Spotting Scope

September 2017


Funding
  • Sepulveda, Maria,S, Professor of Ecology and Natural Systems, $17,507.12, Univ of CT, “The combined effects of environmental and anthropogenic stressors on fish health”

  • Dunning, John,B,Jr, FNR Associate Head of Academic Programs & Professor of Wildlife Ecology, $2,970, Indiana Academy of Science, “Using stable isotope analysis o determine avian foraging preference during the postfledging period in Southern Indiana”

  • Prokopy, Linda, Professor of Natural Resources Social Science; Church,Sarah, $152,000, USDA-NIFA, The urban-ag divide: the role of social learning in water resource protection behaviors”

  • Zollner, Patrick, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science; Day, Casey, $75,114, USDA-NIFA, “Utilizing research and education to address interactions among climate change, natural resources use, and wildlife conservation in a multi-cultural environment”

  • Williams, Rod, Associate Provost for Engagement/Associate Professor of Wildlife Science, $6,500, Fort Wayne Zoological Society, voluntary support

  • Meilan, Richard, Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology. $3,500, Futuragene, voluntary support

  • Prokopy, Linda, Professor of Natural Resources Social Science, $80,000, Walton Family Foundation, “In-depth review of farmer adoption/barriers to adoption literature”

  • Zollner, Patrrick, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science; Carlson, Donald, Forester; D’Acunto,Laura, Gradute Student, $8,100, Mary S. Rice Foundation,“Understanding habitat needs of Northern long eared bats in Northern Indiana landscapes”

  • Swihart, Robert, Professor of Wildlife Science, $5,000, National Assoc. of Univ. Forest Resources, voluntary support

  • Dunning, John, B, Jr, FNR Associate Head of Academic Programs & Professor of Wildlife Ecology, $600, Sycamore Audubon Society, voluntary support

  • Williams, Rod, Associate Provost for Engagement/Associate Professor for Wildlife Science, $50, Ronald Breeding, voluntary support

  • Williams, Rod, Associate Provost for Engagement/Associate Professor for Wildlife Science, $500, Mesker Park Zoo Docents, voluntary support

  • Hook, Tomas. Associate Professor of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences/IISG-Associate Director for Research, $13,165, Univ of WI-Madison, “The new Lake Michigan food web: establishing links between nearshore food sources and pelagic piscovires”

  • Prokopy, Linda, Professor of Natural Resources Social Science, $257,902, The Nature Conservancy, “Non-operator landowners and soil health”

  • Williams, Rod, Associate Provost for Engagement/Associate Professor for Wildlife Science, $984, Cryptobranchid Interest Group, “Investigating hellbender immunity and the advantages of environmental microbe exposure prior to reintroduction”

  • Williams, Rod, Associate Provost for Engagement/Associate Professor for Wildlife Science, $2,963, Indiana Academy of Science, “Investigating hellbender immunity and the advantages of environmental microbe exposure prior to reintroduction”

  • Zollner, Patrick, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science, D’Acunto, Laura, Gradute Student, Carlson, Donald, Forester, $59,527, IN Dept of Natural Resources, “Understanding resource use by Northern Long Eared Bat in fragmented wooded landscapes of Northern Indiana”

  • Collingsworth, Paris, Research Assistant Professor, Salazar, Kara, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialists, $356,658, Univ. of IL/EPA, “Extending impact of U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes national program office using Sea Grant outreach capacity”

  • Hook, Tomas, Associate Professor of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences/IISG-Associate Professor for Wildlife Science, Salazar, Kara, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialists, Quagrainie Kwamena, Aquaculture Marketing Director/Associate Professor, Dorworth,Leslie, $138,646, Univ of IL/NOAA, “2014-18 IL-IN Sea Grant Omnibus”

  • Prokopy, Linda, Professor of Natural Resources Social Science, $86,418, The Nature Conservancy, “Formative Evaluation of Saginaw Bay Watershed Project”

  • Wagner, Robert, Head and Professor of the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, $11,250, Indiana Arborists Assn., voluntary support

  • Williams, Rod, Associate Provost for Engagement/Associate Professor for Wildlife Science, $1,000, Evansville Zoological Society, voluntary support

  • Jacobs, Douglass, Associate Head Research & Fred M van Eck Professor of Forest Biology, $7,000, The Nature Conservancy, voluntary support

  • Dunning, John, B, Jr, FNR Associate Head of Academic Programs & Professor of Wildlife Ecology, $28,980, USDA Forest Service, “Breeding Bird Survey”

  • Williams, Rod, Associate Provost for Engagement/Associate Professor for Wildlife Science, $59,900, IN Department of Natural Resources, “A non-invasive environmental DNA approach to detect mudpuppies (necturus maculosus)”

  • Hoverman, Jason, Associate Professor Vertebrate Ecology, $29,526, Purdue University, “FY1718 PRF Research Grant”

