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 Spotting Scope - July 2015

Jerry StillingsWe bid a fond farewell to Jerry Stillings on Friday, July 31.  After over two decades of service to Purdue, the College of Agriculture, and the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Jerry decided to retire to spend more time on his favorite pursuit – fishing!  Of course, he is also looking forward to spending more time with his family.  Jerry’s time will most likely get gobbled up with local issues; he serves on the Mulberry Town Board.  Jerry’s retirement reception was held on Monday in Leopold’s Landing.  Some of FNR’s retirees stopped by the reception, as well members of the AgIT staff and his colleagues in FNR.​

Dr. Rob Swihart, Professor and Head



  • ​​Pauli, B. P., P. A. Zollner​, G. S. Haulton, and G. Shao​.  2015.  The simulated effects of timber harvest on suitable habitat for Indiana and northern long-eared bats.  Ecosphere.
  • Goforth. R.R.​ and J. Janick. 2015. Identification of New World aquatic invertebrate illustrations in The Drake Manuscript. Journal of Natural History 49(11-12): 719-734.
  • Hamel, M.J., M.A. Pegg, R.R. Goforth​, Q. Phelps, K.D. Steffensen, J.J. Hammen, and M.L. Rugg.  2015. Range-wide age and growth characteristics of shovelnose sturgeon from mark-recapture data: Implications for conservation and management.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72:71-82. 
  • Malaypally, P., A.M. Liceaga, F. San Martin-Gonzalez, K.H. Kim, M. Ferruzzi, and R.R. Goforth. In Press. Influence of molecular weight on intracellular antioxidant activity of invasive silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) protein hydrolysates.  Journal of Functional Foods. doi:10.1016/j.jff.2014.06.011
  • Lenaerts, A.W., A.A. Coulter, Z.S. Feiner, and R.R. Goforth​.  In Press. Egg size variability in an establishing population of invasive silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (Valenciennes, 1844).  Aquatic Invasions.
  • Doyle, Jacqueline M., Claire C. Hacking, Janna R. Willoughby, Mekala Sundaram, J. Andrew DeWoody.  2015. Mammalian genetic diversity as a function of habitat, body size, trophic class, and conservation status.  Journal of Mammalogy.
  • Wijayawardena B., Minchella D.J.​ & DeWoody J.A.​ 2015. Horizontal gene transfer in schistosomes: a critical assessment.  Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology, in press.
  • Jenkins, L.H., M.A. Jenkins, and C.R. Webster. In press. Woody regeneration response to over a decade of deer population reductions in Indiana state parks. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.
  • Morrissey, R.C., M.R. Saunders, and M.A. Jenkins. In press. Successional and structural responses to overstorey disturbance in managed and unmanaged forests. Forestry  88: 376-389
  •  Shields, J.M., M.A. Jenkins, M.R. Saunders, K.D. Gibson, P.A. Zollner, and J.B. Dunning, Jr. 2015.  Influence of intensity and duration of invasion by Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on mixed hardwood forests of Indiana. Invasive Plant Science and Management 8:44-56.     
  • Shields, J.M.; M.R. Saunders, K.D. Gibson​P.A. Zollner, J.B. Dunning, Jr., and M.A. Jenkins. 2015. Short-Term Response of native Flora to the removal of non-native shrubs in mxed-hardwood forests of Indiana, USA. Forests 6: 1878-1896.
  • Webster, C.R. and M.A. Jenkins. 2015. Spatial patterning and floral synchrony among trillium populations with contrasting histories of herbivory.  PeerJ  3:e782
  • Wen, Z.F., G.F. Shao, Z.A. Mirza, J.L. Chen, M.Q. Lv, and S.J. Wu. 2015. Restoration of shadows in multispectral imagery using surface reflectance relationships with nearby similar areas. International Journal of Remote Sensing (accepted)
  • Tang, L.N. and G.F. Shao. 2015. Drone remote sensing for forestry research and practices: a review. Journal of Forestry Research (in press)
  • Tang, L.N., L.M. Gui, G.F. Shao, L.Y. Wang, and L.Y. Shi. 2015. Practice and research progress on ecosystem conservation in transboundary areas. Chinese Geographical Science. doi: 10.1007/s11769-015-0761-2.
  • Janna R. WilloughbyMekala Sundaram, Wijayawardena B.K., Lamb M.C., Kimble S.J.A., Ji Y., Fernandez N.B.​, Antonides J.D.​, Marra N.J. & DeWoody J.A.​ (2015) The reduction of genetic diversity in threatened vertebrates and new recommendations regarding effective population size and IUCN conservation rankings.  Biological Conservation, in press.


  • Nick LaBonte​ was awarded $2,000 from the Indiana Academy of Sciences for his grant, “Sequencing the genome of Indiana’s largest surviving American chestnut" (Castanea dentata (Marsh. Borkh.)


  • Rick Meilan​ gave a series of presentations on the potential of hybrid poplar as a bioenergy crop at a Field Day held at the Southwest Purdue Agriculture Center(SWPAC).

