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 Funding

Funding

  • 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
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 Publications

Publications

  • ​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
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 Presentations

Presentations

  • 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
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 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
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 Podcasts

Podcasts

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
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 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
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 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
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 Announcing

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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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 NWIndianaLife.com.
    “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
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 Funding

Awards

  • 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
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 Publications

Publications

  • 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 (http://biologiaboricua.com) - 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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

  • 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
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 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
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 Articles

Articles

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
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 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
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 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!

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Dr. Rob Swihart, Professor and Head

May 2015Yes
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 Publications
Publications
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
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 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
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 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
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 Faculty Promotions
Faculty Promotions
Due to their acheivements, the following is recognized:
  • Dr. Michael Jenkins was promoted to associate professor.
May 2012Yes
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 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:
Ph.D./Research
  • First Place ($100): Christine Keller
  • Second Place ($75): Cecilia Hennessy
  • Third Place: James Jacobs
Ph.D./Engagement:
  • First Place ($100): Kate Mulvaney
M.S./Research
  • First Place ($100): Rita Blythe
  • Second Place ($75): Nikki VanDerLaan
  • Third Place: Andy Meier
May 2012Yes
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 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
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 Department News
Dr. Jason Hoverman
Dr. Jason Hoverman,  Assistant Professor
Dr. Shaneka S. Lawson
Dr. Shaneka S. Lawson, US Forest Service scientist

Department News
Additions

  • 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.

Departures

  • 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!

Congratulations

  • 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
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 Publications

Publications

  • 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
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 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
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 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
*NO BATHROOMS OR DRINKING WATER ONSITE
*see www.nicheslandtrust.org 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: pcrystal@purdue.edu


  • 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
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 Announcing

Announcements

 

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: http://www.wfyi.org/IndianaExpeditions/ForestsAtWork.asp. 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.

Nanodays

  • 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.
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 Articles

Articles

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.

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 Publications

Publications

  • 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 Faculty Awards

Faculty Honors

Purdue zipTrip Group Picture
Rod Williams with a student
Purdue zipTrip set
March 2014Yes
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 Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards

Undergraduate Awards

Lindsey Purcell, Travis Dunn, and Rick Carter Lindsey Purcell (left), Executive Director of the IAA, Travis Dunn (middle) and Rick Carter (right), President of the IAA.

The Indiana Arborist Association honors a Purdue University student who has a professional interest in some aspect of urban forestry with the IAA Ramsey Award. The IAA makes this award in memory of Paul Ramsey, who was an outstanding Indiana arborist and past president of the organization. The award consists of a plaque and a check for $1000.

Travis Dunn, this year’s recipient is a senior with a major in Forestry who is expected to graduate in December 2014. Additionally, he has completed an Associate’s degree in Forestry and Conservation from Vincennes University. Travis has been active with the Purdue Student Society of American Foresters, Student Society of Arboriculture, Purdue American Fisheries Society and the FNR Student Council. Since 2007, he has been employed with the Hendricks County Parks and Recreation Department. Travis’ objectives after graduating from Purdue are for a successful career in the Parks and Recreation field or a career in urban forestry as an arborist.

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 Staff Awards

Staff Awards

  • Congratulations to Tamara Benjamin, sustainable agriculture and natural resources scientist, who is part of the CPIASR team that recently was selected to receive the College of Engineering team excellence award! The purpose of this award “is to recognize and encourage teamwork or multidisciplinary efforts and faculty and staff in the College of Engineering.” The project will receive $10,000 and each team member receives $1,000.
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 Department News

Department News

Bryan Murray Bryan Murray
  • FNR welcomes a new staff member! On February 3rd, Schanna Lawinger began working as a transformation technician in Dr. Rick Meilan’s, professor of genetics, molecular tree physiology lab. Schanna is a 2011 graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, with a BA in Biology, and moved to Lafayette, IN, that same year to attend nursing school. Last fall, Schanna took a part-time job at Purdue to work for Dr. Theresa Hughes in Botany and Plant Pathology, after deciding that her true calling was to pursue work in some aspect of biology, in an academic setting. Please drop by Rick’s lab to introduce yourself and make Schanna feel welcome.
  • Bryan Murray (pictured right) joins FNR as a member of the initial class of Purdue Postdoctoral Scholars in Natural Resources. Bryan is currently working with the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment to explore relationships between functional diversity and ecosystem resilience to disturbance. Before joining the FNR, he completed a PhD at Michigan Technological University, where he studied the ecology of white-tailed deer migrations, moose browsing in boreal forests, and disturbance ecology of hemlock-northern hardwood forest.
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 Alumni Updates

Alumni News

Paul and Toni Smith Paul and Toni Smith
  • Scott A. Jamieson, Vice President of Bartlett Tree Experts reports that he recently attended the Tree Care Industry Association conference in the Bahamas. There he ran into his former Purdue classmate, Toni Rogers Smith. Toni and her husband, Paul own a tree company in Denver.
  • Jeff Moore and Alex Houston are the proud parents of Anna Kathryn Moore, born 8:50 a.m. on Valentine’s Day. She weighed 8 pounds, 5.5 oz. and was 20 inches long. According to the proud dad, everyone is happy and healthy. (pictures below). Jeff (Ph.D.) and Alex (B.S., M.S.) received degrees in wildlife from FNR. Jeff is a quantitative ecologist with the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and Alex is a field ornithologist with USGS.
Newborn Anna Moore Anna Moore
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 Articles

Article

Polar Bear Flip-Flop: People Hated, Then Loved These Photos. What Changed?

National Public Radio

By Robert Krulwich

March 1, 2014

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 Upcoming Calendar Events

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Monday through Friday, March 17-21, Spring Break, no classes
  • Friday, April 11, 1-4:30 pm, FNR Research Symposium/Poster Session
  • Monday, April 28, 3:30-5 pm, Department meeting
  • Saturday, May 3, Spring classes end
  • Monday-Saturday, May 5-10, Final exam week
  • Saturday, May 17, 2:30 pm, College of Agriculture commencement
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 FNR Retreat, Wright Center
  • Monday, August 25, Fall 2014 semester begins
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 Extension News

FNR Extension

Successful shrimp business thanks FNR Extension for their shared aquatics expertise. Purdue aquaculture researcher Bob Rode and Dr. Kwamena Quagrainie, aquaculture marketing director, instructs RDM Aquaculture and provides resources to aid in building business.

Extreme Makeovers: Purdue Extension Helps Rural Communities Reinvent, Revitalize
Agricultures Magazine
By Steve Leer
December 2, 2013

Albany shrimp farm in the works
The Star Press
By Seth Slabaugh
February 15, 2014

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 Faculty in the News

Faculty in the News

The Williams and Prokopy labs wrote an article for the Year of the Salamander campaign.  “Outreach and Education in Action – Saving Salamanders” highlights the work they have done with outreach and education in Indiana and also the work of others across the country.  Check out the February 2014 issue (no. 2) of Salamander News, provided by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), members include state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, research laboratories, forest industries and more.

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 Publications

Publications (And lots of them!)

