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This Week in RNR

    Dr. Wei Xu, PhD
    Candidate for the position of Aquatic Molecular Biology and Genomics
    • Research Seminar: Tuesday, 2 Sept 2014, 1:30pm-2:30pm, Room 142 RNR
    • Teaching Seminar: Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 9:30am-10:30am, Room 141 RNR

Dr. Stouffer on Sabbatical in Africa as Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Phil Stouffer (Professor, Conservation Biology) is on a year-long sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar at the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka, Tanzania.

To document his time there, he will post natural history-related photos to his Flickr account (https://www.flickr.com/photos/stoufferlsu/). He has promised that it will be more than birds! Check in from time to time to follow his adventures. Enjoy!

Students Get Taste of Natural Resource Management in RNR1001 Class

Dr. William Kelso, Professor in School of Renewable Natural Resourses, is the "professor of record" for this new program in the Agricultural Sciences. The course is Natural Resources Conservation, RNR1001, and it allows high school students to get a jump-start on their college careers in natural resources and agricultural sciences. The Associated Press(AP) story highlights the details and benefits to Lousiana students.

Breeding the perfect Oyster?

Dr. John Supan - AgCenter, RNR, and Sea Grant scientist, was recently featured on WWL-TV New Orleans discussing his triploid oyster program.

Professor Supan began researching this concept of cross breeding oysters back in 1993. After roughly nine years of work and experimentation, he and his team had a break through. In the spring of 2002, they successfully produced what they call a "triploid" oyster. “We have not inserted strange genes into these oysters. The chromosomes in these oysters were in the oysters already. It's just part of a breeding process,” Supan said. "

"They retain their winter fat acquired during the winter time, they don't burn it off during the summer to spawn, which causes their meat yield to drop and become watery. The triploids stay fat all summer long" said Supan.

See the video, and read the rest of the fascinating details HERE.

-- Quick News --

  • The schedule for the RNR Fall 2014 seminar series is now posted. The schedule is also available as a PDF download.
  • The schedule for the LSU Mueseum of Natural History Fall 2014 seminar series is now posted. The schedule is also available as a PDF download.
  • A new link has been added with information on forestry degrees and forestry-related careers: Forestry Careers & Degrees: A Guide for Students. The link is located on our Jobs, Graduate Assistantships, Internships page.
  • 2nd Quarter 2014 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions page.
  • Arborist Workshops 2014: The 2014 schedule for Arborist Workshops and other learning opportunities has been updated, and registrations are open. For more information, see our Workshops page.
  • As part of the LPB series "Alive in America's Delta", see our own Yu-Hsin Hsueh (Ph.D student of Dr. Chambers and Dr. Keim) as she talks about her own encounter with alligators while doing research in the swamp. This segment gives witness first-hand to how this keystone species – and cultural icon – was brought back to viability using a combination of biological science and marketplace economics. The full program can now be accessed on LPB online.
  • The Spring 2014 issue of Research Matters is now available for download. Catch-up on the research highlights in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, and wetlands involving our RNR Faculty and talented Graduate Students. Also, see what is going on in our undergraduate classes with the "service-learning" aspect of our programs. The Spring 2014 issue download (pdf), is available on our Research Matters/Newsletter page.
  • The Student Chapter of Society of American Foresters (SAF) has a new way to keep you informed, share their news and events, and keep in touch: They now have a Facebook page. LIKE their page, and keep up with all the latest! Support your local (student) Foresters!

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