivities, although their reasons varied. Some seemed intent on renovating FORS 216. Others felt it was time to conduct a peer evaluation of Dr. Weeks’ teaching. And all wanted to show their appreciation and respect for an individual who has dedicated his life to teaching, and whose impact on lives of students has been positively inspiring.
      Harmon (Mick) Weeks teaching for the last time in FNR
      Students and faculty assemble in FORS 216 before Mick's arrival.
      Harmon (Mick) Weeks teaching for the last time in FNR
      Dr. Weeks calls on the unruly side of the classroom.
      Harmon (Mick) Weeks teaching for the last time in FNR
      Dr. Weeks explains that his wife and department head were former students.
      Harmon (Mick) Weeks teaching for the last time in FNR
      Contemplating a response to Rob's allegation that holding a review session on his last day of class is evidence that he's become a softy.
      May 2011Yes


      • Jenkins, M.A., R.N. Klein, and V.L. McDaniel. (In press) Yellow pine regeneration as a function of fire severity and post-fire stand structure in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Forest Ecology and Management
      • Krapfl, K.J., Holzmueller, E.J., and M.A. Jenkins. (In press) Early impacts of the hemlock woolly adelgid in Tsuga canadensis forests of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society
      • Piao, Z., L. Tang, R. K. Swihart, and S. Wang. 2011. Human-wildlife competition for Korean pine seeds: Vertebrate responses and long-term implications for mixed forests on Changbai Mountain, China. Annals of Forest Science. In press.
      • Stehn, S.E., C.R. Webster, and M.A. Jenkins. (In press) High-elevation ground-layer plant community composition across environmental gradients in spruce-fir forests. Ecological Research
      May 2011Yes


      • Marisol Sepulveda was awarded a 2011 Purdue Research Foundation International Travel Grant for her proposal for the “2011 International Conference on Environment OMICS” in Guangzhou China in November 2011. Congratulations, Marisol!
      • Doug Jacobs was awarded a 2011 Purdue Research Foundation International Travel Grant for his proposal for “Restoring Forests: Advances in Techniques and Theory” in Madrid Spain in September 2011. Congratulations, Doug!
      • Congratulations to Ralph Johnson, W. L. Mills, Bryan Pijanowski, Guofan Shao, Hao Zhang, and Pat Zollner! Their proposal “Handheld GPS and Hypsometer Units for Geospatial Instruction” was funded by an Instructional Innovation Funds award.
      May 2011Yes

      Student News

      • Lexis Butler was the College of Agriculture Dean’s Choice Award winner at the COA Poster Symposium for her poster entitled, “Impacts of Wastes from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations on Sex Differentiation of Fathead Minnow.”  Congratulations, Lexis!
      • Conor Keitzer successfully passed his preliminary exam on April 20th.  Congratulations, Conor!
      • Matt Beard successfully passed his preliminary exam on April 27th.  Congratulations, Matt!
      May 2011Yes

      FNR Faculty Interviewed by National Public Radio

      May 2011Yes

      In the News

      Idaho governor delclares wolves a "disaster emergency"
      by Laura Zuckerman
      April 19, 2011

      Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill on Tuesday declaring the gray wolf a "disaster emergency" in his state, days after Congress voted to strip the animal of federal protections there and in Montana.  Despite enactment of federal legislation turning wolf control over to state wildlife management and allowing licensed hunting of the animals, Otter welcomed his new authority to bring law enforcement to bear against any wolf threats to humans or livestock.  The gray wolf of the Northern Rockies is about to become the first creature ever taken off the U.S. endangered species list by act of Congress, rather than by scientific review, under a measure inserted into a sweeping budget bill.

      Measuring Americans' issue priorities
      David Scott Yeager, Samuel B. Larson, Jon. A Krosnick and Trevor Tompson
      Oxford Journals, Public Opinion Quarterly
      Vol. 75, No. 1, Apring 2011, pp. 125-138

      How you ask a question is important.  New research reveals more concern about global warming and the environment than previously thought.

      Cephalopods experience massive acoustic trauma from noise pollution in the oceans
      by Michel Andre
      Ecological Society of America
      Press Release April 11, 2011

      Noise pollution in the oceans has been shown to cause physical and behavioral changes in marine life, especially in dolphins and whales, which rely on sound for daily activities. However, low frequency sound produced by large scale, offshore activities is also suspected to have the capacity to cause harm to other marine life as well. Giant squid, for example, were found along the shores of Asturias, Spain in 2001 and 2003 following the use of airguns by offshore vessels and examinations eliminated all known causes of lesions in these species, suggesting that the squid deaths could be related to excessive sound exposure.