  • Campomizzi A.J., Morrison M.L., DeWoody J.A., Farrell S.L. & Wilkins R.N. (2012) Win-stay, lose-switch and public information strategies for patch-fidelity of a songbird with rare extra-pair paternity. Scientific Reports. In press.
  • Baumgart-Getz, Adam, Linda Stalker Prokopy, and Kristin Floress. 2012. Why Farmers Adopt Best Management Practices: A Meta-Analysis of the Adoption Literature. Journal of Environmental Management, 96: 17-25.
  • Reimer, Adam P., Denise Klotthor Weinkauf, Linda Stalker Prokopy. 2012. The Influence of Perceptions of Practice Characteristics: An Examination of Agricultural Best Management Practice Adoption in Two Indiana Watersheds. Journal of Rural Studies, 28: 118-128.
  • Thompson, Aaron W., Sarah Dumyahn, Linda S. Prokopy, Shannon Amberg, Adam Baumgart-Getz, JoElla Jackson-Tyree, Rebecca Perry-Hill, Adam Reimer, Kimberly Robinson, Amber Saylor. In Press. Comparing Random Sample Q and R Methods for Understanding Natural Resource Attitudes. Field Methods.
  • Floress, Kristin, Linda Stalker Prokopy, Janet Ayres. In Press. Who’s in Charge: Role Clarity in a Midwestern Watershed Group. Environmental Management.
  • Prokopy, Linda Stalker, Daniel Aldrich, Janet Ayres, Shannon Amberg, Alicia Molloy, Amber Saylor, Aaron Thompson. In Press. Context Matters: The Importance of Local Culture in Community Participation. Journal of Extension
  • Sepúlveda MS, Patrick HK, Sutton TM. (2012) A single se lamprey attack causes acute anemia and mortality in lake sturgeon. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. In Press.
  • Sepúlveda MS, Sutton TM, Patrick HK, Amberg JJ. (2012) Blood-chemistry values for shovelnose and lake sturgeon. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. In Press.
  • Maity S, Jannasch A, Adamec J, Nalepa TF, Höök TO, Sepúlveda MS. (2012) Starvation causes disturbance in amino acid and fatty acid metabolism in Diporeia spp. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B. In Press.
  • Maity S, Jannash A, Adamec J, Gribskov M, Nalepa TF, Höök TO, Sepúlveda MS. (2012) Metabolite profiles in starved Diporeia spp. using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) based metabolomics. Journal of Crustacean Biology. In Press.
  • Thurston, Linda, Christa Smith, Ken Genskow, Linda Prokopy and William Hargrove. In Press. The Social Context of Water Quality Improvement Evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation.
  • Fei, S., Liang, L., Paillet, F. L., Steiner, K. C., Fang, J., Shen, Z., Wang, Z. and Hebard, F. V. (2012) Modelling chestnut biogeography for American chestnut restoration. Diversity and Distributions, 1-5.
  • Smyser, T.J., J.E. Duchamp, S.A. Johnson, J.L. Larkin, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. (In Press.) Consequences of metapopulation collapse: Comparison of genetic attributes between two Allegheny woodrat metapopulations. Conservation Genetics.
  • Smith, J. W., Moore, R. L., Anderson, D. H., & Siderelis, C. (In press). Community resilience in Southern Appalachia: A theoretical framework and three case studies. Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10745-012-9470-y
  • Smith, J. W., Leahy, J. E., Anderson, D. H., & Davenport, M. A. (In press). Community/agency trust: A measurement instrument. Society and Natural Resources.
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 Graduate Program News

Graduate Office News

  • Rebecca Perry-Hill scheduled her preliminary exam for March 30th.
  • Keija Pang scheduled her preliminary exam for April 23rd.
  • Matt Caldwell scheduled his M.S. thesis defense for March 30th.
Congratulations
  • Ken Kellner successfully defended his masters thesis on February 27th.
  • Amin Tayyebi successfully passed his preliminary exam on February 20th.
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 Graduate Honors and Awards

Graduate Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to Joshua Shields, who was chosen to be the 2012 recipient of the Committee for Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) Teaching Award.
  • Congratulation to Ralph Johnson, who just accepted a county agent position with the Montana Extension in Ravalli County. This is the county where he and his wife have a farm. He will be starting April 9. He will be continuing his biomass work at UNL until the end of March. Way to go, Ralph!
  • Congratulations to Christine Keller on receiving the Nutrition Science Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award for 2012!
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 Articles

Articles

Harvard Conference Seeks to Jolt University Teaching
Dan Berrett
A growing body of evidence from the classroom, coupled with emerging research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, is lending insight into how people learn, but teaching on most college campuses has not changed much, several speakers said here at Harvard University at a daylong conference dedicated to teaching and learning.


Studying Nature's Rhythms: Soundscape Ecologists Spawn New Field
Red Orbit
(Featuring: Bryan Pijanowksi)
Unfamiliar words. But they shouldn't be. We're surrounded by them morning, noon and night, say ecologist Bryan Pijanowski of Purdue University and colleagues. The evening "singing" of frogs. Burbling brooks, breaking waves and the whistling wind. Planes, trains and automobiles. Biophony is the music created by organisms like frogs and birds; geophony, the composition of non-biological sounds like wind, rain and thunder; and anthrophony, the conglomeration of noise from humans.


New Windows-based cluster supercomputer now available to Purdue researchers
Greg Kline
(Featuring: Bryan Pijannowski and Pat Zollner)
Forestry and natural resources Professor Bryan Pijanowski’s research looks at how people and land use play into the state of ecosystems, including issues like projecting loss of prime farmland to urbanization over the next 50 years and the potential effects of climate change on fish habitats.


'Supergiant' Crustaceans Found Near New Zealand
Jennifer Viegas
"Supergiant" amphipods measuring over 13 inches long have just been found in waters north of New Zealand, according to a University of Aberdeen press release. These enormous shrimp-resembling shellfish are some of the most enigmatic creatures in seas worldwide. These latest finds near New Zealand were discovered nearly 23,000 feet below the water's surface in one of the deepest places in the ocean.


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 Upcoming Calendar Events

Upcoming dates for your calendar:

  • Monday through Saturday, March 12-17 – Spring vacation
  • Monday, March 26 – FNR Department meeting, PFEN 120, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 23 – FNR Department meeting, PFEN 120, 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28 – Classes end
  • Monday through Saturday, April 30 – May 5 – Final exams
  • Saturday, May 5 – Semester ends
  • Saturday, May 12, Spring commencement for College of Agriculture, 2:30 p.m.
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 Announcing

Announcements

www.purdue.edu/ziptrips
Hello, Educators and Technology Specialists!

Here are some fun facts about 'It's a Gene Thing!' zipTrip that you might be interested in sharing with your students before the LIVE event:

  • 125 schools with more than 5,000 across the country have signed up to participate in the program
  • This includes schools in Indiana, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, California, New York, Arizona, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Vermont, West Virginia, South Carolina, Kansas, Colorado, Maryland, Washington, Florida, Kentucky, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and more!
  • Usually 50 of those schools participate LIVE today and the others use the recording of the zipTrip later in the school year
  • Anyone can email questions in to the scientists: ziptrips@purdue.edu
  • We will be testing out a new interactive technology called HotSeat with 8 schools in IN, PA, IA, and TX
  • Our scientists will have live animals in the studio! (listen for some interesting history and facts about the animals)
  • It takes 5 people to run cameras for a zipTrip! (this doesn't even include all of the people in the control room and sending it to the web for you to watch it!)
  • We are very excited to connect with all of you today!
We look forward to hearing from you about your experiences after the zipTrip – we will be sending out a link to a feedback survey after the program, please take time to fill it out!

 

Thanks,
Jamie--
Jamie Loizzo
Video Producer/Purdue zipTrips Project Manager
615 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Ph: (765) 494-8400
Fax: (765) 496-1548


  • Joe Ruhl, biology teacher at Lafayette Jefferson High School, was recently announced as the winner of the Shell National Teaching Award, given annually to America’s top science educator. Joe has worked in the lab of Andrew DeWoody and is an outstanding ambassador for scientific literacy.
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 Department Head Note

Department Head Note

Purdue University ranks #6 in the world in Agriculture and Forestry according to QS World University Rankings released in May! These rankings are focused more on output than, e.g., US News and World Report rankings. Criteria include academic peer perspective on reputation (50%), employer perspective on reputation (10%), citations per faculty (20%), and h-index (20%). Boiler Up!

