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2022 FNR News & Stories

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Leaves from a shingle oak tree

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Shingle Oak

Pin oak branches, leaves and acorns

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Pin Oak

Florida panther captured on a trail camera

FNR Alumni Update: Andrus Releases Short Film, Set for Career in Scientific Documentaries

Wisconsin river

Alumni Trio Creates Model to Help Prevent Spread of Invasive Carp

December 2022 graduates Kaitlyn Young, Sonja Georgiefski-Rios, Tim Radtke and Maria Surman.

FNR Celebrates 29 December 2022 Graduates

Black oak leaves - photo by Jay Sturner

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Black Oak

The Purdue Quiz Bowl Team: Alex Dudley, Evan Kinnevan, Anne Talbot, Ashlanna Murray and Lauren Wetterau participating in the event at the TWS Conference in Spokane in November.

Quiz Bowl Team Places Third at TWS Conference

Francis Asare, December 2022 master's degree graduate

FNR Graduate Student Spotlight: Francis Asare

Northern red oak leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Northern Red Oak

Dr. Dan Cassens with student workers in a sleigh at Cassens Trees; Dan and wife Vicki at the statehouse with Governor Mike Pence; student workers in Cassens Tree Shop

Cassens Trees Provides Learning Ground for FNR Student Workers

Chinkapin Oak

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Chinkapin Oak

FNR's Elizabeth Flaherty and Julie Pluimer among the 2022-23 Purdue College of Agriculture Faculty and Staff Teaching Awards recipients

Flaherty, Pluimer Earn College of Agriculture Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nathan Lutz as an Indiana conservation officer: with a pair of antlers, assisting a child shooting a bow, holding an owl, and with a family at a shooting range.

Alumnus Nathan Lutz Continues to Evolve in Career

Glee Club member Steven Kelly with his family

FNR Faces in the Crowd: Steven Kelly, Glee Club

Chestnut Oak leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Chestnut Oak

Swamp white oak leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Swamp White Oak

Dr. Shaneka Lawson with her REM Presidential Safety Award

Lawson Named REM Presidential Safety Award Honoree

2022 John F. Datena Distinguished Forester Award honorees Burney Fischer, Joe Schuerman Jr., and Ken Day

Alumni Fischer, Schuerman Honored with Datena Distinguished Forester Award

Bur oak leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Bur Oak

This frog hangs from a waterproof sheet in the Martell Forest that diverts water from tree roots as part of a U.S. Department of Energy study that monitors how plots of forest respond to drought. DOE has now funded a second, related study. Purdue’s Elin Jacobs and her associates are working on both studies.

New Study to Examine How Plants Transport Water from Soil to Atmosphere

White oak leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: White Oak

David Savage with acoustic monitoring equipment

FNR Graduate Student Spotlight: David Savage

Red mulberry leaves and trunk

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Red Mulberry

Master's student Erin Christian stands in a field

Master's Student Erin Christian Earns ILMS Scholarship

Eastern Hellbender salamander

Help the Hellbender Program Receives Hoosier Outdoor Writers Conservation Award

Red maple leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Red Maple

Silver maple leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Silver Maple

Purdue College of Agriculture.

W. Huang Awarded NSF Grant for Cyber Training Curriculum for CWE Sustainability

Black maple tree and leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Black Maple

This image shows the input and output data of the tree segmentation algorithm. The input data (left) is colored by elevation. The results of the algorithm (right) use color to segment each tree from the point cloud.

Purdue Team Introduces Advance in Automatic Forest Mapping Technology

Dr. Rob Swihart at a ceremony renaming Lugar Farm.

Swihart Honored for Work in Mammalogy Education

Sugar maple tree featuring bright orange fall color

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Sugar Maple

Dr. Tian Li & Dr. Eva Haviarova photos with background of section of balsa wood showing porous material.

Researchers Aim to Produce Naturally Strengthened Wood

Honey locust leaves and pods

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Honey Locust

FNR 378000 students gained hands-on training in field sampling at Marine Biology Practicum at Seahorse Key Marine Lab in Florida.

Marine Biology Practicum Introduces Students to Field Work

Fran Rivas doing research in Mongolia.

FNR Field Report: Fran Rivas

Black locust leaves and flowers

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Black Locust

Master's student Tori Hongo backpacking in the Smoky Mountains

FNR Field Report: Tori Hongo

The FNR 465 class, taught by Jarred Brooke, traveling to LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area to help band wood ducks, gain knowledge about managing a property for wildlife as well as get hands-on experience working with waterfowl.

