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9/3/2015 11:42 AM
  
Janna Willoughby Genetic Diversity MethodA Purdue University study presents a novel approach for identifying vertebrate populations at risk of extinction by estimating the rate of genetic diversity loss, a measurement that could help researchers and conservationists better identify and rank species that are threatened or endangered.
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8/25/2015 11:24 AM
  
Tree Deaths INHomeowners and landowners need to keep an eye on trees that may be dying from weather-related stress, Purdue University tree experts say. Symptoms recently noted on mature oak, tulip and maple trees in Indiana include leaf scorch - the browning of leaves - branch dieback and premature defoliation.
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8/20/2015 2:41 PM
  
USU SurveyThe Useful to Usable climate initiative based at Purdue University has published a survey in the form of a statistical atlas with information on farmers' practices, beliefs about climate and weather and the tools they use to make farm decisions. Using this information and continuing with the format of the series, the new atlas provides additional findings by watershed. ​​
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8/11/2015 3:33 PM
  
Hook perchOver-fished yellow perch in Lake Michigan have recovered much quicker - by hundreds of years - in reaching reproductive maturity at a later age and larger size than scientists previously thought was possible, according to a Purdue University study. Data analyzed in the study came from departments of natural resources in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada, and Ball State University.
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6/25/2015 3:18 PM
  
MusselsWith more than 45 species of mussels, the Tippecanoe River is home to one of the most diverse populations of freshwater mussels in the U.S., including six endangered species. Protecting mussels is critical for maintaining good water quality, healthy fish and wildlife populations, and recreational use of the river.
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6/23/2015 3:19 PM
  
Bald EagleThe nation's oldest known bald eagle has died after reportedly being struck by a motor vehicle. The raptor was found in Wisconsin as a nestling in 1977, and later moved to New York.​ The age of the eagle is a testiment to the success of efforts to protect its species.
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5/20/2015 2:27 PM
  
50 young hellbenders were moved from Purdue's Aquaculture Research Lab to the Columbian Park Zoo, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and Mesker Park Zoo in an effort to raise them to adulthood before releasing them back into the wild, greatly improving their chance of survival and making progress towards the goal of saving the Hellbenders in Indiana.​
5/13/2015 3:07 PM
  
Purdue AgPlanting trees in your yard can offer much more than aesthetic value, as Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell explains in this article about how to properly plant trees to provide a cooling effect for your home during the summer and a passive solar gain during the winter.  
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5/5/2015 1:33 PM
  
Purdue AgPurdue's College of Agriculture has been ranked the fifth-best college of agriculture and forestry worldwide by British company Quacquarelli Symonds, a higher education specialist. This ranking is up from eighth last year and reflects the incredible work currently done by the department's faculty, students, and staff.  
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5/5/2015 1:14 PM
  
Useful to UsablePurdue members of the muti-university climate initiative organization Useful to Usable (U2U) were recently awarded the College of Agriculture's 2015 TEAM award for their innovative communication work with Midwestern farmers. The U2U team has provided farmers with online tools featuring up-to-date climate data to assist with activities throughout the growing cycle. A public ceremony will be hosted to recognize the team's achievements on May 11th from 2-4pm in Pfendler Hall's Deans Auditorium.  ​
4/13/2015 1:13 PM
  
Thousand Canker Disease, Walnut Tree

The invasive species Walnut Twig Beetle​ most commonly known for its cause of Thousand Canker Disease of Black Walnut has been detected at a sawmill located in Franklin County. ​

4/6/2015 4:57 PM
  

Soundscape EcologyBryan Pijanowski, Professor of Human-Environment Modeling and Analysis Laboratory, was interviewed by NOVA, a documentary series focused on science and a department of PBS, for his research on soundscape ecology. 

4/6/2015 1:28 PM
  
Useful to UsableThe Useful to Usable climate initiative based at Purdue University has added an online tool to aid farmers and agricultural advisers in assessing climate patterns. The Climate Patterns Viewer can help growers make more informed farm management decisions during different phases of the El Niño Southern Oscillation and Arctic Oscillation.
4/1/2015 1:23 PM
  
Soybean Sniffs teamSoy Sniffs, a soybean-based air freshener, created by Purdue students Sara Richert, Evan Anderson and Sean Anderson won the 2015 Student Soybean Product Competition at Purdue University. The team won $20,000 from the Indiana Soybean Alliance for their invention.
3/27/2015 9:22 AM
  

Jeff DukesThe study by Jeff Dukes, Professor of Forestry & Natural Resources & Biological Sciences, finds that the time since the last disturbance in an ecosystem should be considered when predicting how it will respond to climate change.

