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 Spotting Scope - March 2014



  • 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.

Faculty Honors

Purdue zipTrip Group Picture
Rod Williams with a student
Purdue zipTrip set

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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

National Public Radio

By Robert Krulwich

March 1, 2014

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