Forestry & Natural Resources

Purdue scientists want help recording wildlife during eclipse

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 University News Story

Purdue University researchers are collaborating with science museums, zoos, and state and national park scientists across the country, as well as citizen scientists, to understand how Monday’s total solar eclipse will affect animal vocalizations and habits.

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Helping the hellbender: Mesker Park Zoo begins captive breeding efforts

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 University News Story

When people think of endangered species, the giant panda or mountain gorilla often come to mind. But endangered species are everywhere, including Indiana. Purdue University extensively studies and partakes in the captive rearing of one of these species: the Eastern hellbender, North America’s largest salamander. Now, through collaborative efforts with institutions and zoos throughout Indiana, one zoo is undertaking captive breeding.

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U2U delivers tools, changes conversation on climate issues

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 University News Story

A recently completed research and Extension project has led to the creation of several tools farmers can use for years to come. It also has provided a new way of looking at how to get climate information into the hands of those who need it, according t…

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Owl research allows junior to soar

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Regan Holtsclaw Like a lot of travelers, Ashley Higdon fell in love during a trip. She fell for tropical birds while studying in Costa Rica. She was so smitten, she decided to get involved with songbird research. But that love was fleeting, and she soon fell for another bird: owls. “Owls are really cool,”…

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Rebekah Lumkes

Senior goes wild over otter research

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Regan Holtsclaw Every weekend for two years Rebekah Lumkes has been getting ready for research by putting on a pair of muck boots. Sometimes she sweated through 90-degree heat in hip waders, other times she bundled up against 10-below-zero blasts. Whatever the weather, Lumkes brought her boots, a keen eye, and a positive attitude….

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Group of Summer Practicum students.

Coming Full Circle with the Natural Resources Summer Practicum

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Cortney Mycroft has a long history with the Forestry and Natural Resources department. The Northwest Indiana native attended the Forestry and Natural Resources Summer Practicum as a student in 2001. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Forestry in 2003, followed by her Master’s in 2005, both  in Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources. Soon after graduating,…

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Students and advisor in waders.

The Nature of Wild Things – A Learning Community

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Want to make a big university feel more manageable? It can be difficult for new students to meet faculty, staff, and peers as they get started on campus. You might want to consider joining a learning community. For majors in Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), the opportunity exists to become a member of the award-winning…

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Bryan Pijanowski uses parabolic microphone to listen to nature.

Where are the Frogs?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Purdue’s Bryan Pijanowski, Professor of Landscape Ecology, has visited Costa Rica several times in the past decade. For more than 15 years, he’s been making audio recordings – or Soundscapes – of the environmental noises produced in the rainforest. What he’s discovered about the habitat has him greatly concerned. In 2010, he said the forest…

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