Spotting Scope

June 2018

  • Congratulations to Marisol Sepúlveda, Professor of Ecology & Natural Systems & Associate Head of Research, for being named the 2018 College of Agriculture Research Award winner! It was noted that she was chosen because of “her outstanding contributions to addressing critical environmental problems including environmental toxicology and health of wild animals.”

  • Congratulations to Douglass Jacobs, Professor of Forest Biology & Associate Head of Extension, for being named the 2018 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land Grant Mission Award winner! Dr. Jacobs was chosen to be the winner because of “his strongly integrated program in forest regeneration and restoration.”

  • Congratulations to the U2U project for receiving the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence! The Award was presented by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) in Indianapolis at the end of January. Bruno Pigott, commissioner of IDEM, said “These awards recognize Hoosier organizations that employ innovation, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and environmental stewardship. We are excited to share these best practices with other organizations across the Hoosier state.” Linda Prokopy, Professor of Natural Resources Social Science, USU project lead director, was quoted as saying the Award is “a really great validation of all the work we put in over six years, and an indication that the work we did really had an impact on the environment both here in Indiana and regionally.” The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded the project. Purdue team members were: Melissa Widhalm, Larry Biehl, Sarah Church, Otto Doering, Laura Esma, Dev Niyogi, Paul Preckel, Hans Schmitz, Carol Song, Lan Zhao and Ben Gramig.

  • Congratulations to Casey Day on receiving the A. Brazier Howell Award from the American Society of Mammalogists! The award comes with financial support for him to attend the annual meeting where he will present a portion of his research at the opening plenary session to the entire meeting. Congratulations, Casey!

  • Congratulations to Linda Prokopy! Her (and her co-authors’) 2014 JSWC paper won the 2018 Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality Award from the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. The Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality Award recognizes the impact and quality of a research paper published in the JSWC in the previous five years. Her co-authors are J. G. Arbuckle, J. Hobbs, A. Loy, L. W. Morton, and J. Tyndall. The title of their paper was “Understanding Corn Belt farmer perspectives on climate change to inform engagement strategies for adaptation and mitigation.

  • Congratulations to Songlin Fei, Associate Professor of Measurements & Quantitative Anaylsis, who recently was named a University Faculty Scholar! Dean Plaut delivered the good news in person on March 28 during Dr. Fei’s computer lab class. The University Faculty Scholars Program “recognizes outstanding faculty members at the West Lafayette campus who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction. Eligible faculty must hold the rank of tenure associate or full professor and have been in that rank for no more than five years. Faculty Scholars are appointed for a nonrenewable five year term and receive an annual discretionary allocation.” Other FNR University Faculty Scholars are Professors Höök, Pijanowski, Prokopy, and Sepulveda.

  • Congratulations to Tomas Höök (Associate Professor of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences), Mike Jensen, Kwamena Quagrainie (Aquaculture Marketing Director & Associate Professor), and Pat Zollner (Associate Professor of Wildlife Science) for their promotion to the rank of Full Professor!

New Publications
  • Doyle J.M., Bell D.A., Bloom P.H., Emmons G., Fesnock A., Katzner T.E., LaPre L., Leonard K., San Miguel P., Westerman R. & DeWoody J.A.  (2018) New insights into the phylogenetics and population structure of the prairie falcon (Falco mexicanus). BMC Genomics, in press.

  • Carroll E.L., Bruford M., DeWoody J.A., Leroy G., Strand A., Waits L., & Wang J. (2018) Genetic and genomic monitoring with minimally invasive sampling methods. Evolutionary Applications, in press. Invited paper.

  • Brüniche-Olsen A., Westerman R., Kazmierczyk Z., Vertyankin V.V., Godard-Codding C., Bickham J.W. & DeWoody J.A. (2018) The inference of gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) population attributes from whole-genome sequences. BMC Evolutionary Biology, in press.

  • Stevens, M. and Pijut, P.M. 2018. Rapid in vitro shoot multiplication of the recalcitrant species Juglans nigra L. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant 54:309-317.

  • Brüniche-Olsen A., Westerman R., Kazmierczyk Z., Vertyankin V.V., Godard-Codding C., Bickham J.W. & DeWoody J.A. (2018) The inference of gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) population attributes from whole-genome sequences. BMC Evolutionary Biology, in press.