  • Flaherty, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Habitat Management,, $1,044, Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative, “Evaluating the carrion base of burring beetle communities on Nantucket Island using stable isotopes”

  • DeWoody, Andrew, Professor of Genetics, Brueniche-Olsen, Anna, Post Doc Research Assistant, $7,500, Texas A&M University, “Montezuma Quail Genomics”

  • Cassens, Daniel, Professor Emeritus & Instructor, $1,555.54, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Assoc., voluntary support

  • Jacobs, Douglass, Associate Head Research & Fred M van Eck Professor of Forest Biology, $275, Chris Fischer, voluntary support

  • Saunders, Michael, Associate Professor of Ecology and Natural Resources, $10,000, USDA Forest Service, “Effects of prescribed fire within shelterwood regeneration systems on residual overstory timber quality”

  • Saunders, Michael, Associate Professor of Ecology and Natural Resources, $17,000, USDA Forest Service, “End-of-rotation prescribed fire: tree- and stand-level effects on quality and lumber value recovery”

  • Wagner, Robert, Head and Professor of the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, $7,500, Indiana Arborists Assn., voluntary support/Purcell

  • Dunning, John, B, Jr, FNR Associate Head of Academic Programs & Professor of Wildlife Ecology, $3000, Amos W. Butler Audubon Society, “Postfleding assocations of mature forest birds with early successional habitat in South-Central Indiana”

  • Dunning, John, B, Jr, FNR Associate Head of Academic Programs & Professor of Wildlife Ecology, $1,500, Amos W. Butler Audubon Society, “Using stable isotopes and satellite transmitters to track norther saw-whet owls in West-Central Indiana”

  • Turco, Ronald, Prokopy, Linda, Professor of Natural Resources Social Science; Goforth, Reuben, Associate Professor of Aquatic Ecosystems; et.al.; $724,994, IN Department of Environmental Management, “St. Mary’s Watershed Initiative”

  • Salazar, Kara, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist, $60,000, IN State Dept of Agriculture, “Comprehensive planning for economic development: a guide for local government”

  • Meilan, Richard, Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology, $500, ENP Investments, voluntary support

  • Williams, Rod, Associate Provost for Engagement/Associate Professor of Wildlife Science, $50, Taylor University, voluntary support

  • Sepulveda, Maria, Professor of Ecology and Natural Systems; Hoverman, Jason, Associate Professor Vertebrate Ecology; Lee, Linda, $290,000, Dept of the Army, “Development of Amphibian Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances Toxicity Reference Values for use in Ecological Risk Assessment at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites”

  • Ma, Zhao, Associate Professor of Sustainable Natural Resources Social Sciences, $125,525, National Science Foundation, “Co-producing environmental conservation and social equity: is conditionality in payment for ecosystem services a necessity or impediment?”

  • Sepulveda, Maria, Professor of Ecology and Natural Systems, $5,000, Showalter Trust, “2015 Showalter Awards”

  • Catlin,Ann; Sepulveda, Maria, S, Professor of Ecology and Natural Systems, et.al., $3,456,281, National Science Foundation, “CIF21 DIBBs: El: Creating a digital environment for enabling data-driven science (DEEDS)”

  • Purcell, Lindsay, Urban Forestry Specialist, $7,500, R3 Ag Consulting, LLC, voluntary support

  • Flaherty, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Habitat Management; Truelock,Zachary, $500, Society for Study of Amphibians & Reptiles, “Zachary Truelock: Variability in diets of Midwestern snakes in response to prescribed burning”

  • Prokopy, Linda, Professor of Natural Resources Social Science, Cherkauer,K, Zhou,Zhi, $77,314.66, U.S. Geological Survey, “State Water Resources Research Institute Program”

  • Meilan, Richard, Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology, $2,000, Lockheed Martin, voluntary support

  • Hoverman, Jason, Associate Professor Vertebrate Ecology, $245,088, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative research: Disease ecology in the midst of anthropogenic stressors exploring ​the influence of pesticides on host-parasite interactions”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
New Publications
  • Yordanov, Y., Ma, C., Yordanova, E., Meilan, R. Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology, Strauss, S.H., and Busov, V.B. (2016) BIG LEAF is an organ-specific regulator of organ size in poplar. PLoS ONE (in press).

  • Lee, J.H. and Pijut, P.M, Adjunct Associate Professor. 2017. Adventitious shoot regeneration from in vitro leaf explants of Fraxinus nigra. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 130:335-343.

  • Stevens, M.E. and Pijut, Adjunt Associate Professor, P.M. 2017. Origin of adventitious roots in black walnut (Juglans nigra) softwood cuttings rooted under optimized conditions in a fog chamber. New Forests 48:685-697.