Duck Banding Gives Students Hands-On Experience in Wildlife Conservation

Ironwood or eastern hop hornbeam tree and fruit

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Ironwood

PhD student Sam Lima in the field in Mongolia

FNR Field Report: Sam Lima

Northern Leopard Frog

PFAS Publication Named Among Exceptional Papers of 2021

Russell Duke speaking at a Wednesdays in the Wild event at Stephens Forest.

FNR Field Report: Russell Duke

Pignut hickory leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Pignut Hickory

Sophomore wildlife major Gabby Dennis posed in front of a plane with her Middleton Island colleagues.

FNR Field Report: Gabby Dennis

Lauren Laux with a Biltmore stick, teaching citizens how to measure trees at Wednesdays in the Wild

FNR Field Report: Lauren Laux

Junior forest-forest management and wildlife double major Alex Dudley

FNR Field Report: Alex Dudley

Senior wildlife major Summer Brown planting trees during her summer job with Purdue FNR.

FNR Field Report: Summer Brown

Mockernut hickory tree with golden leaves of fall in the canopy

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Mockernut Hickory

Junior wildlife majors Evan Kinnevan and Jade Stuber

Kinnevan, Stuber Honored with Wildlife Leadership Awards

Sonja Georgiefski-Rios during her internship at Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

FNR Field Report: Sonja Georgiefski-Rios

Hoosier Hardwood Festival logo

Hoosier Hardwood Festival to Feature FNR Faculty, Staff

Senior aquatic sciences major Kirsten Adams pictured with fish she caught during her internship with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

FNR Field Report: Kirsten Adams

The facade of Pfendler Hall on the campus of Purdue University

FNR Introduces New Faculty and Staff Members

Shagbark hickory tree with bright yellow fall foliage.

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Shagbark Hickory

Sophomore wildlife major Arlene Polar Piñeiro with fellow OTS students in Costa Rica.

FNR Field Report: Arlene Polar Piñeiro

American marten in the snow in northern Wisconsin

Publication Evaluates Legacy of American Marten Reintroduction Efforts

Senior forestry-forest management major Mikaela Agresta

FNR Field Report: Mikaela Agresta

Eastern Hellbender salamander

USDA Awards Farmers Helping Hellbenders Project $2.7 Million in Funding

Nearshore southern Lake Michigan coastline during sunset.

Research Looks at Changes in Lake Michigan Nearshore Fish Assemblage

Bitternut hickory leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Bitternut Hickory

Sophomore wildlife major Emma Johnson holding a bald eagle skull, presenting her Anyone Can Bird program for the first time at Vega State Park.

FNR Field Report: Emma Johnson

A bobcat in Indiana

Researchers Develop Tools to Assess Habitat Selection, Suitability for Bobcats

Hackberry leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Hackberry

Leaves of a sweetgum tree

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Sweetgum

Wednesdays in the Wild Tour group in the woods at Stephens Forest

FNR Brings Wednesdays in the Wild to Stephens Forest

Passenger pigeon mount is handed off from April Shepherd to FNR's Dr. Barny Dunning, Laura Fehling and Rachel Brent.

Alumni Donation Brings Rare Passenger Pigeon to FNR Collection

Black gum tree showing its bright red fall foliage

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Black Gum

Slippery elm leaves and bark

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Slippery Elm

American elm leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: American Elm

Professor Emeritus Harvey Holt throughout his career

Tales from FNR with Professor Emeritus Harvey Holt

Flowering dogwood flowers

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Flowering Dogwood

Eastern cottonwood tree

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Cottonwood

Kentucky coffeetree leaves and trunk

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Kentucky Coffeetree

Eastern Hellbender salamander

Local Brewery Creates Beer to Help the Hellbender

Lake Erie

Alumna Zoe Almeida Investigates Hypoxia, Environmental Impacts on Fish

Black cherry flowers

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Black Cherry

Purdue College of Agriculture.

Science-i beta is now online

northern leopard frog

Research Shows Toxicity of Forever Chemicals Varies Among Amphibian Species

Costa Rica study abroad group photo

Costa Rica Study Abroad Trip Teaches Biodiversity Through Hands-On Experiences

Northern Catalpa leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Northern Catalpa

Soraida Garcia stands in front of convention banner at Esri

Garcia Shares Experiences as Underrepresented Minority in Magazine Article

Freshman aquatic sciences major Jack Dempsey at Machu Picchu with his study abroad classmates.