Faculty Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to Bryan Pijanowski who was honored along with other selected at the first annual Favorite Faculty Banquet on Sunday, April 12th.  Favorite Faculty were nominated by students.
  • Congratulations to Songlin Fei who has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of Invasive Plant Science and Management.  He has also been nominated as the member for the IUFRO Task Force on Biological Invasions.
  • Congratulations to Paul Brown who was selected to be a presenter at the President’s Council Back-to-Class on Friday, October 9.  Dr. Brown’s talk will on “Advanced food production systems.” Back-to-Class is an educational opportunity available only to President’s Council members.
  • Congratulations to Linda Prokopy who was recognized by Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of NIFA, as one of the experts in the field of climate change that we should all listen to.  Linda was also recently named as a 2015 recipient of the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Conservation Reward Award!
  • Congratulations to Liz Flaherty on being selected as a recipient for the Teaching for Tomorrow Award! 
  • Congratulations to Marisol Sepú​lveda​!  Not only was she recently named a University Faculty Scholar, we have now received word that she has also been named Showalter Faculty Scholar! ​

Project TEAM Award

  • Congratulations to Linda ProkopyMelissa Widhalm and the U2U team for receiving the 2015 College of Agriculture Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Award!

Faculty Articles​

Three Hellbenders have been handed off to the Columbian Park Zoo, in a effort to conserve the species., May 18, 2015
By Alex Maragos, WLFI

​FNR and three Indiana Zoos are working together to help protect the Hellbender., May 22, 2015
By Alex Maragos, WLFI​

Graduate Honors and Awards

  • Congratulations to Mysha Clarke, Dr. Ma’s PhD student, who was selected to receive a Student and Early Career Professional Scholarship to attend the 21st International Symposium on Society and Research Management.  Mysha will be giving a presentation at the meeting, which will held in June in Charleston, SC. ​
  • Congratulations to Jenny Antonides, PhD candidate in FNR, who has been selected to attend the NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida of Terrestrial Vertebrates (MalariaRCN) workshop on Sept. 28-Oct. 1 2015.  This workshop is on malaria parasites and closely related haemosporidians of natural populations of vertebrates.  The four-day workshop will be held at the National Center for Conservation Training in Shepherdstown, WV, USA.  Activities will include both field and laboratory exercises as well as lectures and discussions led by RCN members.  Jenny also passed her Ph.D. preliminary exams!  Jenny is a PH.D. student working with Dr. Andrew DeWoody​.
  • Congratulations to David Coulter for successfully defending his dissertation on May 1st!  David is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Tomas O Höök and Dr. Maria S. Sepúlveda.​
  • Congratulations to Johanna Desprez who successfully defended her M.S. thesis on May 7th!  Johanna is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Songlin Fei.​
  • Congratulations to Junhyung Lee​ for passing his Ph.D. preliminary exams! Junhyung is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Paula Pijut.​
  • Congratulations to Bhagya Wijayawardena and Jenny Antonides on being awarded scholarships to attend the 2015 Summer Institute for Statistical Genetics workshop in Seattle!
  • Congratulations to Ken Kellner for receiving the Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award AND for earning a Graduate Teacher Certificate!
  • Congratulations to Micah Stevens​ for successfully passing his Preliminary Exam! Micah is a PhD student studying with Dr. Paula Pijut.​

Undergraduate Honors and Awards​

  • Congratulations to Rebecca Busse on tying for 2nd place (in the College of Agriculture category) at the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, held on April 14.
  • Congratulations to Ardith Wang who has been accepted into the Purdue-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program!  The program includes “professional development activities, a systematic introduction to academic research with your faculty mentor and research team, a community service project, and frequent interactions with the AGEP Graduate Scholars who will serve as mentors .”  There will be a Summer Research Presentation on July 24, 2015.  The stipend award for this will be $4,000.  Ardith is an undergraduate in the Williams lab. 
2015 Vine & Branch Excellence in Urban Forestry Award

  • vine and branch awardVine & Branch Inc. of Carmel, Indiana recently awarded the Excellence in Urban Forestry Award. This award is given annually to the Purdue Forestry and Natural Resource student who best expresses their ability to apply classroom theory to real world situations. This year the award was judged based on the ability of the student to write an Appraisal of Damages Report. In their reports the students had to offer an opinion of the value of damages caused to a property where trees had inadvertently been removed. Sound arboricultural principals, good writing skills and a bit of forensic analysis were required.
    First Place- Bridget Blood of Manahawkin, New Jersey
    Second place- Erin Hipskind of Roanoke, Indiana​


2015 FNR Research Symposium Poster Awards

​Below is a listing of poster award recipients for the 2015 FNR Research Symposium. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations!