  • Stevens, M.E., Woeste, K.E, and Pijut, P.M. 2018. Localized gene expression changes during adventitious root formation in black walnut (Juglans nigra L.). Tree Physiology 38:877894.
FNR Research Poster Session
On Friday afternoon, April 13, faculty, staff, and students gathered in Leopold’s Landing for the annual FNR Research Poster session. Congratulations to the award recipients: 
  • First Place ($100): Kristen Bellisario
  • Second Place ($50): Maria del Rosario Uribe
  • Honorable Mention: Jonathan Knott

  • First Place ($100): Emily Thyroff
  • Second Place ($50): David Mann
  • Honorable Mention: Patricia Nease

  • First Place ($100): Lexington Eiler
  • Second Place ($50): Lucas Voorhees
  • Honorable Mention: Lindsey Dice
Dr. Meilan sends his thanks to all who participated and all who helped with judging, setting up and cleaning up. I would like to thank Dr. Meilan, who does an amazing job organizing and running this event. Most of the work is done by this one person! Thank you, Dr. Meilan! 

FNR Spring Awards Program
The 84th Annual FNR Spring Awards Program was held on Monday, April 16. Congratulations to all of our award winners!

Glenn R. Allison Scholarships
  • Matthew Byrnes
  • Victoria Montarsi
  • Mackenzie Nobbe
Claude C. Gladden Memorial Scholarships
  • Emi Chan
  • Garret Cooney
  • Bailey Elkins
  • Grace Follmar
  • Amanda Heltzel
  • Kendria Huff
  • Landon Neumann
  • Tabitha Olsen
  • Colton Prechtel
  • Kelsey Rearick
  • Brandon Sosa
  • Morgan Sussman
  • Kat Tessero
  • Alexis Varcauteren
  • Addie Walters
  • Mae Watson
Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship in Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Jared Deininger
  • Cassidy Robinson
  • Elzbieta Woronowicz
John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship
  • Lillie Berger
  • Zachary Finn
  • Samantha Smock
Joshua William Beam Memorial Scholarship
  • Kellee Edington
Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarship
  • Collin Schindler
  • Emily Tauber
John Senft Endowed Forestry Scholarship
  • Madison Cundiff
  • Elizabeth Gilchrist
Indiana Chapter of the Society of American Foresters Forestry Summer Practicum Scholarship
  • Kellee Edington
  • Amy Hanners
  • Cody Widner
Pike Lumber Company Scholarship
  • Jared Deininger
Coal Creek Wildlife Habitat Scholarship
  • Jameson Pierce
Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship
  • Kellee Edington
Indiana Arborist Association Ramsey Scholarship
  • Kellee Edington
  • Ben McCallister
Charles H. Michler Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher in Forest Biology
  • Andrea Brennan
  • David Mann
Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Scholarship
  • Andrea Brennan
  • Jonathan Knott
Academic Merit Awards
  • Matthew Byrnes
  • Madison Cundiff
  • Katerina D’Addato (FAQS and WLDL)
  • Jared Deininger
  • Kellee Edington
  • Lexington Eiler
  • Stewart Hamilton
  • Kendria Huff
  • Kaylin Orsburn
  • Priyanka Shankar
  • Mae Watson
Leadership Award
  • Lexington Eiler
  • Benjamin McCalliste
  • Nathan Zumbrun
Society of American Foresters Senior Award
  • Sean Verkamp
Durwood Allen Memorial Award
  • Katerina D’Addato
William A. Rafferty Award
  • Morgan Sussman
L. David Mech Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award
  • Ashley Higdon
  • Landon Neumann
Undergraduate Research Award
  • Karly Rushmore
Stanley Coulter Leadership Award
  • Morgan Sussman
Undergraduate Engagement Award
  • Morgan Sussman
Outstanding Camper Award
  • Brandon Binnion – WLDL
  • Katerina D’Addato – FAQS
  • Victoria Montarsi – FORS
Outstanding Undergraduates
  • Landon Neumann
  • Brandon Sosa
  • Morgan Sussman
  • Alexis Vercuateren
FNR Ambassadors
  • Josey Cline
  • Avery Cook
  • Katie D’Addato
  • Kellee Edington
  • Lexi Eiler
  • Rachel Grayless
  • Ashley Higdon
  • Justin Kim
  • Landon Neumann
  • Jameson Pierce
  • Elliott Sass
  • Morgan Sussman
  • Tevin Tomlinson
  • Congratulations to Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist, (10 years), Angie Archer, Multimedia Specialist, (20 years) and Ron Rathfon, Regional Extension Forester, (25 years) who are celebrating service anniversaries at Purdue

  • Congratulations to Shannon Stanis on successfully defending her M.S. on January 10!

  • Congratulations to Laura D’Acunto on successfully defending her dissertation on March

  • Congratulations Kristen Bellisario on successfully defending her dissertation on March 8!