Dempsey Learns Culture, Conservation Studying Abroad in Peru

Ohio Buckeye leaves and flowers

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Ohio Buckeye

Boxelder leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Boxelder

Purdue Gateway Arch

FNR Celebrates 53 Spring 2022 Graduates

Pfendler Hall on the Purdue campus

Flaherty Honored; Hardiman, Liang Promoted

Group of students on Smoky Mountain trip.

Smoky Mountain Trip Gives Students In-Person Look at Disturbance Ecology

River birch trunks with peeling bark

Intro to Trees of Indiana: River Birch

Students at the Natural Resources Teachers Institute, researchers working on a progeny project with the Tropical HTIRC, man on a boat emptying water from crane

2021 Year in Review: The Collaboration

Shaneka Lawson pictured with REEU interns and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Lawson Receives Forest Service Cultural Diversity Award

Blue beech trunk and branches

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Blue Beech

Dr. Bryan Pijanowski holds a field microphone

Pijanowski Speaks on Biodiversity, Soundscapes at Think Corner Helsinki

Dr. Bob Wagner and Dean Karen Plaut cut the ribbon to officially open the WERF Building

FNR Dedicates Wildlife Ecology Research Facility

American beech tree leaves

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Beech

2022 FNR scholarship winners

FNR Celebrates 2021-22 Award Winners at Annual Banquet

Glenn Juday gives a presentation at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Glenn Juday Named FNR Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

American Basswood leaf and bark

Intro to Trees of Indiana: American Basswood

Petra Bohall Wood pictured with her family in front of a mountain rangeily

Petra Bohall Wood Tabbed as FNR Distinguished Alumna

Seth Harden with his family near a stream

Seth Harden Honored as Outstanding Young Alumnus

Scott Johnson holding a bobcat

DNR's Scott Johnson Earns Osborn Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick Ruhl pictured with his family

Patrick Ruhl Selected for Osborn Early Career Award

Leah Griffin, Ruby Sanders, Madison Kresse, Lina Bernabe

FNR Names Outstanding Students of the Year

A grove of quaking aspen trees

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Quaking Aspen

Long-Tailed Salamander lays on a cover board

How Do Terrestrial Salamanders Respond to Timber Harvest

Large tooth aspen

Intro to Trees of Indiana: Large Tooth Aspen

A map of trees of the world and a photo  of black vultures eating

2021 Year in Review: The Research

White Ash Leaves.

Intro to Trees of Indiana: White Ash

A Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton at the Field Museum

Advanced Mammalogy Class Goes Behind the Scenes at Field Museum

Alumnus Steve Creech relaxes on a wildfire scene, Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty holds on a small mammal trap, wildlife student Amanda Heltzel stands in front of a lake

2021 Year in Review: The People

Dr. Barny Dunning with Dean Karen Plaut and newly named University Faculty Scholar Pat Zollner

Zollner Named University Faculty Scholar

Weather station at Martell Forest

Researchers Add Weather Station at Martell Forest

Dr. Russell Mumford pictured with (Left to Right) Charles Keller,  Amy Wilms and Carl Wilms at an Indiana Audubon Society meeting in 2010.

FNR Remembers Professor Emeritus Russell Mumford

Adult hellbender laying on rocks

Hellbender Research Featured in New Documentary

Forest displaying fall colors

MacGowan, Carlson to Speak at Ohio River Valley Workshop

A northern leopard frog held by Dr. Marisol Sepulveda

Sepulveda Receives AgSeed Grant for Northern Leopard Frog Research

Urban forester Lindsey Purcell was honored for his work on a micro tree injector.

Purcell's Tree Microinjector Earns Excellence in Technology Transfer Award

Dr. Eva Haviarova, professor of wood science, poses in the Forest Products building.

Haviarova Selected as Woman Ambassador of Wood Science

Llamas on a farm in Peru

Researchers Share Lessons Learned From Peru's Water Management Program

Purdue Landscape Report team teaching a workshop.

Purdue Landscape Report Selected for TEAM Award

Trees showing fall color in the FNR woodlands

Purdue Alumni Magazine Goes Into the Woods with FNR Foresters

Young Forest in a Clearcut Area on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment

New Videos Stress Importance of Young Forests

Pfendler Hall on the Purdue campus

FNR Faces in the Crowd: Dante Francomano, Matthew Aghai

Block P carved rock statue located on the Purdue campus.

FNR Announces 2021 Service Award Winners

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