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MSU's Arbor Day transforms College View Connector walkway

MSU's Arbor Day transforms College View Connector walkway

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University faculty, staff and students today [Feb. 9] planted 140 trees to transform the College View Connector walking path in celebration of Arbor Day. The event also marked 70 years of the MSU College of Forest Resources, the state's only nationally accredited education program in natural resources.

"A third of our state is forested, and forestry is a $13.12 billion industry for Mississippi....

2/12/2024

Our People: Aleria Story

Our People: Aleria Story

For Aleria Story, a high-achieving master's student in MSU's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, success is a combination of individual passion, drive and a strong support system.

The Tupelo native's passion for engineering blossomed through her high school STEM program, which introduced her to diverse engineering fields and opportunities.

"I chose Mississippi State because of its outstanding engineering program and lucrativ...

2/5/2024

MSU natural resource faculty, staff honored for excellence

MSU natural resource faculty, staff honored for excellence

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Several Mississippi State faculty and staff in the College of Forest Resources are entering the spring semester with new awards following the college's annual recognition ceremony at the close of 2023.

Dean Wes Burger said the college, as well as the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, of which he serves as director, "accomplish great things in natural resource teaching, research and service becaus...

1/29/2024

Running on refuse: NIFA grant to fund MSU study of biomass-derived transportation fuel

Running on refuse: NIFA grant to fund MSU study of biomass-derived transportation fuel

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The future of fuel is practical, sustainable and green, and Mississippi State's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts is committed to discovering solutions that will power tomorrow's fuels.

El Barbary Hassan, department professor and scientist in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, has received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant totaling over $610,000 to take foundational steps ...

1/26/2024

MSU wildlife ecologist designated fellow by international wildlife organization

MSU wildlife ecologist designated fellow by international wildlife organization

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Ray Iglay, an assistant professor in Mississippi State's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is among a handful of wildlife professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada newly recognized as a fellow of The Wildlife Society.

The Wildlife Society was founded in 1937 and includes more than 11,000 leaders in wildlife science, management and conservation across North America. TWS Fellows are wildlife pr...


MSU scientists study effects of supplemental feeding on chronic wasting disease

MSU scientists study effects of supplemental feeding on chronic wasting disease

STARKVILLE, Miss.—As wildlife researchers continue studying the spread of chronic wasting disease, a fatal infectious disease threatening North America's deer populations, scientists in Mississippi State University's Deer Lab are sharing how certain management practices, including supplemental feeding of deer, can impact disease transmission rates.

Steve Demarais, MSU Deer Lab co-director, said minimizing direct contact by elimin...


MSU researchers pioneer new method to detect Chronic Wasting Disease

MSU researchers pioneer new method to detect Chronic Wasting Disease

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University researchers are pioneering a new way to detect the local presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal disease threatening the nation's deer populations.

Steve Demarais, Taylor Chair in Applied Big Game Research and Instruction in MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, leads a team studying how scrapes left by deer could be a game changer in detecting CWD before noticeable p...


Our People: Emily White

Our People: Emily White

While the gridiron brought Emily White's family across the South to Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas, she found her passion in another kind of field—the wide-open spaces of the great outdoors. White is the daughter of an NCAA college football coach—an occupation which can lead to relocation—and remembers a childhood spent fascinated by the natural world around her.

"I've loved the outdoors forever. I have picture...

10/30/2023

The Decline of the Black Duck

The Decline of the Black Duck

Approximately 10,000 years ago, the last glaciers retreated, helping form the northern prairies in North America. Among dozens of waterfowl species, mallards and black ducks settled in what are now Canada and the United States. These species share many common traits, but they remained geographically partitioned until recent history.

"When the glaciers melted, mallards settled in the prairie wetland systems of southern Canada and midcon...


MSU, USDA give grad students, undergrads dynamic research experiences

MSU, USDA give grad students, undergrads dynamic research experiences

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Students in all levels of higher education—at Mississippi State and other universities across the country—are advancing as researchers in various disciplines after benefitting from two separate MSU research experience programs, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

MSU/USDA Graduate Summer Research Experience

The MSU/USDA Graduate Summer Research Experience ...