Dr. Rob Swihart, Professor and Head
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 Publications

Publications

  • Hoverman, JT, BJ Hoye, and PTJ Johnson. 2013. Does timing matter? How priority effects influence the outcome of parasite interactions within hosts. Oecologia DOI. 10.1007/s00442-013-2692-x
  • Johnson, PTJ, DL Preston, JT Hoverman, and KLD Richgels. 2013. Biodiversity decreases disease through predictable changes in host community competency. Nature 494:230-233.
  • Johnson, PTJ, JT Hoverman, VJ McKenzie, AR Blaustein, and KLD Richgels. 2013. Urbanization and wetland communities: applying metacommunity theory to understand the local and landscape effects. Journal of Applied Ecology 50:34-42.
  • Palla, K.J., Beasley, R.R., and Pijut, P.M. (2013) In vitro culture and rooting of Diospyros virginiana L. HortScience 48(6):747-749.
  • Richgels, KLD, JT Hoverman and PTJ Johnson. 2013. Evaluating community structure and the role of regional and local processes in larval trematode metacommunities of Helisoma trivolvis. Ecography 36:854-863.
  • Wijayawardena B., Minchella D.J. & DeWoody J.A. (2013) Hosts, parasites, and horizontal gene transfer. Trends in Parasitology (in press).
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 Special Feature

Celebrating International Conference Successes

  • From 2-6 June, Purdue University and Illinois-Indiana SeaGrant hosted the 56th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research on behalf of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR). Tomas Höök, associate professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences, and Brian Miller, adjunct associate professor and director for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program, co-chaired the conference and did a fantastic job. Attendance was high (ca. 700) and included President Mitch Daniels, weather was exceptional, and scientific exchange was energizing. Congratulations to Tomas and Brian, as well as the multitude of other FNR faculty, staff, and students who played a hand in making the IAGLR conference a resounding success!
  • From 17-20 June, FNR convened the 9th North America Forest Ecology Workshop in Bloomington. Mike Saunders, associate professor of ecology and natural resources, chaired the conference, with assistance from Liz Jackson, manager of the Walnut Council and IFWOA coordinator; Justin Arsenault, FNR student; and Brian MacGowan, wildlife extension specialist, names a few of the many FNR folks who made the meeting come off smoothly. The workshop was well attended (ca. 200), weather was cooperative (even the thunderstorm at the banquet yielded a rainbow over the vineyard!), conference field trips were entertaining and educational, and the science was exceptional. Congratulations to Mike et al. for pulling of a highly successful meeting!
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 Faculty Awards

Faculty Awards

  • Congratulations to Jason Hoverman, assistant professor in vertebrate ecology, and his former postdoc advisor at University of Colorado, Boulder, Pieter Johnson, on being awarded the George Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America for their 2012 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper. Their study demonstrates how an ecological approach can contribute deeper understanding of biomedical questions. The Mercer Award recognizes an outstanding and recently-published ecological research paper by a young scientist. Way to go, Jason!
  • Congratulations to Marisol Sepúlveda, associate professor of ecology and natural systems, whose project entitled “Agrochemical Impacts on Human and Environmental Health: Mechanisms and Mitigation” was selected as this year’s Western Region in Excellence Multistate Research winner! The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 17 during the Western Region Joint Summer meeting in Coeur d’Alene, ID. I think our invitations are in the mail J.

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Congratulations to Jeff Dukes, associate professor of bio science, who was named Associate Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC). Jeff’s duties began on June 1. Inquiring minds want to know: Will he wear a suit?
  • Congratulations to Linda Prokopy, associate professor of natural resource social science, for being the featured researcher in the Ag Research Spotlight (June 19 edition) of Purdue Agriculture InFocus.
  • Congratulations to Matt Ginzel, associate professor, for being the featured researcher in the Ag Research Spotlight (June 14 edition).

Opportunity for Post Doctoral/Pre-Tenure Women

  • September 26-27, 2013, 4th Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women, Purdue University. The two day event features national speakers from across higher education, sessions on leadership development, informal discussions, and networking with peers from around the country. 
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 Funding

Funding

  • Jason Hoverman, assistant professor in vertebrate ecology, recently received a Summer Faculty Grant of $8,000 from the Purdue Research Foundation for his research project entitled, “Induced pesticide resistance: The role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptation to novel environments.”
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 Graduate Honors and Awards

Graduate Awards

  • Congratulations to Janna Willoughby who was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the 18th Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Janna is one of Dr. DeWoody’s graduate students.
  • Congratulations to Micah Stevens on receiving a travel grant from the Board of Directors of the Walnut Council Foundation, Inc. Micah will be presenting his research on the Rapid in vitro shoot proliferation and anatomical investigation of adventitious root formation in black walnut (Juglans nigra) microshoots at the VII International Walnut Symposium in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. Micah works with Dr. Paula Pijut.

Graduate Honors

  • Congratulations to Kaitlin Palla who successfully defended her MS thesis on April 16th! Kaitlin works with Dr. Paula Pijut.
  • Congratulation to Gretchen White who successfully defended her master’s thesis on June 10th! Gretchen works with Dr. Pat Zollner.
  • Congratulations to Jamie Herold who successfully defended her master’s thesis on June 25th! Jamie works with Dr. Jeff Dukes.
  • Congratulations to Melissa R. Johnson on being chosen to participate in the 2013 Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) workshop to be held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The application process was competitive with selected participants receiving funds to cover travel, housing, and food expenses for the week of the workshop. Melissa works with Dr. Paula Pijut.
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 Graduate Program News

Graduate Program News

  • Sarah Dumyahn has scheduled her dissertation defense for June 28th.
  • Jay Beugly scheduled his preliminary exam for July 2nd.
  • Rebecca Perry-Hill scheduled her dissertation defense for July 18th.
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 Staff Awards

Staff Awards and Accomplishments

  • Congratulations to Jennifer Spitznagle, FNR Business Services, for the very nice comments submitted to Thumbs Up, the online recognition column in Purdue Today by Stuart Carlton. Stu said that “Jennifer Spitznagle (Forestry and Natural Resources): 'Thumbs Up' to Jennifer Spitznagle for helping me navigate (so to speak) the travel systems under some complex travel scenarios. Her dedication, knowledge, and personal touch have made everything much smoother, and she has saved me countless hours of frustration and difficulty. Thank you, Jennifer! -- Stuart Carlton (Forestry and Natural Resources). Jennifer also made the June 19 edition of the Purdue Agriculture In Focus newsletter.
  • Congratulations to Jennifer Spitznagle, associate professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences, 2013 graduate of the Accomplished Clerical Excellence (ACE) program. From Career Planning and Development at Purdue website: “To be a candidate for the ACE program, clerical and service staff must submit an application for admittance along with a supervisor’s recommendation. Approximately 20 participants are admitted to the program each year. Successful candidates begin a two-year curriculum designed to accelerate skill development and networking opportunities across the University.” Photos below are from her commencement ceremony. In the first photo, Al Diaz, Executive Vice President for Business and Finance, Treasurer presents Jennifer with her certificate. Way to go, Jennifer! We are so proud of you!
Jennifer Spitznagle receiving her ACE Diploma Jennifer Spitznagle receiving her ACE Diploma
Jennifer Spitznagle showing her ACE Diploma Jennifer Spitznagle showing her ACE Diploma
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 Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards

