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2/13/2012 11:47 AM

Soundscape Ecology ResearchFNR research, Studying Nature's Ryhthms, introduced on global internet site.
Dr. Bryan Pijanowski was asked to share research on using "nature's music" to understand the ecological characteristics of a landscape with redOrbit.com, a global internet site with the latest science, space, health and technology news. Listen to "science of sound" at Purdue, Human-Environment Modeling & Analysis Lab.

1/11/2012 9:13 AM

Dr. Douglass Jacobs, walnut trees and climate changeFNR faculty research on endangered butterflies highlighted in IISG newsletter
Purdue University ecologist Dr. Patrick Zollner studied how people walking on nature trails can affect the reproduction habits of the Karner blue butterfly, which is a federally endangered species. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, The Helm newsletter, Winter 2011. 

11/10/2011 2:49 PM

Dr. Reuben GoforthFNR faculty part of $1.6 million grant for biofuels crop research
Reuben Goforth, Assistant Professor of Aquatic Community Ecology, will be collaborating with a team of researchers which will be conducting a watershed-scale sustainability assessment of multiple energy crops. The funding is part of a $16.5 million renewable fuel initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide high-quality biomass while increasing economic viability for producers and improving the environment.

11/4/2011 1:37 PM

Dr. Bryan PijanowskiFNR professor & researcher leads effort to capture natural sounds, coordinate global network
Purdue University researcher, Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, will lead a global natural soundscape network to coordinate research that could help detect early changes in climate and weather patterns, the presence of pollution and other environmental impacts.

11/4/2011 8:58 AM

Green Fire film"Land ethic" between man & nature film distributed nationwide
"Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time", directed and produced by Purdue alumni, inspires projects all over the country that connect people and land. This film about the life and work of American conservationist Aldo Leopold, a key figure of 20th century environmentalism and ecology, is made possible by The Aldo Leopold Foundation, US Forest Service and Center For Humans and Nature.

10/27/2011 11:55 AM

White oak tree being planted at ground zero.FNR Alumni, Scott Jamieson, cares for white oak trees used at ground zero
Scott Jamieson, a vice president for Bartlett Tree Experts, headed up the growth of the ground zero trees for five years in New Jersey and continues caring for them at the National September 11 Memorial in New York. Article written by Deborah Donovan, Daily Herald.

10/21/2011 8:27 AM

Professor Rick Meilan, research on ethonal from poplar treesPut a tree in your tank? Ethanol research centers on poplars
Someday trees could provide more than just shade, scenery and building materials. Purdue University researchers led by Rick Meilan, associate professor of forestry and natural resources, are studying how poplars might be turned into liquid fuel.

10/14/2011 8:22 AM

Bioenergy grass crop researchFNR faculty research part of $3.8 million study
Linda Prokopy, associate professor of natural resource social science, joins other Purdue University researchers to determine the potential of grasses as environmentally responsible bioenergy crops and to educate farmers and others about the findings.

9/29/2011 9:32 AM

Mole salamander considered for the endangered species listMole salamander considered for the endangered species list
Rod Williams, Purdue professor of wildlife science, shared with Evansville Courier & Press that he was looking for known Indiana salamanders when he discovered this species in 2004 at the Twin Swamps Nature Preserve near Mount Vernon, Ind. He recovered approximately a dozen mole salamanders and noted signs of reproduction. The Indiana Natural Resources Commission voted to approve the proposal to place this species on the endangered list on September 20, 2011.

9/28/2011 9:00 AM

Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry SpecialistPurdue Urban Forestry Specialist provides tree planting publication
A new Purdue Extension publication written by Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Specialist, provides everything homeowners and arborists need to know about tree planting, regardless the season. Tree Installation: Process and Practices covers planting from start to finish, including sections on selecting the right tree, planting location, irrigation and maintenance.

8/26/2011 1:18 PM

Dr. Jeff DukesFNR research shows drought-exposed leaves adversely affect soil nutrients
Dr. Jeff Dukes' research found that red maple leaves accumulate about twice as much tannin when exposed to hot, droughtlike conditions. Those tannins, which defend leaves from herbivores and pathogens, were shown to interfere with the function of common enzymes in soil.

8/2/2011 8:50 AM

Dr. Rick Meilan's research on Poplar trees, curly grain forms this veneer tunnelContinued research on poplar trees may reveal best utilized species for Midwest tree farms
"Poplar is becoming more important as a research species and has the potential to address issues in several areas," Dr. Rick Meilan says. He's pushing for more plantations across the state to prove the value of poplars for veneer, fiber for paper and dimensional lumber, and as an energy crop. As Dr. Meilan continues Dr. Sam Grober's research started more than 70 years ago, he believes the portions not used for veneer could be burned or possibly turned into a next-generation biofuel.

