Forestry & Natural Resources

A single, hydroponic plant

Technology distilled to grow the hydroponics industry

Friday, November 16th, 2018

By Chad Campbell When Horticulture Assistant Professor Krishna Nemali joined Purdue in July 2016, he immediately began to develop a program as new to the school as he was. Nemali studied agriculture in India before earning his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and spending nine years as a scientist in controlled environment crop physiology…

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Jacobs receives Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award

Monday, November 12th, 2018 University News Story

Seventeen years ago, nurseries around Indiana were fertilizing seedlings in a very different way. It’s no accident that this began changing shortly after Douglass Jacobs joined Purdue Agriculture’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in 2001. Jacobs’ research concentrates on the restoration and reforestation of forest trees, especially hardwoods, which are abundant in Indiana.

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Birds above the treetops

Cloudy With a Chance of Songbirds

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

By Chad Campbell With the stream of new resources available in this digital age, creative applications of technology can reinvent age-old practices, even bird watching. Using a combination of data, algorithms and creativity, Jessica Outcalt, a doctoral candidate in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, employs NEXRAD, the same radar system that tracks the…

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Purdue experts available to discuss planned timber harvest for Hoosier National Forest

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 University News Story

Logging may soon begin in the Hoosier National Forest, a predominantly hardwood forest located in south central Indiana, in the area of the Lake Monroe Watershed. The watershed is south of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness area.

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Genetic study provides new information about endangered whales

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 University News Story

Hope for an alarmingly low number of gray whales in the western Pacific Ocean might rest with their cousins to the east, according to a Purdue University study of the animals’ genetic resources.

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Booths at the Career Fair

Agricultural Career Fair Showcases Great Demand

Monday, October 8th, 2018

By Chad Campbell Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Fall Career Fair provides students and employers a one-of-a-kind opportunity. “We’ve been told by recruiters across the nation that we may not be the largest fair, but we are the best as far as students being prepared,” said Sherrelyn Meyer, Purdue’s assistant director of Career Services. The…

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College of Agriculture hits milestone undergrad enrollment

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 University News Story

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture welcomed 2,803 undergraduate students this fall, marking its largest undergraduate enrollment since 1980. Hoosier students make up 76 percent of those enrolled, and 60 percent are female students.

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Maria Sepúlveda receives Purdue Agriculture Research Award

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 University News Story

Maria (‘Marisol’) Sepúlveda, professor of ecology and natural systems and associate head of research for the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, has been selected to receive Purdue University’s 2018 Agriculture Research Award. The award has been presented annually since 1982 and is the highest honor recognizing research excellence by a faculty member in the College of Agriculture.

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Peace at a price: scientists see threats to Colombia’s environment

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 University News Story

After more than five decades of hostility that cost hundreds of thousands of lives, Colombia has embarked on a new era of peace. But the peace brings its own risks: a chaotic transition could leave the country’s richly diverse forests unprotected and, ultimately, lead to a loss of resources and species that would harm rural populations.

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Climate change poses uncertain future for Indiana’s aquatic habitats

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 University News Story

Indiana’s average air temperatures are expected to rise by as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century, warming and reducing wintertime ice cover on the state’s lakes, streams, and rivers. At the same time, increases in winter and spring rainfall will likely wash more nutrients from farm fields into those water bodies, adding significant challenges to already fragile ecosystems.

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