Undergraduate Awards

Lindsey Purcell and Joseph Cogswell shaking hands(Pictured left) Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Specialist congratulating Joseph Cogswell (pictured right).
  • Two Purdue students were recently recognized with the annual Vine & Branch Excellence in Urban Forestry Award for their ability to apply classroom theory to real world situations in creating tree appraisal reports. Joseph Cogswell, Long Beach, Ind. won this year’s award for his working knowledge of tree appraisal concepts as well as his professional report writing skills. (Pictured at right with Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell.) Second place was awarded to Bridget Chandler, Fishers, Ind. The award includes a cash prize given to the winner and the winner’s name attached to a permanent award plaque that hangs in the Purdue Forestry Department building. Entrants were given the task to review documents and aerial photography, subsequently writing a report that determined the value of trees that had been allegedly removed by a contractor by mistake.
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 Department News

Department News

  • Congratulations to Carolyn Foley, FNR research associate, and Dave Ewoldt on the birth of their daughter, Penelope Kathryn Ewoldt on May 6. She weighed 9 lbs 10 ozs and was 21 inches long.
  • Congratulations to Rob, Ph.D. student, and Jen Morrissey on the birth of their son, Ethan on June 4 at 10:30 p.m. Ethan weighed in at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and is 21 inches long.
Baby Penelope Kathryn Ewoldt Penelope Kathryn Ewoldt
Baby Ethan Morrissey Ethan Morrissey
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 Alumni Updates

Alumni Updates

  • Check out this article in May 24, 2013 issue of Science Magazine which focuses on the research done by Dr. Rolf Peterson (FNR grad and 2012 College of Ag Certificate of Distinction recipient). The research grew out of the work done by former Purdue FNR Professor Durward Allen and his Ph.D. student, Dr. David Mech (recipient of the Distinguished Ag Alum award and an Honorary Doctorate from Purdue), which they initiated in 1959.

    Are Isle Royale’s Wolves Chasing Extinction?
    Science Magazine
    By Christine Mlot
    May 24, 2013

    Wolves in an iconic predator-prey study are not producing pups, leaving scientists to confront a genetic rescue—or the project's demise. Continue Reading...

  • FNR forestry alum Larry Mikkelson earns national Conservation Excellence Award. (Thanks to Joe Lehnen, another FNR alum, for sending this story to us at Spotting Scope!)

    Department’s Forest Legacy Program Coordinator Wins National Award, Bumpass Man is 35-year Veteran of VDOF
    Virginia Department of Forestry
    April 23, 2013

    Larry Mikkelson, Forest Legacy program coordinator at the Virginia Department of Forestry, earned the national Conservation Excellence Award 2012. He is only the fifth recipient of this award in the 108-year history of the U.S. Forest Service. Continue Reading...

  • Daniel Kump has been promoted by Davey Tree Expert Company to the District Manager role for the San Diego, CA territory. Daniel has been a Sales Arborist in San Diego for the past 3 years and has demonstrated excellent results in the role as well as provided leadership to growing the operation. He has been with the Davey family for over 5 years. Daniel attended D.I.T.S. in 2009, is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds CA QAL pesticide certification. He attended Purdue University graduating with a B.S. in Forestry. (Thanks to Mark Noark for sending this great news to us!)
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 Articles

Articles

Cheating Lessons, Part 1
The Chronicle of Higher Education
By James M. Lang
May 28, 2013

Instead of focusing on common characteristics of cheaters, can we reduce the problem by modifying our classroom practices? Continue Reading...

How Cultural Stereotypes Lure Women Away From Careers in Science
Time Magazine
By Maia Szalavitz
March 25, 2013

Women may be underrepresented in science and technology not because they are less skilled in those areas or because they face specific gender barriers to entering these fields, but because they may find better opportunities elsewhere. Continue Reading...

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 Upcoming Calendar Events

Upcoming Events

  • July 4, Independence Day, no classes/offices closed
  • August 3, 9:30 a.m. (all divisions), Summer commencement and reception
  • August 9, Purdue Day at the State Fair
  • August 12-17, Boiler Gold Rush
  • August 14, 10: a.m., FNR Extension Retreat, John S. Wright Center
  • August 15, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., FNR Department Retreat, John S. Wright Center
  • August 16, 5:30 p.m., FNR department picnic. Location TBA
  • August 29, 5:30 p.m., FNR Ginko Gathering, Pfendler Hall Lawn
  • September 2, Labor Day, no classes/offices closed
  • September 6, 3:30 p.m., FNR Department meeting, PFEN 120
  • September 20 to Sunday, September 22 – FNR Centennial Celebration!
  • October 4, 8:30 a.m., FNR Fall promotion and tenure meeting, PFEN 120
  • October 11, 3:30 p.m., FNR Department meeting, PFEN 120
  • November 8, 3:30 p.m., FNR Department meeting, PFEN 120
  • December 5, 3:30 p.m., College of Ag faculty meeting, Deans Auditorium (PFEN 241)
  • December 6, 3:30 p.m., FNR Department meeting, PFEN 120
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 Extension News

Feast Like a Hellbender

Recently Professor Williams’ service learning class held “Feast like a Hellbender” in Corydon, Indiana. Over 100 people turned out. Professor Williams’ students had 5 educational hellbender booths set up. The event was finished off with a crawfish dinner (the hellbender’s diet consists of > 90% crayfish).

Professor Williams and his Servvice Learning Class The Eat Like a Hellbender Event
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 Month Year of Newsletter

​Spotting Scope - June 2013

June 2013Yes
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 Articles

Articles

Oil Spill Researchers Lose Fight to Protect Documents
by Eli Kintisch
Science Magazine
June 8, 2012

In April, oceanographer Christopher Reddy and chemical engineer Richard Camilli of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts received a startling request from WHOI's attorney: Hand over the passwords to your work e-mail accounts. As part of a massive lawsuit sparked by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, lawyers for BP were asking to see thousands of internal e-mails and documents that the researchers had created as they worked with the U.S. government and BP to determine the size of the historic spill. The company's sweeping request prompted “a sense of invasion,” says WHOI Research Director Larry Madin. And the stunned researchers—who were not accused of wrongdoing and are not directly involved in the lawsuit—resolved to resist. More...


Alien invaders threaten Antarctic fringes
by Richard Black
BBC News
March 5, 2012

The fringes of Antarctica are being invaded by alien plants and tiny animals, scientists have found. Researchers scoured the clothes and boots of tourists and scientists visiting the continent and found that most were carrying plant seeds. More...