      May 2011Yes
       Upcoming Calendar Events


      Monday, May 2

      • Final exams begin 8:00 a.m.
      • 2011 Agricultural Research Award presentation and seminar. Recipient: Andrew DeWoody. 2:00 pm, Deans Auditorium. Reception to follow at 3:15 pm in Pfendler Gallery

      Wednesday, May 4

      • College Research discussion with Department Heads, 3pm

      Thursday, May 5

      • Academic Council meeting. 8:00 am, AGAD 128.

      Friday, May 6

    • Wildlife faculty meeting. 3:30 pm, FORS 208
    • Rob on vacation

        Monday, May 9

        • NAUFRP regional meeting, Minneapolis

        Tuesday, May 10

        • Quantitative Ecology meeting. 12 pm, FORS 208
        • NAUFRP regional meeting, Minneapolis

        Wednesday, May 11

        • AG department heads brown bag. 12 pm, PFEN 120. Hosted by FNR.

        Sunday, May 15

        • Commencement #V (Ag & Management). 2:30 p.m., Elliot Hall of Music. Reception beforehand in Ross-Ade Pavilion.

        May 2011Yes


        • A. Fahey, R.E. Ricklefs, and J.A. DeWoody (2014) DNA-based approaches for evaluating historical demography in terrestrial vertebrates. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press.
        • Liang, L., J.T. Clark, N. Kong, L., Rieske and S. Fei. (2014). Application of Spatial Risk Analysis in Invasive Insect Management. Forest Ecology and Management 315: 22-29.
        • Liang, L. and S. Fei. Incorporating Uncertainties in Invasive Species Risk Assessment under a Changing Climate. Climatic Change. (in press)
        • Harfouche, A., Meilan, R., and Altman, A. (2014). Molecular and physiological responses to abiotic stress in forest trees and their relevance to tree improvement. Tree Physiology (accepted).
        • Hoverman, JT, RD Cothran, and RA Relyea. 2014. Generalist versus specialist strategies of plasticity: Snail responses to predators with different foraging modes. Freshwater Biology.
        • Orlofske, SA, RC Jadin, JT Hoverman, and PTJ Johnson. 2014. Predation and disease: understanding the effects of predators at multiple trophic levels on pathogen transmission. Freshwater Biology.
        • Johnson, PTJ, and JT Hoverman. 2014. Heterogeneous hosts: how variation in host size, behaviour, and immunity affect parasite aggregation in an experimental system. Journal of Animal Ecology.
        • Winzeler, M., S. LaGrange, J. T. Hoverman. Ranavirus: Emerging Threat to Amphibians. Extension publication
        • Stevens, M.E. and Pijut, P.M. 2014. Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation and plant regeneration of the hardwood tree species Fraxinus profunda. Plant Cell Reports (DOI) 10.1007/s00299-014-1562-2.
        • Wijayawardena, B., Minchella, D. J., & DeWoody, J.A. (2013). Hosts, parasites, and horizontal gene transfer. Trends in Parasitology, 29:329-338.
        March 2014Yes
         Graduate Program News

        Graduate News

        • Zach Feiner scheduled his preliminary exam for March 28th.
        • Mekala Sundaram has scheduled her preliminary exam for April 9th.
        • Mesut Uysal has scheduled his final MS defense for April 22nd.
        March 2014Yes
         Graduate Honors and Awards

        Graduate Awards and Honors

        • Congratulations to Rita Blythe on successfully defending her masters thesis!
        • Congratulations to Patrick Freeland on successfully passing his masters thesis!
        • Congratulations to Gabriela Nunez-Mir winning one of the awards for Best Student Presentations at the 9th Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS conference, held in December in Athens, GA. Gabriela is a Ph.D. student of Dr. Songlin Fei.
        • Congratulations to Ying Wang who has accepted a postdoctoral position at Oklahoma State University beginning February 24th.
        • Congratulations to Amber Mase on being selected a Student Presentation Award Winner at the Ninth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research during the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting! Amber’s presentation was entitled, “Climate change risk and adaptation: Perspectives of Midwestern agriculturalists.”
        • Congratulations to Ben Pauli who is the focus of the latest Graduate Ag Research Spotlight.
        March 2014Yes
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