  • Ph.D/Research
    First Place: Erin Kenison
    Second Place: Kristen Bellisario
    Honorable Mention: Shuai Chen

  • Ph.D./Engagement
    First Place: 
    Maryam Ghadiri​

  • M.S./Research
    First Place: Teresa L. Clark
    Second Place: Vanessa Wuerthner
    Honorable Mention: Charlotte Freeman

  • Undergraduate/Research
    First Place: Ardith Wang
    Second Place: Ivy Widick
    Honorable Mention: Hannah Hayes

  • Undergraduate/Engagement
    First Place: Allison Turner
    Second Place: Kalli Fredrickson
More Info​

Department News

  • Congratulations to Steve Kimble​, who has a new position as Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences.  He will be teaching human genetics this fall (a 400-level course) and will be helping with BIOL 242, Introduction to Genetics Lab, in the spring semester.​
  • Congratulations to Sam Guffey, FNR Laboratory Manager, on being elected the new vice-chair of the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC)!
  • Congratulations to Cat Searle and Mark ChristieAssistant Professor, on the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Lillian Christie on Friday, May 8 (photo below).  Charlotte was born at 5:40 a.m., weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces, and is 20 inches long.  Everyone is doing great!
  • Congratulations to Sarah and Bryan Murray​, Post Doc Research Associate, who welcomed Calvin Charles Murray on Tuesday, July 7.  Everyone is home and doing well!

Charlotte and Calvin​​​​​

Alumni News

  • DaveDave Apsley (FNR BS ‘85 Forest Management) was named SAF Fellow (as Ohio’s 2015 nominee).  Three of Ohio’s past 4 Fellows have been Boilermakers!  Dave is an Associate Professor for Ohio State University Extension where he has been a Natural Resources Specialist since December 2000.  He concentrates his research and Extension efforts on forestry issues, primarily on private lands.  Dave is past chair of the Ohio Society of American Foresters and is a Certified Forester.  Before Ohio State, he taught in Forest Management Technology at Hocking College, was a Forester and Supervisory Forester for the Department of Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky and a Research Technician and Research Coordinator in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.  He lives on a Certified Tree Farm in Jackson County, OH.  Dave was named SAF Fellow as Ohio’s 2015 nominee.  Congrats to you, Dave!  You make us proud!​
  • Check out the Electric Consumer story featuring FNR alum, Trent Osmon and the USS Constitution.
  • Rita McKenzie recently completed one of her retirement projects by publishing “Bur Oak Chronicles”. Learn more by checking it out on Amazon​.

In Memoriam - FNR Alumni​

  • Brian W. Tunis (BS ’93, MS ’97) passed away on 1/21/15 at the age of 47. Brian was born July 27, 1967 to Carol Ann Tunis and the late Harold Wayne Tunis in Hammond, Indiana. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, and worked at Kroger in the Meat Department. Mr. Tunis served in the Indiana National Guard for 6 years and was certified as a Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, and was a member of the Indiana Urban Forestry Council.
  • Michael R. Watson (BSF ’67) passed away 5/22/15 in West Virginia. He was born Sept. 8, 1944, in Logansport, Ind., to Margery Porter of Monticello, Ind., and the late Carl E. Watson. After receiving his BSF, Mike left Indiana to pursue his dream as a forester. He worked at Potomac Edison and was later promoted to system forester and general manager at Allegheny Power. He was internationally known for his vegetation management work and went on to be an environmental consultant, which brought him to Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. He was a member of the board of directors of ISA Research Trust and past president of the Utility Arborist Association. He was an avid golfer and a world traveler who enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was also a talented wood craftsman whose proudest work was his home. He also was an important contributor to the careers of Drs. Harvey Holt and Bill Chaney, both emeritus professors of FNR.

Articles, April 24, 2015
By Coco Liu and ClimateWire

Journal Sentinel, June 22, 2015
By John Schmid, Journal Sentinel

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Friday, August 7, Summer school ends​
  • ​​Saturday, August 8, Summer commencement, 9:30 am
  • ​​​Thursday, August 20, FNR Retreat, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Monday, August 24, Fall 2015 semester begins, 7:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 2, College of Ag Ice Cream Social, 5:30-7:00 pm, Lilly Hall Lawn
  • Thursday, September 3, FNR department meeting, 12:00 pm, PFEN 120
  • Thursday, September 3, FNR Ginkgo Gathering, 5:30-7:30 pm, Ag Mall
  • Monday, September 7, Labor Day, No classes, offices closed
  • Thursday, October 1, FNR department meeting, 12 pm, PFEN 120
  • Monday & Tuesday, October 12 & 13.  No classes, offices open
  • Thursday, October 29, FNR department meeting, 12 pm, PFEN 120
  • Thursday, November 19, FNR department meeting, 12 pm, PFEN 120
  • Wednesday through Saturday, November 25-28, Thanksgiving vacation
  • Thursday, December 10, FNR department meeting, 12 pm, PFEN 120
  • Saturday, December 12, Fall semester ends 12:20 pm
  • Monday through Saturday, December 14-19, Finals
  • Saturday, December 19, semester ends, 9 pm
  • Sunday, December 20, Commencement at 9:30 and 2:30