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 Publications

Publications

  • Burney, O.T. and Jacobs, D.F. 2012. Terpene production and growth of three Pacific Northwest conifers in response to simulated browse and nutrient availability. Trees: Structure and Function doi: 10.1007/s00468-012-0709-4.
  • Dey, D.C., Gardiner, E.S., Schweitzer, C.J., Kabrick, J.M., and Jacobs, D.F. 2012. Underplanting to sustain future stocking of oak (Quercus) in temperate deciduous forests. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9330-z.
  • Eo S.H. & DeWoody, J.A. (2012) The effects of contig length and depth on the estimation of SNP frequencies, and the relative abundance of SNPs in protein-coding and non-coding transcripts of tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum). BMC Genomics, in press.
  • Franklin, J.A., Zipper, C., Burger, J., Skousen, J., and Jacobs. D.F. 2012. Influence of herbaceous ground cover on forest restoration of eastern US coal surface mines. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9342-8.
  • Johnson, P.T.J. and J.T. Hoverman. In press. Intrahost parasite diversity determines pathogen infection success and host fitness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Kabrick, J.M., Dey, D.C., Van Sambeek, J., Coggeshall, M.V., and Jacobs, D.F. 2012. Quantifying hardwood seedling flood tolerance in an outdoor flood tolerance laboratory for bottomland restoration. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9331-y.
  • Keitzer, S.C. and R.R. Goforth. In Press. Response of stream-breeding salamander larvae to sediment deposition in southern Appalachian (USA) headwater streams. Freshwater Biology.
  • Li, X.X. and G.F. Shao. 2012. Object–based urban vegetation mapping with high resolution aerial photography as a single data source. International Journal of Remote Sensing. In press.
  • Löf, M., Dey, D.C., Navarro, R.M., and Jacobs, D.F. 2012. Mechanical site preparation for forest restoration. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9332-x.
  • Maltoni, A., Mariotti, B., Jacobs, D.F., and Tani, A. 2012. Pruning methods to restore Castanea sativa stands attacked by Dryocosmus kuriphilus. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9323-y.
  • Nutile, S., J. Amberg, M. Sepulveda, and R. Goforth. In Press. Effects of multiple electrical field exposures on cyprinid embryo survival. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
  • Oliet, J.A. and Jacobs, D.F. 2012. Restoring forests: advances in techniques and theory. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9354-4
  • Peng Zhao, Shuoxin Zhang, and Keith Woeste. 2012. Genotypic data changes family rank for growth and quality traits in a black walnut (Juglans nigra L.) progeny test. New Forests.
  • Pijanowski, B.C., L. Villanueva-Rivera, S. Dumyahn, A. Farina, B. Krause, B. Napoletano, S. Gage and N. Pieretti. 2011. Soundscape ecology: the science of sound in landscapes. BioScience 61(3): 203-216.
  • Puértolas, J. Jacobs, D.F., Benito, L.F., and Peñuelas, J.L. 2012. Cost-benefit analysis of different container capacities and fertilization regimes in Pinus stock-type production for forest restoration in dry Mediterranean areas. Ecological Engineering 44:210-215.
  • Shao, G.F. 2012. Remote Sensing. In: Encyclopedia of Environmetrics (2nd Ed.). El-Shaarawi and Piegorsch. eds, John Wiley & Sons. In press.
  • Shao, G.F. 2012. Satellite Data. In: Encyclopedia of Environmetrics (2nd Ed.). El-Shaarawi and Piegorsch, eds, John Wiley & Sons. In press.
  • Sloan, J.L. and Jacobs, D.F. 2012. Leaf physiology and sugar concentrations of transplanted Quercus rubra seedlings along nutrient and water availability gradients. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9326-8.
  • Smyser, T.J., J.E. Duchamp, S.A. Johnson, J.L. Larkin, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012. Consequences of metapopulation collapse: Comparison of genetic attributes between two Allegheny woodrat metapopulations. Conservation Genetics 13:849-858.
  • Tang, L.N., X.D. Su, G.F. Shao, H Zhang, and J.Z. Zhao. 2012. A Clustering-Assisted Regression (CAR) approach for developing spatial climate data sets in China. Environmental Modelling & Software 38: 122-128.
  • Tsakaldimi, M., Ganatsas, P., and Jacobs, D.F. 2012. Prediction of planted seedling survival of five Mediterranean species based on initial seedling morphology. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9339-3.
  • Wilson, B.C. and Jacobs, D.F. 2012. Chlorophyll fluorescence of stem cambial tissue reflects dormancy development in Juglans nigra seedlings. New Forests doi: 10.1007/s11056-012-9334-8.
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 Department News

Additions

  • Please join me in welcoming Kara Salazar as the new Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist in FNR. Kara is relocating with her husband and children from Indianapolis, where she worked for 9 years as the Education Outreach Coordinator of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI. In her new position, Kara will serve as a link between communities and scientists conducting research on natural resource sustainability, and she’ll work with campus faculty and specialists in building an integrated program that develops and delivers research results, decision tools and research based products to end users. She’ll participate in Natural Resource sustainability groups on campus that include Local Decision Maker team, PLUS, and SHE as well as other groups to provide input and expertise on development of technical decision support tools that meet community
    Bill Hoover holding his new granddaughter, Brielle
    Professor Bill Hoover holding his new granddaughter, Brielle
    needs in a user-focused manner and lead to delivery of products and programs to extension educators, community officials, and other key stakeholders. Kara also will work with Ag & Natural Resources, Community & Leadership Development, and Sea Grant extension personnel to develop and deliver comprehensive educational programs, continuing education trainings and products to communities necessary to achieve Natural Resource sustainability. Kara’s office is 3rd floor FORS, and her first day is Monday, June 25. Make a note to stop by and introduce yourself!
  • Christine and Matt Ginzels' new daughter, Julia Arden
    Christine and Matt Ginzels' new daughter, Julia Arden

Congratulations

  • To Professor Bill Hoover on becoming a grandfather on May 13th! Brielle Arelis Marmolejios weighed 7.04 pounds and was 19.5 inches long at birth. Proud grandpa and beautiful granddaughter pictured to the right.
  • To Christine and Matt Ginzel, Associate Professor, on the birth of their daughter, Julia Arden! Julia was born on Thursday, May 17 at 3:17 a.m., weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. and was almost 20” long. All are doing well and Anna is “over the moon” at the arrival of her baby sister.

Department Surprise

My Squirrel, Charlie
by Betty Barlow, Faculty Assistant

Hello Everyone!

Some of you may not know that Diana and I have a male and female cardinal that loves to come to the window by my desk and look in at us. We also have a squirrel I named Charlie who sits on the window sill and looks in now and then. Well, one morning last month Charlie decided to come “inside” to visit. Unfortunately, Diana was out of the building at the time so she missed all the excitement!

picture of a squirrel
This may go down as one of the funniest FNR stories of all time. Nevertheless it’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Around 9:15 while I was sitting at my desk checking my email, I heard some students out in the hallway. My door was open so I looked up and one of the students came inside the room and said, “Oh, I’m so sorry!” At the same time, in comes Charlie. I should say “in flies Charlie!” He jumped onto the window sill, on top of my flower pot, and along the table by the wall. By that time, I jumped up and screamed just as the squirrel leaped across my printer and onto one of my computer monitors which he pushed back as he jumped off the desk and out into the hall, STRAIGHT across to Dr. Hoover’s office who was sitting at his desk oblivious to what was taking place. Without missing a beat, the squirrel jumped onto Dr. Hoover’s window sill. It wasn’t until Charlie decided to jump from the window sill onto Dr. Hoover’s desk, missed and hit the floor that Bill realized we had an intruder. I had closed my door and was standing in the hallway with the students observing the squirrel’s adventure. It was hilarious as we watched Dr. Hoover scoot his chair back exclaiming, “What the??” Poor Charlie! After his fall, he ran back out into the hallway where we were blocking him from darting into the rest of the building. The poor little squirrel suddenly turned and headed toward the front door. Unfortunately, he was running so fast, he ran into the door’s window and knocked himself out. In a split second, though, he was back on his feet and out the door running like the dickens!! I’m afraid I might not see Charlie for a while. He’s probably sitting under a bush somewhere thinking, “Whew! What a trip that was!!”
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 Graduate Honors and Awards

Graduate Honors and Awards

Congratulations

  • To Rebecca Perry-Hill who won first place in the student poster competition for her poster entitled “Nontraditional and traditional land managers: comparing awareness and adoption of conservation practices” at the Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference, Portland OR.
  • To NahNah Kim for successfully defending her M.S. thesis!
  • To Darla French for successfully defending her dissertation!
  • To Micah Stevens for receiving 2nd place in the Plant Biotechnology Student Oral Presentation Competition at the 2012 World Congress on In Vitro Biology held recently in Bellevue, WA. His presentation was entitled, “Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and regeneration of pumpkin ash (Fraxinus profunda) hypocotyls.” Micah received a certificate and cash award.
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 Graduate Program News

