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Purdue's bell tower stands tall behind a foreground of purple petunias

Purdue agriculture professors named AAAS Fellows

Purdue College of Agriculture professors Songlin Fei and Tesfaye Mengiste have been named fellows by the American Association for the Advancement...

Jingjing Liang stands tall in front of a wall of monitors showing pictures of different forests.

Scientists from dozens of countries coming to Purdue for forestry collaboration in Science-i Bridging Worlds Workshop

In the spirit of building a community to manage and protect the world’s forests, Liang and his colleagues in Science-i created the Global Big...

A landscape photo of a pond and the surrounding forest area at the Southeastern Purdue Agricultural Center where Dr. Bryan Pijanowski's lab has set up sensors and microphones to monitor wildlife before, during and after the solar eclipse.

Center for Global Soundscapes Study Will Record How Animals Respond to Solar Eclipse

The upcoming solar eclipse on April 8 has drawn the attention of scientists and the general public alike. Beyond the visual uniqueness of the...

The Milnes Family Farm - photos of the forest and the agricultural space with a barn

Purdue Alumni Couple Funds Forestry Internship Program

Vince Milnes grew up spending time on the family farm in Brown County, Indiana, owned by his grandparents John and Wilma Milnes. Eventually when...

Jarred Brooke gives a presentation on forest management for deer

Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop Offers Chance to Learn From Extension Specialists

Do you want to learn how to get the most out of your property? Make plans to attend the 2024 Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop on...

Forest Canopy

Complex tree canopies help forests recover from moderate disturbances

Extreme events wipe out entire forests, dramatically eliminating complex ecosystems as well as local communities. Researchers have become quite...

Alex Dudley receives her award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the North Central Section of The Wildlife Society.

Dudley Receives TWS Outstanding Wildlife Undergraduate Student Award

Alex Dudley, a senior double major in wildlife and forestry, was honored with the Outstanding Wildlife Undergraduate Student Award for the North...

Snowy Day

From Slayter Hill to the Great Lakes, Midwesterners feel effects of climate extremes

Behind climatologist Melissa Widhalm’s desk is a framed painting of one of Purdue students’ favorite pastimes: sledding down Slayter...

View of the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne; Lauren Wetterau takes a selfie while doing reef flat surveys; view of the landscape from the Karunda Scenic Railway

FNR Field Report: Lauren Wetterau Caps Purdue Experience Studying Abroad in Australia

Before Lauren Wetterau graduated with her degree in wildlife in December, she had one more adventure on her Purdue checklist, a semester studying...

Bedrich Benes in his office

AI learns to simulate how trees grow and shape in response to their environments

A research team from Purdue University’s Department of Computer Science and Institute for Digital Forestry, with collaborator Sören Pirk...

Professor emeritus Carl Eckelman sits in front of his 89th birthday cake; a least bell vireo sits on a branch; a juvenile eastern hellbender found in the Blue River in the summer of 2023

FNR's Most Read Stories of 2023

In 2023, our FNR website featured news stories on topics ranging from student, faculty, staff and alumni awards to research grants and student...

Seated - Left to Right: Virginia Morris (Harrison County SWCD Office Manager), Eliza Hudson (Regional Conservation Partnership Program Coordinator for the Farmers Helping Hellbenders Program), Cora Brown (Washington County SWCD Technician). Standing (top row) - Left to Right: Aaron Walker (Washington County SWCD Supervisor), Nevada Wagers (Washington County SWCD Office Manager), Rhonda Johnson (Washington County SWCD Supervisor), Ruth Hackman (Washington County NRCS District Conservationist)

Help the Hellbender Team Honored as Friends of Conservation

Dr. Rod Williams, extension wildlife specialist Nick Burgmeier and the Help the Hellbender team were honored for their collaboration with partners,...

A doe in a grassy field, a spotted salamander and an osage orange tree with fruit underneath it

FNR's Top Extension Stories of 2023

In 2023, our FNR Extension website featured stories on topics ranging from wildlife identification and concerns to forestry and urban forestry...

Lara Santiago-Sacarello drives a boat during her summer as an oyster farm intern in Maine

FNR Faces in the Crowd: Lara Santiago-Sacarello

Over the past 18 months, Lara Santiago-Sacarello has studied abroad in Australia, interned in the oyster farm industry in Maine and gained hands-on...

Awardees of the TEAMS Award Pictured in Pfendler

The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, a 100-year study, receives the Purdue Agriculture 2023 TEAM Award

The Purdue Agriculture TEAM Award has honored an interdisciplinary team annually since 1995, based on the maxim, “Together Everyone Achieves...

The front facade of Pfendler Hall with its steps and columns

FNR Recognizes 2023 Department Service Award Honorees

The Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources announced its 2023 service award winners at its New Year’s Party on Jan. 4 and more...

Jingging Liang

Purdue forestry professor cultivates cyberinfrastructure for collaborative forestry research

While most scientific research fields maintain open-access data policies, access to forestry data remains limited. “The utmost hurdle for...

Krystal Kramer and Dr. Liz Flaherty

Flaherty, Kramer Honored by Horizons Program

Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty and first year wildlife student Krystal Kramer were honored by Horizon Student Support Services at an awards ceremony Dec....

From centuries-old, hand-drawn maps to LiDAR lasers & the role of both in forestry

From centuries-old, hand-drawn maps to LiDAR lasers & the role of both in forestry

An army of bow saws and boots march through dense thickets of forest patches in the Chicago region, cutting away greenery in the city and its...

A black walnut tree

FNR Extension's Most Watched Videos of 2023

FNR Extension releases videos on a range of topics from forestry to wildlife to urban tree maintenance, prescribed fire and more. Here is a look at...

A sunrise over the Ntakata forest landscape with wildfire burnt landscape in the foreground; Ruth holding a GPS while taking a GPS point of a primate encounter while in the Ntakata forest

FNR Field Report: Ruth Bowers-Sword

Imagine living in a tent in Tanzania, its canvas walls acting as the only barrier between you and the jungle and its wild inhabitants, from...

Lenny Farlee (left) and Jack Nelson (right) accept the Datena Distinguished Forester Award at the Indiana Woodland Owner conference.

Farlee, Koenig Honored with 2023 Datena Distinguished Forester Award

Three foresters with exemplary careers, including two Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources alumni - Lenny Farlee and Bob Koenig (posthumously) -...

The walnut plantation at Martell Forest.

Detection & Prediction: How technology is fighting a future of tree diseases and invasive insects

The black walnut tree (Juglans nigra), prized for its rich, dark color in hardwood furniture and floors, is native to Indiana and the eastern...

Two female adults working on a computer

Mary Strickland - Graduate Ag Research Spotlight

Mary Strickland is a lifelong animal lover — so much so that she admits to occasionally skipping classes at Columbus East (Indiana) high...

Ismail Olaniyi flies a UAV up above the trees.

The crossroads between lemon trees and technology

In warmer southern and western states, citrus orchards are important for feeding and bringing communities together as well as providing major...

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