9/28/2023

Three MSU undergraduates receive exclusive Phi Kappa Phi Pioneer Award

Three MSU undergraduates receive exclusive Phi Kappa Phi Pioneer Award

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Three Mississippi State University undergraduate students have received the national Phi Kappa Phi Pioneer Award, a $1,000 prize recognizing exceptional research, engagement and leadership skills.

Grant Peterson, a senior wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major from Starkville; Annamarie Thompson, a senior biomedical engineering major from Trussville, Alabama; and Maria Timberlake, a senior natural resource an...


Sustainable Bioproducts' Owens elected Forest Products Society vice president

Sustainable Bioproducts' Owens elected Forest Products Society vice president

The Forest Products Society (FPS), an internationally recognized organization, has elected an MSU sustainable bioproducts faculty member to an executive position.

Frank Owens, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, is now the society's vice president. Owens has been a member of FPS since 2016 when he was a Ph.D. student in MSU's Forest Resources program.

The Forest Products Society's ...

9/25/2023

Our People: Sandra Correa

Our People: Sandra Correa

Rivers weave throughout Mississippi, making it the perfect state for river and aquatic ecologist Sandra Correa. As an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State, the Colombia native uses her knowledge of aquatic biodiversity to promote responsible care of river ecosystems and protect them from overfishing, so they continue to produce a variety of fish. From the Mississippi River to the flo...

9/25/2023

Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show returns this month for 35th anniversary

Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show returns this month for 35th anniversary

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The longest-running, live, in-woods equipment demonstration in the South—the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show—will be held Sept. 22 and 23 at Mississippi State's John W. Starr Memorial Forest.

The event is hosted by Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show, Inc., and is a partnership between the Mississippi Forestry Association, MSU's College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi Loggers Association. Wit...

9/13/2023

Wood Magic at MSU educates next generation about forest products

Wood Magic at MSU educates next generation about forest products

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts hosted the Wood Magic Science Fair last Monday [Sept. 18] through Friday [Sept. 22].

Approximately 4,000 third- and fourth- graders from across the state came to campus for WMSF to learn about forestry and the importance of forest products.

Students were taught that wood is renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and durable in an excitin...

9/12/2023

Altering a Collision Course

Altering a Collision Course

In the U.S., deer/vehicle collisions cause 1.5 million motor vehicle accidents each year, resulting in 200 fatalities and over a billion dollars in property damage. With 1.75 million deer in Mississippi, deer/vehicle collisions are cause for concern. That's why an FWRC scientist, with lead collaborators from participating agencies, sought to better understand how deer respond to approaching vehicles before a collision occurs.

Dr. Ray Igl...


Our People: Lacy Dolan

Our People: Lacy Dolan

Lacy Dolan has traversed the country studying mammals. Her latest stop is Mississippi State University, where she studies the state's black bears.

Growing up, the Dwight, Illinois, native said cats were the first animals to pique her curiosity.

"My parents both grew up on farms, so we had outdoor cats, which I loved. I remember learning about different animals and being fascinated by how they adapted to various environments," s...


Pest Prediction

Pest Prediction

Invasive, like the emerald ash borer and the redbay ambrosia beetle, wreak havoc on native ecosystems, kill hundreds of millions of trees, and cost hundreds of millions of dollars per year in lost revenue, management costs, and loss of ecosystem services in North America. A FWRC scientist sees these insects as a cautionary tale as she seeks to rewrite the story. Dr. Ashley Schulz, assistant forestry professor, is part of a team working to pred...

7/14/2023

A Wider Perspective

A Wider Perspective

FRANKLIN QUIN, JR. has been at home in the forest for much of his life. A Tylertown native, he grew up spending much of his time outdoors, from working in his family’s garden to participating in 4-H activities. Quin graduated from Alcorn State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s in industrial technology and enrolled in MSU’s wood science master’s program that fall. After graduating with his master’s in 1994, he w...


MSU-developed land conservation tool recognized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

MSU-developed land conservation tool recognized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A Mississippi State University-developed tool is helping land conservation leaders make informed and effective investments in the Gulf Coast region. Now, the team behind the software is being recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The web-based software uses 26 data sets to help stakeholders determine the best areas along the Gulf Coast for land conservation, based on the environmental and socioeconomic b...


