Forestry & Natural Resources

Plant scientists maintain critical research to save data and irreplaceable plants

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

The College of Agriculture accounted for more than a third of Purdue researchers who asked for access and support to continue critical research when facilities closed this spring.

With about 15 wiliwili trees in the Lilly Greenhouses, and only 150 left in the wild after an insect pest decimated its population, Purdue oversees an important concentration of this deciduous tree native to Hawaii. Scott McAdam, assistant professor of botany and plant pathology, has been growing the trees for three years.

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Backyard birding, Tips to attract birds to your nest

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

“Being trapped inside during the coronavirus pandemic has been hard on my mental health, as I’m sure it has been for many of us,” shared Jessica Outcalt. “Defending my dissertation three days before the world began shutting down, finishing my degree in the middle of a global pandemic and graduating with my Ph.D. via a virtual ceremony I watched while birds sang in my backyard was a wild experience.

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3 Award Winners

Award-winning College of Agriculture mentors follow in others’ footsteps — and leave imprints of their own

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

The College of Agriculture’s outstanding student mentors and teaching assistant have one thing in common: Each benefited from impactful mentoring along their own paths to academic and personal success.

MS student Liz Alexander and PhD student Samira Fatemi are recipients of the 2020 Pathmaker Awards, sponsored by the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association to recognize effective mentoring of undergraduate researchers-in-training and fellow graduate students. PhD candidate Jon Knott has been named the College of Agriculture’s 2020 Outstanding Teaching Assistant. Here, each award winner shares insights into the benefits of mentoring, both to their mentees and to themselves.

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Alyson and Peyton at last year's ceremony

Soy-based herbicide takes top honors

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Let’s do that again!” thought Alyson Chaney and Peyton Clark as they stood on stage holding a $10,000 check. On March 27, 2019, after a challenging eight-month competition hosted by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the pair was already planning their next moves.

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Rachel exploring the intertidal zone

Wildlife and forestry student branches out

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Rachel Brummet’s passion for forestry and wildlife led her to Alaskan islands, wildfires in Montana, city streets where she used pyrotechnics to help people and wildlife coexist, and, of course, to Purdue’s forestry and natural resources department.

And it all began with a discussion about blueberries.

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Hiker on overlook with US Map

Conquering the Trail

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) alumnae Rebekah Lumkes and Baleigh Haynes joined an elite group of individuals, completing a 2,192 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. For one, it was the culmination of a college pipedream. For the other, it offered a much-needed life reset. Here is their story.

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From the lab to the laptop: How College of Agriculture professors are pivoting to virtual classrooms

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

In many ways, attending in-person university lectures is a great equalizer, John “Barny” Dunning, Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) professor observed.

“In the face-to-face format, I get three chances a week to remind students of critical deadlines, upcoming activities and impart crucial information. Of course, students don’t get that information if they don’t come to class, but then it is their fault,” Dunning said.

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Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources breaking ground on new wildlife care facility

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is breaking ground on a new wildlife care facility this spring. The new building will greatly expand and improve the department’s wildlife lab capability, enhance teaching experienc…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Jonathan Knott

Monday, December 16th, 2019

JONATHAN KNOTT “In understanding how human-related impacts are changing the world, I’m working toward helping future generations.” — Jonathan Knott, PhD candidate, Forestry and Natural Resources   THE STUDENT Jon Knott says that while growing up in Holland, Michigan, he was a “go-out-and-explore” kind of kid. He credits his love of the outdoors to hunting…

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Cover Crop Harvest

Long-term study will offer more data on cover crop benefits

Monday, November 18th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer The popularity of cover crops has reemerged in recent years with farmers looking to a variety of grasses, brassicas and legumes to improve soil health. Cover crops can also improve water holding capacity, reduce erosion and weed pressure, reduce nitrogen leaching, increase soil organic matter, and potentially decrease nitrogen fertilizer application rates…

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New resources from Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant support environmental planning at the local level

Monday, November 11th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Solutions work best when devised and implemented by the communities they will impact. This is the foundational principle for Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s Sustainable Communities Extension planning efforts, which include Conservation through Community Leadership (CCL) and Tipping Point Planner. The programs aim to support communities to facilitate, implement and…

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