  • Leroy G., Carroll E.L., Bruford M., DeWoody J.A. Professor of Genetics, Strand A., Waits L., & Wang J. (2018) Next-generation metrics for monitoring genetic erosion within populations of conservation concern. Evolutionary Applications, in press. Invited paper for a special issue on nextgeneration genomic monitoring.
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Presentations
  • Rick Meilan, Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology, gave two presentations entitled: “The Potential of Hybrid Cottonwood as a Bioenergy Crop” during a Field Day held at SWPAC on June 29.

  • Rick Meilan, Professor of Molecular Tree Physiology, and members of his lab (Rucha Karve, Wendy Spencer, and Sha Liu) conducted an Experience Purdue workshop entitled, “Genetically Engineering Trees to Sustainably Produce Biofuels.” This annual, on-campus program is for high-achieving highschool students and their families, and is part of an effort to attract high-quality students to our program.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Awards
Faculty
Staff
  • Congratulations to the following faculty/staff who received BRAVO Awards this past May: Betty Barlow, Brian Beheler, Tami Conn, Jarrod Doucette, Christine Hofmeyer, Dr. Reuben Goforth, and Julie Pluimer!
  • Congratulations to Brian MacGowan, FNR Extension Coordinator & Wildlife Extension Specialist, and Liz Jackson, Manaer Walnut Cncl/IFWOA & Engage Spec, for receiving the Gold Award for the IN Woodland Steward from Association of Natural Resources Professionals in the category of “Newsletters, Series of Articles.”

  • Congratulations to Shelly Wischmeier, Account Clerk IV, who was the recipient of the 2017 College of Agriculture Business Office Service Award! The Award was presented at the College of Agriculture’s Business Office Staff Appreciation lunch on June 7. The purpose of the Award is to recognize the significant efforts of business office staff members who consistently exert effort above and beyond to help accomplish the College’s strategic goals. Nominees of the award must be leaders in their offices and serve as a role model in fostering cooperation and teamwork, must be a resource to their colleagues and partners in problem solving, and their performance must be of high quality and they push the boundaries of their job​
  • Shelly Wischmeier Award 

  • Anna Brueniche-Olsen, Post Doc Research Assistant, who received the 2017 WDC Bharathi Viswanathan Award​ for her project entitled, “Inferring gray whale population characteristics from environmental DNA in seawater.” This Award is given with the “intention of showcasing non-invasive research methodologies, highlighting the fact that many of these methods provide scientific data of excellent quality, whilst also promoting the development of innovative and non-invasive approaches towards studying whales and dolphins.” Congratulations, Anna!

Congratulations
Faculty
  • Congratulations to Rod Williams on being selected to serve as Associate Provost for Engagement during 2017-2018 academic year!

  • Andrew DeWoody has been appointed to the Population Management Scientific Advisory Group to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Undergradute Students
  • Zachary Truelock, an undergraduate wildlife student in FNR, received a $500 Grant-inHerpetology from the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles for his proposal entitled, “Variability in diets of Midwestern snakes in response to prescribed burning.” Zachary is being advised by Dr. Flaherty and Chelsea Clyde-Brockway for his independent research project.
​Graduate Students
  • Congratulations to Keri Iles on successfully defending her M.S. thesis on July 13th!

  • Congratulations to Tricia Tsai on successfully defending her Ph.D. in May!

  • Congratulations to Kyle Earnshaw Rose, who successfully defended his dissertation on July 17.

  • Congratulations to Nick LaBonte who passed his PhD defense on Thursday, August 3.

  • Congratulations to Keri Iles and Mysha Clarke on winning 1st place in the Quiz Bowl at the annual conference of the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) on June 21 in Umeá Sweden. Picture of the team celebrating below.

Quiz Bowl Team 

Alumni News
  • The Spotting Scope is sad to report the passing of one of FNR’s better known alums. Robert (Bob) DeMoss​ passed on Sunday, July 23. While at PU, Bob was a four-year football starter, graduating in 1949. After a short time with the New York Bulldogs professional football team, he returned to Purdue and became part of the Boilermaker coaching staff and athletic administration. He retired in 1992. Bob was a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient. You made us proud, Bob!​​ ​​​​​​​​​​
Articles

Trees on the Move

Dr. Songlin Fei​, Associate Professor of Measurements & Quantitative Anaylsis

Interviewed by NPR Living on Earth Program

May 17, 2017


Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, September 15 – FNR department meeting, 1:00 p.m., FORS 216

  • Monday & Tuesday, October 9 & 10 – October Break

  • Friday, October 20 – FNR department meeting, 1:00 p.m., FORS 216

  • Friday, November 10 – FNR department meeting, 1:00 p.m., FORS 216

  • Wednesday-Saturday, November 22-25 – Thanksgiving vacation

  • Saturday, December 9 – Classes End

  • Monday-Saturday, December 11-16 – Finals

  • Saturday, December 16 – Semester Ends

  • Sunday, December 17 – Commencement

  • Tuesday, December 19 – Grades due
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