Graduate News

  • Jo Ella Jackson-Tyree scheduled her masters thesis defense for June 25th.
  • Adam Reimer has scheduled his dissertation defense for June 26th.
  • Lamis Behbehani scheduled her dissertation defense for June 22nd.
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 Alumni Updates

Alumni News

  • Congratulations to FNR grad Michael Carney on his new position as the Indiana DNR Division of Communications Program Director 1/Multimedia Specialist. He will be producing a wide range of video for the whole department.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Mary Beth Kolozsvary on her new position as Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Siena College.
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 Upcoming Calendar Events

Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar

  • FNR department retreat, Thursday, August 16, 8:30am
  • Classes begin, Monday, August 20, 7:30 am
  • FNR department meeting, Friday, August 24, 3:30 pm, PFEN 120
  • Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 3 – NO CLASSES. University offices closed.
  • FNR department meeting, Friday, September 21, 3:30 pm, PFEN 120
  • Primary Committee meeting (Full Professors only), Tuesday, September 25, 10:45 am, PFEN 120
  • October Break, Monday and Tuesday, October 8 & 9
  • Primary Committee meeting (Entire committee), Friday, October 12, 11:30 am, PFEN 120
  • FNR department meeting, Friday, October 19, 3:30 pm, PFEN 120
  • FNR department meeting, Friday, November 16, 3:30 pm, PFEN 120
  • Thanksgiving vacation, Wednesday through Saturday, November 21-24
  • FNR department meeting, Friday, December 7, 3:30 pm, PFEN 120
  • Fall semester classes end, Saturday, December 8
  • Finals Week, December 10-15
  • Commencement, Sunday, December 16 (9:30 am and 2:30 pm)
  • Spring Semester begins, Monday, January 7, 7:30 am
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 Research

In the News

Put a tree in your tank? Ethanol research centers on poplars
by Steve Leer
Purdue Newsroom
(featuring: Professor Rick Meilan)
October 20, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Someday trees could provide more than just shade, scenery and building materials. Purdue University researchers are studying how poplars might be turned into liquid fuel. More...

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 Publications

Publications

  • ​​Pauli, B. P., P. A. Zollner​, G. S. Haulton, and G. Shao​.  2015.  The simulated effects of timber harvest on suitable habitat for Indiana and northern long-eared bats.  Ecosphere.
  • Goforth. R.R.​ and J. Janick. 2015. Identification of New World aquatic invertebrate illustrations in The Drake Manuscript. Journal of Natural History 49(11-12): 719-734.
  • Hamel, M.J., M.A. Pegg, R.R. Goforth​, Q. Phelps, K.D. Steffensen, J.J. Hammen, and M.L. Rugg.  2015. Range-wide age and growth characteristics of shovelnose sturgeon from mark-recapture data: Implications for conservation and management.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72:71-82. 
  • Malaypally, P., A.M. Liceaga, F. San Martin-Gonzalez, K.H. Kim, M. Ferruzzi, and R.R. Goforth. In Press. Influence of molecular weight on intracellular antioxidant activity of invasive silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) protein hydrolysates.  Journal of Functional Foods. doi:10.1016/j.jff.2014.06.011
  • Lenaerts, A.W., A.A. Coulter, Z.S. Feiner, and R.R. Goforth​.  In Press. Egg size variability in an establishing population of invasive silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (Valenciennes, 1844).  Aquatic Invasions.
  • Doyle, Jacqueline M., Claire C. Hacking, Janna R. Willoughby, Mekala Sundaram, J. Andrew DeWoody.  2015. Mammalian genetic diversity as a function of habitat, body size, trophic class, and conservation status.  Journal of Mammalogy.
  • Wijayawardena B., Minchella D.J.​ & DeWoody J.A.​ 2015. Horizontal gene transfer in schistosomes: a critical assessment.  Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology, in press.
  • Jenkins, L.H., M.A. Jenkins, and C.R. Webster. In press. Woody regeneration response to over a decade of deer population reductions in Indiana state parks. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.
  • Morrissey, R.C., M.R. Saunders, and M.A. Jenkins. In press. Successional and structural responses to overstorey disturbance in managed and unmanaged forests. Forestry  88: 376-389
  •  Shields, J.M., M.A. Jenkins, M.R. Saunders, K.D. Gibson, P.A. Zollner, and J.B. Dunning, Jr. 2015.  Influence of intensity and duration of invasion by Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on mixed hardwood forests of Indiana. Invasive Plant Science and Management 8:44-56.     
  • Shields, J.M.; M.R. Saunders, K.D. Gibson​P.A. Zollner, J.B. Dunning, Jr., and M.A. Jenkins. 2015. Short-Term Response of native Flora to the removal of non-native shrubs in mxed-hardwood forests of Indiana, USA. Forests 6: 1878-1896.
  • Webster, C.R. and M.A. Jenkins. 2015. Spatial patterning and floral synchrony among trillium populations with contrasting histories of herbivory.  PeerJ  3:e782 https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.782
  • Wen, Z.F., G.F. Shao, Z.A. Mirza, J.L. Chen, M.Q. Lv, and S.J. Wu. 2015. Restoration of shadows in multispectral imagery using surface reflectance relationships with nearby similar areas. International Journal of Remote Sensing (accepted)
  • Tang, L.N. and G.F. Shao. 2015. Drone remote sensing for forestry research and practices: a review. Journal of Forestry Research (in press)
  • Tang, L.N., L.M. Gui, G.F. Shao, L.Y. Wang, and L.Y. Shi. 2015. Practice and research progress on ecosystem conservation in transboundary areas. Chinese Geographical Science. doi: 10.1007/s11769-015-0761-2.
  • Janna R. WilloughbyMekala Sundaram, Wijayawardena B.K., Lamb M.C., Kimble S.J.A., Ji Y., Fernandez N.B.​, Antonides J.D.​, Marra N.J. & DeWoody J.A.​ (2015) The reduction of genetic diversity in threatened vertebrates and new recommendations regarding effective population size and IUCN conservation rankings.  Biological Conservation, in press.
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 Upcoming Calendar Events

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Friday, August 7, Summer school ends​
  • ​​Saturday, August 8, Summer commencement, 9:30 am
  • ​​​Thursday, August 20, FNR Retreat, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Monday, August 24, Fall 2015 semester begins, 7:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 2, College of Ag Ice Cream Social, 5:30-7:00 pm, Lilly Hall Lawn
  • Thursday, September 3, FNR department meeting, 12:00 pm, PFEN 120
  • Thursday, September 3, FNR Ginkgo Gathering, 5:30-7:30 pm, Ag Mall
  • Monday, September 7, Labor Day, No classes, offices closed
  • Thursday, October 1, FNR department meeting, 12 pm, PFEN 120
  • Monday & Tuesday, October 12 & 13.  No classes, offices open
  • Thursday, October 29, FNR department meeting, 12 pm, PFEN 120
  • Thursday, November 19, FNR department meeting, 12 pm, PFEN 120
  • Wednesday through Saturday, November 25-28, Thanksgiving vacation
  • Thursday, December 10, FNR department meeting, 12 pm, PFEN 120
  • Saturday, December 12, Fall semester ends 12:20 pm
  • Monday through Saturday, December 14-19, Finals
  • Saturday, December 19, semester ends, 9 pm
  • Sunday, December 20, Commencement at 9:30 and 2:30
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 Department Head Note
Jerry StillingsWe bid a fond farewell to Jerry Stillings on Friday, July 31.  After over two decades of service to Purdue, the College of Agriculture, and the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Jerry decided to retire to spend more time on his favorite pursuit – fishing!  Of course, he is also looking forward to spending more time with his family.  Jerry’s time will most likely get gobbled up with local issues; he serves on the Mulberry Town Board.  Jerry’s retirement reception was held on Monday in Leopold’s Landing.  Some of FNR’s retirees stopped by the reception, as well members of the AgIT staff and his colleagues in FNR.​