7/29/2011 3:27 PM

Asian carp, Dr. Reuben Goforth research to aid in fight with Asian carpFNR research to aid in the fight of Asian carp
As the Asian carp push towards the Great Lakes, efforts are underway to control this invasive species. Dr. Reuben Goforth shares research to aid in slowing down the population by disrupting egg development with the use of electricity. See Detroit Free Press video Managing a menace for more.

7/7/2011 9:33 AM

Dr. Tamara Benjamin, FNR research scientist, coordinator for CATIEFNR research scientist, significant role in national tropical ag research & study-abroad program
CATIE started in 1940 when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace proposed an institution dedicated to supporting American countries doing tropical ag research along with training national personnel. Dr. Tamara Benjamin, FNR research scientist, who coordinates Purdue's tropical agruicultural research efforts in Costa Rica, is stationed at CATIE - a research university in Turrialba. Tamara and her team continue to work with educators all over the world and link students from Purdue and Haskell Indiana Nations Univeristy with indigenous tribes in Costa Rica.

4/8/2011 2:46 PM

Dr. Douglass Jacobs2011 University Faculty Scholar awarded to FNR faculty
Dr. Douglass Jacobs was selected as a 2011 University Faculty Scholar. The UFS award recognizes mid-career faculty who have distinguished themselves and are on an accelerated path to distinction. Dr. Douglass Jacobs has established strong credentials in research and extension programming, and he has contributed admirably to student learning.

4/8/2011 1:59 PM

Dr. Andrew DeWoodyFNR faculty receives Ag Research Award
Dr. Andrew DeWoody is this year’s recipient of the 2011 Purdue University Agricultural Research Award. This Award is the highest honor given by the College of Agriculture's Research Office and reflects the exceptional contributions Dr. Andrew DeWoody has made to the field of ecological and evolutionary genetics.

3/8/2011 9:22 AM

Dr. Andrew DeWoody, genetics researchDNA better than eyes when counting endangered species
Using genetic methods to count endangered eagles, Andrew DeWoody, professor of genetics at Purdue University in the Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resoources; Jamie Ivy, population manager at the San Diego Zoo; and Todd Katzner, research assistant professor at the University of West Virginia, showed that traditional counting methods can lead to significantly incorrect totals that they believe could adversely affect conservation efforts.

3/2/2011 8:49 AM

Dr. Bryan Pijanowski, soundscape researchNew scientific field will study ecological importance of sounds
Soundscape ecology will focus on what sounds can tell people about an area. Bryan Pijanowski, an Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources and a lead author of a paper outlining the field in the journal BioScience, said sound could be used to detect early changes in climate, weather patterns, the presence of pollution or other alterations to a landscape. View the lab project web site for more details, Human-Environment Modeling & Analysis Laboratory.

3/1/2011 9:16 AM

Dr. Guofan ShaoInternational journal names FNR faculty associate editor
Dr. Guofan Shao has been named as an Associate Editor of the "International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology."

2/21/2011 10:04 AM
Tanya Aldred, FNR Grad. Research Assist. FNR graduate student in Wildlife Professional
Tanya Aldred, Graduate Research Assistant, was choosen to attend the 17th Annual Wildlife Society's Conference in Snowbird, Utah and is included in a group of students and professional mentors featured in the "Wildlife Professional-Winter 2010" on professional development for Native American wildlife students. See article titled Engaging Native American Students. Tanya is currently working with Pat Zollner, Assistant Professor of Quantitative Ecology.
1/11/2011 8:53 AM
1/10/2011 2:17 PM
Box turtleA Survival Estimate of Midwestern Adult Eastern Box Turtles Using Radiotelemetry
The American Midland Naturalist Journal recently published the FNR reserach article which presents an assessment of annual survival for adult eastern box turtles that were radio-tracked over a period of two years. Article written by the following within the Purdue Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources: Andrea Currylow, Graduate Research Assist.; Patrick Zollner, Assist. Professor; Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist; and Rod Williams, Assist. Professor.
1/7/2011 8:55 AM
FNR alumni, Melany Glossa, appointed forest supervisorFNR alumni appointed forest supervisor
Melany Glossa has been appointed as Forest Supervisor for Hoosier NF. Glossa ia a native Hoosier and a graduate of Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resoucres. Her career has spanned several states, including Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho and Missouri. For news announcement see TribTown.com.
11/24/2010 9:24 AM
Douglas Fir branchSelecting an Indiana-grown Christmas tree
Tree species and characteristics of Indiana-grown real trees are listed as an aid in selecting an Indiana Christmas tree. Best care practices for real trees, transplanting tips and photos of the most popular types of trees are also included in this extension resource by Dr. Dan Cassens.
11/1/2010 4:53 PM
Emerald ash borer adults in jarDetermining the basis for emerald ash borer resistance
The ash-tree industry in North America is now in grave danger due to a tiny newcomer to the North American landscape: the emerald ash borer.
10/19/2010 8:16 AM
Trees and the fall colorsForestry Professor answers the question of why fall colors are not as bright this year
The weather is having an effect on the brightness of the fall leaves this season. Purdue Associate Professor of Forestry Jeffrey Dukes said the fall foliage is just one more casualty of recent drought-like conditions. He said many areas in central Indiana will experience a shorter, duller fall season. View link for WLFI/Channel 18 article and video. Related Extension publication resource, "Why Leaves Change Color-The Physiological Basis".
10/18/2010 8:42 AM
Shrubs of IndianaHedge fun: CD lists all of Indiana's native shrubs
Indiana is home to 117 native shrub species. Every one - from the populous common blackberry to the very rare American barberry - appears in a new Purdue University Cooperative Extension CD. Author George Parker, Professor Emeritus of Forestry, and Co-author Sally Weeks, Dendrology Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.
10/15/2010 10:13 AM
2010 Indiana Forest Products Price Report and Trend AnalysisData gathered from Indiana forest product firms
The 2010 Indiana Forest Products Price Report and Trend Analysis is now available as a free web download. The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources obtained this data from survey completed by Indiana sawmills, veneer mills, concentration yards, loggers and firms producing wood chips and sawdust as a byproduct.
10/6/2010 2:41 PM