  • Congratulations to Patrick Ruhl on successfully defending his dissertation on April 3!

  • Congratulations to Mysha Clark on successfully defending her dissertation on April 9!

  • Congratulations to Skye Greenler on successfully defending her M.S. on April 11!

  • Congratulations to Ben Taylor on successfully defending his M.S. on April 12!

  • Congratulations to Sarah Stein on successfully defending her dissertation on May 2!

  • Congratulations to Logan Wells on successfully defending his M.S. on May 3!

  • Congratulations to Emily McCallen on successfully defending her dissertation on May 10!

  • Congratulations to Becca Busse on successfully defending her thesis on May 1

  • Congratulations to Mariam Valadares on successfully defending her thesis May 15th!

  • Congratulations to Eva Haviarova, Associate Professor of Wood Products, for being featured on the cover of the Spring 2018 edition of the Purdue College of Agriculture “Envision” magazine! Her research and Songlin Fei’s research are featured in this edition!

  • Congratulations to Megan Gunn and DeVynne Charlton for being featured in separate articles in the J&C recently! DeVynne was featured in an article on PU’s team relay in the sports section. And Megan was featured in an article on a class trip for students and teachers at Merrillville High School to the Dunes Learning Center. Megan has been working with the students and teachers to show students aspects of ecology and environmental sciences.

The 2017 FNR Staff Award Goes To:
  • William L. Hoover Exemplary Faculty Service Award: Dr. Zhao Ma, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science. 

  • Outstanding Clerical/Service Staff Member Award: Jewel Yeager, Secretary.

  • Outstanding Administrative/Professional Staff Member Award: Julie Pluimer, Administrative Manger of the Office of Student Services

  • Exemplary Graduate Student Service Award: Mysha Clarke

New Arrivals & Marriages
  • Congratulations to Macy and Jarred Brooke, Extension Wildlife Specialist on the birth of their son, Jack Milford Brooke January 17th at 6:25 pm. Jack weighed in at 9 lbs 3 oz and was 21 inches long. Happy family picture below.

  • Jarred Brooke Son  

  • Congratulations to the Christies on the birth of their daughter on April 3 at 3:54 pm. Nora Olwen Christie is 8 lbs 7 oz. Dad reports that mom and baby are doing great!

  • The Christies Daughter  

  • Congratulations to Jessica and Stephen Outcalt on their recent marriage!

  • The Outcat Marriage  

Feature Articles

Dr. Songlin Fei, Associate Professor ​of Measurements & Quantitative Anaylsis

Discover Magazine

By Eric Betz

January 2017

  • Dr. Anna Brüniche-Olsen, a postdoc in Andrew DeWoody’s lab, was recently invited to participate in a June 2018 workshop hosted and funded by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). Anna and other participants will spend five days at the University of Tennessee learning to use quantitative methods to find signals of natural selection in modern genetic/genomic data. Such signals of selection may identify key facets of organismal biology that are important for conservation and management.

  • FNR Hurricane Relief Funds ($335) were donated to a local organization providing relief to those in the Bahamas. Congratulations FNR for supporting a great cause!
  • U.S. Senator Richard Lugar visited campus on Monday, April 30. He began his visit with a morning reception in Leopold’s Landing. Following the reception, Senator Lugar participated in a roundtable discussion on global food security along with seven Purdue CoA faculty and staff members. Senator Lugar is interested in finding new ways to increase plant yields to help fight world hunger. The Lugar Center, based in Washington DC, is dedicated to ending world hunger. Then he traveled across the river to the historic Fowler House on 9th street to lunch with the Boy Scouts. After that, he toured the 175-acre Purdue Lugar Farm. During the tour, he discussed breeding and protection of hardwood trees with Purdue faculty and students. In 2014, the Richard G. Lugar Forestry Farm was named to honor the senator’s longstanding commitment to science-based advances in forestry. The Farm operates primarily under the auspices of the Purdue Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, which Senator Lugar helped create.
Senator Lugar Vists 
Panel discussion on global food security, Pfendler Deans Auditorium, Monday, April 30, 2018

Senator Lugar Vists 
Dean Karen Plaut, Professor William Hoover, Senator Richard Lugar, Purdue Alum and honorary doctorate recipient Bob Burke, and FNR Department Head Professor Robert Wagner
Upcoming Dates
  • July 4 – Independence Holiday, No Classes, University Closed

  • August 4 – Commencement

  • August 16 – FNR Retreat, Wright Center

  • August 20 – Classes Begin

  • September 3 – Labor Day (No Classes)

  • October 8-9 – October Break

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