Dr. Rob Swihart, Professor and Head

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 Funding

Funding

  • Nick LaBonte​ was awarded $2,000 from the Indiana Academy of Sciences for his grant, “Sequencing the genome of Indiana’s largest surviving American chestnut" (Castanea dentata (Marsh. Borkh.)
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 Presentations

Presentations

  • Rick Meilan​ gave a series of presentations on the potential of hybrid poplar as a bioenergy crop at a Field Day held at the Southwest Purdue Agriculture Center(SWPAC).
July 2015Yes
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 Faculty Awards

Faculty Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to Bryan Pijanowski who was honored along with other selected at the first annual Favorite Faculty Banquet on Sunday, April 12th.  Favorite Faculty were nominated by students.
  • Congratulations to Songlin Fei who has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of Invasive Plant Science and Management.  He has also been nominated as the member for the IUFRO Task Force on Biological Invasions.
  • Congratulations to Paul Brown who was selected to be a presenter at the President’s Council Back-to-Class on Friday, October 9.  Dr. Brown’s talk will on “Advanced food production systems.” Back-to-Class is an educational opportunity available only to President’s Council members.
  • Congratulations to Linda Prokopy who was recognized by Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of NIFA, as one of the experts in the field of climate change that we should all listen to.  Linda was also recently named as a 2015 recipient of the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Conservation Reward Award!
  • Congratulations to Liz Flaherty on being selected as a recipient for the Teaching for Tomorrow Award! 
  • Congratulations to Marisol Sepú​lveda​!  Not only was she recently named a University Faculty Scholar, we have now received word that she has also been named Showalter Faculty Scholar! ​

Project TEAM Award

  • Congratulations to Linda ProkopyMelissa Widhalm and the U2U team for receiving the 2015 College of Agriculture Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Award!
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 Graduate Honors and Awards

Graduate Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to Mysha Clarke, Dr. Ma’s PhD student, who was selected to receive a Student and Early Career Professional Scholarship to attend the 21st International Symposium on Society and Research Management.  Mysha will be giving a presentation at the meeting, which will held in June in Charleston, SC. ​
  • Congratulations to Jenny Antonides, PhD candidate in FNR, who has been selected to attend the NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida of Terrestrial Vertebrates (MalariaRCN) workshop on Sept. 28-Oct. 1 2015.  This workshop is on malaria parasites and closely related haemosporidians of natural populations of vertebrates.  The four-day workshop will be held at the National Center for Conservation Training in Shepherdstown, WV, USA.  Activities will include both field and laboratory exercises as well as lectures and discussions led by RCN members.  Jenny also passed her Ph.D. preliminary exams!  Jenny is a PH.D. student working with Dr. Andrew DeWoody​.
  • Congratulations to David Coulter for successfully defending his dissertation on May 1st!  David is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Tomas O Höök and Dr. Maria S. Sepúlveda.​
  • Congratulations to Johanna Desprez who successfully defended her M.S. thesis on May 7th!  Johanna is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Songlin Fei.​
  • Congratulations to Junhyung Lee​ for passing his Ph.D. preliminary exams! Junhyung is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Paula Pijut.​
  • Congratulations to Bhagya Wijayawardena and Jenny Antonides on being awarded scholarships to attend the 2015 Summer Institute for Statistical Genetics workshop in Seattle!
  • Congratulations to Ken Kellner for receiving the Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award AND for earning a Graduate Teacher Certificate!
  • Congratulations to Micah Stevens​ for successfully passing his Preliminary Exam! Micah is a PhD student studying with Dr. Paula Pijut.​
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 Undergraduate Student Honors and Awards

Undergraduate Honors and Awards​

  • Congratulations to Rebecca Busse on tying for 2nd place (in the College of Agriculture category) at the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, held on April 14.
  • Congratulations to Ardith Wang who has been accepted into the Purdue-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program!  The program includes “professional development activities, a systematic introduction to academic research with your faculty mentor and research team, a community service project, and frequent interactions with the AGEP Graduate Scholars who will serve as mentors .”  There will be a Summer Research Presentation on July 24, 2015.  The stipend award for this will be $4,000.  Ardith is an undergraduate in the Williams lab. 
2015 Vine & Branch Excellence in Urban Forestry Award

  • vine and branch awardVine & Branch Inc. of Carmel, Indiana recently awarded the Excellence in Urban Forestry Award. This award is given annually to the Purdue Forestry and Natural Resource student who best expresses their ability to apply classroom theory to real world situations. This year the award was judged based on the ability of the student to write an Appraisal of Damages Report. In their reports the students had to offer an opinion of the value of damages caused to a property where trees had inadvertently been removed. Sound arboricultural principals, good writing skills and a bit of forensic analysis were required.
    First Place- Bridget Blood of Manahawkin, New Jersey
    Second place- Erin Hipskind of Roanoke, Indiana​

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 Department News

Department News

  • Congratulations to Steve Kimble​, who has a new position as Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences.  He will be teaching human genetics this fall (a 400-level course) and will be helping with BIOL 242, Introduction to Genetics Lab, in the spring semester.​
  • Congratulations to Sam Guffey, FNR Laboratory Manager, on being elected the new vice-chair of the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC)!
  • Congratulations to Cat Searle and Mark ChristieAssistant Professor, on the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Lillian Christie on Friday, May 8 (photo below).  Charlotte was born at 5:40 a.m., weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces, and is 20 inches long.  Everyone is doing great!
  • Congratulations to Sarah and Bryan Murray​, Post Doc Research Associate, who welcomed Calvin Charles Murray on Tuesday, July 7.  Everyone is home and doing well!

Charlotte and Calvin​​​​​
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 Articles

Articles

Scientificamerican.com, April 24, 2015
By Coco Liu and ClimateWire

Journal Sentinel, June 22, 2015
By John Schmid, Journal Sentinel
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 Alumni Updates

Alumni News


  • DaveDave Apsley (FNR BS ‘85 Forest Management) was named SAF Fellow (as Ohio’s 2015 nominee).  Three of Ohio’s past 4 Fellows have been Boilermakers!  Dave is an Associate Professor for Ohio State University Extension where he has been a Natural Resources Specialist since December 2000.  He concentrates his research and Extension efforts on forestry issues, primarily on private lands.  Dave is past chair of the Ohio Society of American Foresters and is a Certified Forester.  Before Ohio State, he taught in Forest Management Technology at Hocking College, was a Forester and Supervisory Forester for the Department of Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky and a Research Technician and Research Coordinator in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.  He lives on a Certified Tree Farm in Jackson County, OH.  Dave was named SAF Fellow as Ohio’s 2015 nominee.  Congrats to you, Dave!  You make us proud!​
  • Check out the Electric Consumer story featuring FNR alum, Trent Osmon and the USS Constitution.
  • Rita McKenzie recently completed one of her retirement projects by publishing “Bur Oak Chronicles”. Learn more by checking it out on Amazon​.
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 Alumni Updates

In Memoriam - FNR Alumni​


  • Brian W. Tunis (BS ’93, MS ’97) passed away on 1/21/15 at the age of 47. Brian was born July 27, 1967 to Carol Ann Tunis and the late Harold Wayne Tunis in Hammond, Indiana. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, and worked at Kroger in the Meat Department. Mr. Tunis served in the Indiana National Guard for 6 years and was certified as a Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, and was a member of the Indiana Urban Forestry Council.
  • Michael R. Watson (BSF ’67) passed away 5/22/15 in West Virginia. He was born Sept. 8, 1944, in Logansport, Ind., to Margery Porter of Monticello, Ind., and the late Carl E. Watson. After receiving his BSF, Mike left Indiana to pursue his dream as a forester. He worked at Potomac Edison and was later promoted to system forester and general manager at Allegheny Power. He was internationally known for his vegetation management work and went on to be an environmental consultant, which brought him to Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. He was a member of the board of directors of ISA Research Trust and past president of the Utility Arborist Association. He was an avid golfer and a world traveler who enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was also a talented wood craftsman whose proudest work was his home. He also was an important contributor to the careers of Drs. Harvey Holt and Bill Chaney, both emeritus professors of FNR.
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 Faculty in the News

Faculty Articles​

Three Hellbenders have been handed off to the Columbian Park Zoo, in a effort to conserve the species.
wlfi.com, May 18, 2015
By Alex Maragos, WLFI

​FNR and three Indiana Zoos are working together to help protect the Hellbender.
wlfi.com, May 22, 2015
By Alex Maragos, WLFI​
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 Special Feature

2015 FNR Research Symposium Poster Awards

​Below is a listing of poster award recipients for the 2015 FNR Research Symposium. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations!