MSU wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture students honored for leadership, academics

MSU wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture students honored for leadership, academics

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University, under the College of Forest Resources (CFR), recently recognized its exceptional students at the annual spring Student Awards Ceremony. This department is unique in the state, focusing on educating and cultivating future leaders in wildlife and fisheries management.

Graduates from the department go on to vital roles in private companies, nonprofit or...


Mississippi State forestry students honored for leadership, academics

Mississippi State forestry students honored for leadership, academics

The Department of Forestry at Mississippi State, part of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), recently held its annual Student Awards Ceremony, recognizing exceptional undergraduate and graduate students for their academic excellence. The department is part of the only nationally accredited program in the state for educating future leaders in natural resources, a field providing nearly 70,000 jobs and contributing $13.12 billion to Mississip...

6/23/2023

MSU natural resource students honored for leadership, academics

MSU natural resource students honored for leadership, academics

The Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at Mississippi State University, as a part of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), recently honored its remarkable students during the annual spring Student Awards Ceremony. The department is the sole nationally accredited educational program in the state aimed at cultivating future leaders in the field of natural resources.

CFR graduates enjoy a high employment rate across the U.S. and Mis...


MSU working to close opportunity gap in state's natural resource sector

MSU working to close opportunity gap in state's natural resource sector

Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources (CFR) is launching a new diversity initiative aimed at breaking down barriers for women and minorities to pursue careers in natural resources. Despite the significant economic impact of the forestry industry and related fields in Mississippi, these groups are significantly underrepresented in the sector.

“There are tremendous career opportunities in natural resour...

6/21/2023

Repelling Water

Repelling Water

NATIVE OF SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, MADELINE (MADDIE) GNANN has always felt at home in the outdoors. Throughout her childhood, Gnann spent her summers near Little Rock, Arkansas at Ferncliff, an overnight camp that incorporates conservation and sustainable living into everyday activities. These summers helped shape her worldview and eventually drew her to major in sustainable bioproducts at Mississippi State University. “I haven’t alw...


Seeing the Forest For the Trees

Seeing the Forest For the Trees

MISSISSIPPI HAS 19.2 MILLION ACRES of forestland, which accounts for 62% of the state's total land area. Nonindustrial private forest landowners own nearly three-quarters of all the forestland in Mississippi, about 70%. Like government and industry owned land, private forestland provides fresh water, habitats for fish and wildlife, recreational opportunities, and wood products. However, frequent resale activity for immediate profit can potenti...

6/13/2023

MSU department head awarded with Seven Seals Award

MSU department head awarded with Seven Seals Award

The leader of Mississippi State’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture is being honored with the national Seven Seals Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Department Head Andrew Kouba, a Dale Arner Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and director for MSU’s Center for Human-Wildlife Conflicts, has been selected for his “meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the me...


UN Environment Programme picks renowned MSU ecologist for global advisory group

UN Environment Programme picks renowned MSU ecologist for global advisory group

A renowned freshwater ecologist and Mississippi State scientist is lending her expertise to a historic international report, respected as the world’s most comprehensive account of environmental crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

Sandra Correa, assistant professor and researcher in MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, has been invited by the U.N. Environment Programme for members...


NASA, MSU's Yang study natural resources satellite data to address water insecurity

NASA, MSU's Yang study natural resources satellite data to address water insecurity

The federal agency in charge of the nation’s space program is receiving assistance from a Mississippi State assistant forestry professor in addressing water security by monitoring, understanding and managing natural resources through satellite data.

Yun Yang, also an MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center scientist, is part of a national consortium of more than 30 members and partners contributing to the NASA Acres project. Th...

5/31/2023

Thinking Big for Birds

Thinking Big for Birds

OVER 62% OF MISSISSIPPI'S LAND BASE is forested giving the Magnolia State a $13.8 billion dollar forestry and forest products enterprise. While green covers the map, the residents that enjoy the forested landscape are why Forest and Wildlife Research Center scientists are part of the Tombigbee Forest Bird Partnership (TFBP), an effort aimed at celebrating and enhancing avian conservation in the Southeast's working forests. Emily Jo "EJ" Willia...


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