FNR: Summer News and Notes
Although the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way that we conducted research, the faculty, staff and students of the Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources continued to push their work forward, in the lab, in the field and also on the writing front over the summer months.
Here’s a look at what you may have missed including new grants and funding, extension work, awards, new hires, publications and media appearances.
The past few months have brought in additional funding for existing research projects as well as grants for new studies.
Dr. Linda Prokopy
earned support for
two new projects
: “Understanding of Persistence of Cover Crop Use: Lower Wabash,” and also a social science assessment of the obstacles and opportunities for meeting nutrient management goals.
will be part of a collaborative study with the University of Kentucky on “Enhancing the Awareness, Knowledge and Understanding of Sustainable Maple Syrup Production Practices Among Current and Potential Maple Syrup Producers.” The duo has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture - Acer Access and Development Program for their portion of the study. –
Zhou, Liang Earn Maple Syrup Industry Grant
Dr. Marisol Sepulveda
is part of USDA grant project working with the Florida Pompano. The study will look at “Ensuring a Steady Supply of Warm Water Marine Finfish Seed Stock to Support the Development of the U.S Aquaculture Industry. Sepulveda’s part in the research will look at developing larviculture methods for sustainable production of high-value water marine finfish, specifically evaluating the transcriptome response of Florida Pompano to differences in salinity.
Dr. Liz Flaherty
is part of a newly funded grant from the National Science Foundation: “Collaborative Research: The Ecological Basis of Hunting and Meat Sharing in Female Savanna Chimpanzees,” an interdisciplinary project, which assesses female biased hunting. It is part of the HUNTRESS (hunting, nutrition, tool use, reproductive ecology, and meat sharing in savanna chimpanzees) project. Flaherty will be leading the stable isotope component of the
joined the FNR staff as an academic advisor and graduate program coordinator in the office of student services. She comes to Purdue from Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University where she was a student success advisor. Maria, who boasts a master’s degree in educational leadership and a P.S. in Psychology, also was an academic advisor at Purdue Fort Wayne.
Meeting the People Where They Are
Purdue Extension personnel were impacted by COVID-19 as many of their traditional outlets of outreach were unavailable due to the lack of in-person meetings. To fill the void and continue to get information out to the public, Purdue FNR extension specialists created several video series and even a weekly Facebook LIVE question and answer session.
The FNR Ask The Expert series has covered topics from rainscaping to wildlife myths to invasive species and more. To catch up on the series, take a look at the archived episodes here:
FNR Ask The Expert Playlist
. The series airs live at 3 p.m. on Thursdays on the FNR Facebook page.
began introducing the public to native Indiana tree species through his ID That Tree series, which can be found on YouTube here:
ID That Tree Playlist
. The ID That Tree episodes come out each Friday.
As attention turns to wildlife food plots and habitats with hunting seasons on the way, extension wildlife specialist
has kicked off a new
Wildlife Habitat Hints series
. The first episode on trail camera tips and tricks is available on YouTube. Upcoming episodes will be released on Tuesdays throughout the fall.
From research on hellbenders to cover crops and pollution, fish diets and tree breeding, Purdue FNR put out several publications over the past several months.
Here is a look at the various publications that were released by faculty, staff and students.
Northern harriers (Circus hudsonius) are facultative specialists on arvicoline rodents in midwestern agroecosystems. Graduate student Megan Zagorski, and Dr. Rob Swihart. 2020.
American Midland Naturalist, in press.
Survival and mortality sources in a recovering population of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in south-central Indiana. Postdoctoral researcher L.R. Jones, undergraduate student E. Godollei, S.A. Johnson, C.M. Hudson, Dr. Pat Zollner, and Dr. Rob Swihart. 2020.
American Midland Naturalist, in press.
Work continued at Purdue FNR’s affiliated centers and partner organizations. Click below for annual reports and recent news.
In addition to the publications put out, many media articles also featured Purdue FNR personnel, the work that they are doing and their expertise. Here’s a look at some of those stories.