  • Ph.D/Research
    First Place: Erin Kenison
    Second Place: Kristen Bellisario
    Honorable Mention: Shuai Chen

  • Ph.D./Engagement
    First Place: 
    Maryam Ghadiri​

  • M.S./Research
    First Place: Teresa L. Clark
    Second Place: Vanessa Wuerthner
    Honorable Mention: Charlotte Freeman

  • Undergraduate/Research
    First Place: Ardith Wang
    Second Place: Ivy Widick
    Honorable Mention: Hannah Hayes

  • Undergraduate/Engagement
    First Place: Allison Turner
    Second Place: Kalli Fredrickson
More Info​
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 Funding

Funding

  • Fei, Songlin, Pijanowski, Bryan, $4672, NSF, “Predicting regional invasion dynamic processes: PRIDE developing a cross scale functional trail based modeling framework”
  • Michler, Charles, $119,000, USDA Forest Service, “Hardwood Improvement and Regeneration Service”
  • Meilan, Richard,$70,000, Futuragene, voluntary support
  • Dunning, John,$18,502, USDA Forest Service, “Breeding Bird Surveys”
  • Swihart, R., Meier, A., Saunders, M., Jenkins, M., Chapman, R., Dunning, J., Holland,J., $580,880, IN Department of Natural Resources, “Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment”
  • Zollner, P., Ma, Z., Chapman, R.,Quinn, V., $74,884, IN Department of Natural Resources, “Integrating ecological, landscape and social information for wildlife conservation and management in Indiana”
  • Dunning, John,$26,500, The Nature Conservancy, “Surveys of breeding grassland birds of the Kankakee Sands, Newton County IN”
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 Alumni Updates

Alumni News

  • Alumni gathered at Lost Lake for a 3-day reunion earlier this spring. Bill Hoover attended and reported that the reunion was a great success. Students from this year's summer camp visited Lost Lake and shared stories with alums. Dick Haskett published a daily news bulletin. In the last bulletin, Dick wrote in bold letters at the top “May we know great teachers all the days of our lives, honoring their vision, walking forward in their names.” Dick ask that this be passed along to the current faculty. Hail Purdue!
  • Melissa Malloy was just hired as a Wildlife Biologist for APHIS – Wildlife Services at JFK Airport. Congrats, Melissa!
  • The Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) created the Outstanding New Leader award in 2014 to recognize and support new leaders in the field of nature center administration. I am pleased to announce that our own Jason Meyer received the inaugural New Leader award from ANCA. Jason is Executive Director of the Fenner Conservancy in Lansing, Michigan. Congratulations, Jason!
July 2014Yes
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 Graduate Honors and Awards

Graduate Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to Janna Willoughby, a Ph. D. student studying under Dr. Andrew DeWoody, on receiving a Grant-in-Aid of Research from the American Society of Mammalogists. In addition to her funding ($1500), her name will be announced as an award recipient at their annual banquet in June in Oklahoma City.
  • Congratulations to Micah Stevens, Ph. D. student studying under Dr. Paula Pijut, who was awarded a Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant to attend the VII International Symposium on Root Development in Weimar, Germany. Micah will present his research on "Benchtop fog chambers improve rooting of black walnut (Juglans nigra) softwood cuttings."
  • Ben Pauli, a Ph. D. student studying under Dr. Pat Zollner, successfully defended his dissertation on June 23rd! Congratulations Ben!
  • Brad Graham, a Ph. D. student studying under Dr. Mike Jenkins, successfully passed his preliminary exams on May 2nd. Congratulations Brad!
  • Amber Mase , a Ph. D. student studying under Dr. Linda Prokopy, successfully defended her dissertation on May 7th. Congratulations Amber!
  • Mesut Uysal, a Masters student studying under Dr. Eva Haviarova, successfully defended his masters thesis on May 9th. Congratulations Mesut!
  • Congratulations to Rita Blythe, Patrick Freeland, Amy Miller, Oriana Rueda-Krauss, and Noman Siddiqui on receiving their Master of Science degree this Spring semester!
July 2014Yes
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 Special Feature

Meet the Extension Specialist

This issue features Kara Salazar, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist.

Kara SalazerKara joined the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant as Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist in 2012. She works with multidisciplinary teams throughout Purdue University, Extension, and the Sea Grant college network to develop programs and tools that engage decision makers in evaluating, prioritizing, and implementing sustainability strategies for their communities. Kara has a B.S. in public affairs and environmental science and a M.P.A. in natural resource management and nonprofit management from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She also received a M.S.Ed. degree from the IU School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with concentrations in community building and science education. Kara holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from IU and the LEED Green Associate credential.

Program topical areas include placemaking and public spaces, lawn and landscaping conservation practices, natural resources management, climate education, and pollution prevention/waste management strategies. Three Extension programs are currently in development for use in communities throughout Indiana, including:

Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces Extension Program
A new Purdue University Extension program, Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces, has been created to address public spaces and their role in enhancing the quality of place by helping regions, communities, and neighborhoods plan and prepare for a sustainable future. Since January 2013, a diverse Purdue Extension team - comprised of the four Extension program areas, the five state districts, and campus-based specialists - have developed an innovative curriculum and implemented pilot workshops throughout the state. The curriculum provides tools for data collection, strategic planning, and an array of resources for implementation projects. The target audience includes public decision makers and leaders in rural, suburban and urban communities.

Tipping Points and Indicators Extension Program
Tipping Points and Indicators, a new research and extension program for Great Lakes coastal communities, helps local decision makers identify impacts of land-based activities that threaten the sustainability of ecosystems in their watershed. This program includes a web-based decision support system and facilitated forum to explore policy and management interventions necessary to keep coastal ecosystems from reaching critical tipping points and moving to unstable conditions. The decision support tool was developed over a three year period based on a region wide user needs assessment, involvement from Sea Grant sustainable coastal development specialists in all Great Lakes states, and continuous input from pilot communities, consultants, researchers and facilitators.

Purdue Rainscaping Education Program for Master Gardeners
Rainscaping includes the use of sustainable landscape design and management practices at both the household and community scales to prevent pollution from reaching water bodies by directing stormwater to be absorbed by plants and soils. The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program for Master Gardeners will provide training and resources on planning, installing, and maintaining bioretention/rain gardens for a residential setting or small scale public spaces projects. Training will include both classroom instruction as well as field trips to community examples of rainscaping projects. Participants will also receive hands-on experience through participating in the creation of demonstration gardens. Participants may also serve as resources to other organizations focused on rainscaping projects in their community. Two pilots will run spring 2015 in Tippecanoe and Bartholomew Counties.

 

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