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3/25/2015 12:15 PM
  

Linda ProkopyDr. Linda Prokopy, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science, is part of a research team working to improve water management practices on farms.

3/20/2015 2:11 PM
  

ORVWWIn a recent WLFI news piece, Kara Salazar discussed an upcoming Workshop aimed at educating local residents and businesses on the practice of Rainscaping. Sessions begin April 6th.

3/12/2015 2:10 PM
  

ORVWWThe workshop will provide you with forestry and wildlife experts from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio who will address the questions and concerns that you have with the management of your properties.

2/25/2015 3:32 PM
  
Bruce Bare

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources alumn and professor emeritus of Univeristy of Washington Bruce Bare shared his story of over 45 years of experience in the forestry industry.

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2/25/2015 1:36 PM
  

Tree with taping equipment, Soundscape Ecology.Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Professor Bryan Pijanowski and his students have now made it possible to hear sounds from a wide number of locations around the world. Our next segment will give you a look at…and a listen to what is happening at the Center for Global Soundscapes.

2/17/2015 9:26 AM
  

Hellbender, FNR partnering with zoos raising hellbenders.Purdue University is partnering with three Indiana zoos and the state in a conservation program that will involve raising year-old hellbender salamanders and then a few years later returning them to their southern Indiana habitat to be tracked.

2/17/2015 9:21 AM
  

6alumniCertificateFNR is pleased to announce a new program that will provide undergraduate extension internship opportunities for qualified students this summer. This is an exciting program with the potential to build on an already strong set of FNR extension programs while providing valuable experience and training for undergraduates.

2/11/2015 2:24 PM
  

6alumniCertificateFNR 1984 alum, Scott Jamieson, was one of the six agricultural leaders that received the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association's top award during the annual Fish Fry in Indianapolis. The Certificate of Distinction recognizes contributions to agriculture, and society in general, that go far beyond the requirements of a job or profession.

2/11/2015 2:03 PM
  

meilanGreenerGasWith help from the School of Chemical Engineering, Rick Meilan, Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology, has developed a strain of poplar trees that is ideal for processing into ethanol. Meilan's poplars will allow for the production of ethanol without affecting effecting the food supply.

2/4/2015 12:58 PM
  

The ExponentFNR Alumnus Dustin Brewer's novel "Slip or Jump" is a humorous coming-of-age story of a Columbia Unversity student in his final year. The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble Inc.

2/2/2015 10:55 AM
  

Groundhog (Photo Credit: Lesley Mattuchio, www.treknature.com)High atop Gobbler’s Knob in western Pennsylvania Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his hibernaculum in the old oak stump this morning and announced that he did, indeed, see his shadow, thus forecasting six more weeks of winter.

 
1/5/2015 9:29 AM
  

BuoyPurdue FNR 1940 alumnus Russell Allen (Phil) Phillips' role in the Hollywood biopic Unbroken is a story of fortitude and survival over incredible odds against the backdrop of World War II. The film chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini and highlights wartime hardships he faced along with Army Air Corps pilot and Purdue alumnus Russell Allen Phillips. After the war Phillips became a middle-school science teacher in LaPorte, Indiana.

12/23/2014 2:16 PM
  

BuoyA Purdue University researcher is leading two projects designed to foster the regeneration of oak forests and improve wildlife habitat by burning smaller trees and other inhibiting plants. Michael Saunders, associate professor of forestry, is directing a little-used practice in Indiana called "prescribed burning" - small, controlled fires to kill young trees and shrubs that cover the ground with shade and prevent oak seedlings from growing.

12/12/2014 9:10 AM
  

BuoyA review of studies on how life forms interact with and influence their surroundings concluded that invasive species can alter landscapes in myriad ways and with varying degrees of severity. These changes can be quick, large-scale and "extremely difficult" to reverse, said study author Songlin Fei, a Purdue associate professor of quantitative ecology with the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

12/8/2014 9:38 AM
  

BuoyIllinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) will be placing a new environmental sensing buoy north of Chicago the summer of 2015. This buoy will inform researchers in near real time of wave height and direction, wind speed, and air and surface water temperatures allowing them to assess conditions for beach-goers, boaters, manage fisheries, etc.

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