GraduatesFNR Shines in National Research Council Rankings (NRC) of Doctoral Programs
The quality of Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resource's graduate program has long been a source of pride. New evidence indicates that our pride is justified. A new report shows that Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resource is among the nation’s elite programs in ecology and evolutionary biology, which includes the research in fisheries and wildlife, as well as forestry and forest science.
10/4/2010 9:03 AM

ForestForestry Course to Help Landowners Manage Woodlands
Indiana’s forestry industry will be featured in a workshop for landowners interested in improving their woodlands. The first session of the Moonlight Forestry Course will feature an introduction to Indiana’s forests and discussion on historic forest management.  The second session will focus on forest management practices that can improve the quality and production of Indiana woodlots. Each evening also will include a session on tree identification. Presenters include Ron Rathfon, Purdue University regional extension forester of the Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources; Don Carlson, Purdue forester and property manager for Miller-Purdue Woodlands of the Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources; and Brad Rody and Hank Hefner, Indiana Department of Natural Resources district foresters. For course brochure.
9/14/2010 9:37 AM

Associate Professor Bryan PijanowskiAdding Forests Will Curb Floods and Help Rivers.
Controlling urban growth and increasing forested land are the most effective ways to decrease future water runoff and flooding, according to a Purdue University study. Bryan Pijanowski, associate professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, used a model to simulate Michigan's Muskegon River watershed runoff rates from 1900 through the present and forecast them 30 years into the future. Several scenarios, including forest regrowth, urbanization, and buffers between development and streams, were analyzed to estimate their impact on rivers and streams. "Changes in the land's surface feed back to runoff. Urban sprawl and impervious surfaces are the biggest culprits," Pijanowski said. "If you're able to control development, it is the most effective way to save our river ecosystem."
9/13/2010 3:07 PM

Molecular Approaches in Natural Resource Conservation and Management Thousand Canker Disease Affecting Black Walnut Trees
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, is activating Indiana's Emergency Rule for Thousand Canker Disease (TCD) of Black Walnut, effective August 30, 2010. This fungal disease is spread by a small twig beetle, eventually leading to the death of infected trees. TCD disease, endemic in the Western US, was recently identified in Tennessee. For more information view the US Forest Service Pest Alert, Indiana Emergency Rule and Indiana Walnut Council. Things we can do to help prevent this disease: check your black walnut trees for signs of this disease; report any dead or declining walnut trees to 1-1-866-NO-EXOTIC; don't move firewood of any kind as it spreads insects and diseases; and don't move walnut material from a known infested area.

9/13/2010 2:52 PM

Molecular Approaches in Natural Resource Conservation and ManagementScientists Collaborate To Develop Molecular Genetics Resource
Recent advances in molecular genetics and genomics have been embraced by many scientists in natural resource conservation. Now with compiling compelling case histories from some of the major figures in molecular ecology and evolution, a new book entitled Molecular Approaches in Natural Resource Conservation and Management will aid scientists, conservationists and resource managers.
9/13/2010 2:40 PM

Asian CarpResearch On Threatened Ecosystem by Asian Carp
Reuben Goforth, Assistant Professor of Aquatic Community Ecology for the Deparment of Forestry and Natural Resources, has been asked to share his expertise regarding the migration of Asian carp into Indiana waterways. View videos and articles from WLFI of Asian carp jumping in the Indiana Wabash River. Videos titled "Asian carp numbers growing in Wabash", "Asian carp threaten ecosystem in Wabash" and "What's Being Done About Asian Carp."