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Evans named MSU Geosystems Research Institute associate director

Evans named MSU Geosystems Research Institute associate director

A Mississippi State faculty member with more than a decade of research and service in wildlife, fisheries, aquaculture and land conservation is adding an administrative role to her responsibilities.

Kristine Evans, associate professor in the College of Forest Resources, is now serving as the associate director for MSU's Geosystems Research Institute.

"Kristine has built important relationships with favorable leadership cap...


Our People: Namia Stevenson

Our People: Namia Stevenson

Whether in Japan or Turkey or Germany, Namia Stevenson has always felt at home abroad.

Stevenson's parents were in the U.S. Air Force, and she spent much of her childhood outside the U.S. She considers Bitburg, Germany, her hometown because that's where she spent the most time growing up.

The wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture master's student studies frogs and toads in MSU's Conservation Physiology Lab. Her interest was p...


MSU forestry students accepted into national diversity scholarship program

MSU forestry students accepted into national diversity scholarship program

Two Mississippi State graduate students have been accepted into the Society of American Foresters Diversity Scholar Program.

Damilola Taiwo and Segun Adeyemo, both forestry graduate students in MSU's College of Forest Resources, have been accepted into the competitive program operated by the national organization that advances sustainable forest management, oversees accreditation of forestry programs and certifies professional forest...

8/5/2022

MSU partners with USDA to give 'impressive' grad students summer research experience

MSU partners with USDA to give 'impressive' grad students summer research experience

A cohort of graduate scholars from around the country have converged at Mississippi State for several weeks to gain high-performance computing skills through a summer research experience program.

MSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture created the MSU/USDA Graduate Summer Research Experience Program for scholars to apply high-performance computing resources to a variety of research projects across multiple agricultural disciplines...


Retired MSU professor releases new book on fishing and hunting

Retired MSU professor releases new book on fishing and hunting

A new book by a Mississippi State wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture professor emeritus recollects hunting and fishing in the South.

Donald Jackson's "A Sportsman's Journey," published by the University Press of Mississippi, is his fourth book and explores the connections between man and his environment.

Jackson, who continues teaching Principles of Fisheries Management in the College of Forest Resources, said he hopes rea...


Tagged eagle reaches Maine

Tagged eagle reaches Maine

For the last three years, Mississippi Power, Mississippi State University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have partnered on a banding project to help track eaglets that hatch at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge in Gautier.

Back in early March, the project entered a new phase when a transmitter with GPS tracking was placed on an eagle. This allowed researchers to track the birds wherever they fly, teaching invaluable lesso...


Brazilian scientists thrive professionally through partnership between FPL and MSU

Brazilian scientists thrive professionally through partnership between FPL and MSU

The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), in cooperation with Mississippi State University (MSU), has developed a strong graduate education and research program over the past several years that has attracted outstanding scholars from South America. Many have completed graduate degrees and are now providing leadership in academic, research and industry programs, both here in the United States and abroad.

"I'm very proud of the strong partner...

7/22/2022

Carbon Sink

Carbon Sink

Nearly two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions are from carbon dioxide according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the U.S., that number jumps to 80 percent. Trees store or sequester carbon, which reduces the amount that is released in the atmosphere. According to the U.S. Forest Service, America's forests sequester 866 million tons of carbon a year, which is roughly 16% of the U.S. annual emissions. As one o...

7/12/2022

Pelletizing Pine

Pelletizing Pine

The U.S. exported nearly 7.26 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2020, up five percent from 2019, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Due to the rising interest in this energy source across the globe, researchers in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center seek to develop a cost-effective reliable material that is sturdier in transport and burns cleaner when consumed.

U.K.-based renewable energy company Drax has partne...

6/30/2022

MSU encourages community stakeholders to attend workshop on resiliency improvements

MSU encourages community stakeholders to attend workshop on resiliency improvements

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State will host the Disaster Resilient Food Energy Water Systems workshop this Wednesday [June 29] at The Mill at MSU.

A first-of-its-kind event, DIRE-FEWS is hosted by a team of researchers from the university's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in the College of Forest Resources and funded by a National Science Foundation Sustainable Regional Systems planning grant. It will include a panel of speak...

6/24/2022

Washed in Wood

Washed in Wood

Safe drinking water is something often taken for granted. Few are aware of the chemical processes that make water safe to use and consume at the turn of the tap.

Historically, water treatment plants have relied on petrochemicals to filter out contaminants, such as toxic metals and dyes, that are present in local water sources. But an unwanted result of this capability is that these treatments create their own waste, since they are made f...

6/13/2022

Wildlife faculty member at MSU soars in avian conservation

Wildlife faculty member at MSU soars in avian conservation

A Mississippi State faculty member in the College of Forest Resources is being recognized by a premier ornithology organization for excellence in landbird conservation.

Kristine Evans, assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is one of three avian conservationists recognized in the Western Hemisphere with the prestigious Partners in Flight leadership award. Partners in Flight is a network of more th...

5/4/2022

MSU staff honored with College of Forest Resources awards

MSU staff honored with College of Forest Resources awards

Mississippi State staff in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center are being honored with annual awards for excellence.

Wes Burger, dean of the College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, said the four stand-out individuals being recognized work diligently to advance the mission of CFR and FWRC.

"These professional and support staff members go...

4/26/2022

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources, Environment visits MSU for 2022 Carlton Owen Lecture

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources, Environment visits MSU for 2022 Carlton Owen Lecture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment—a Mississippi native and the first African American to hold this federal office—is this year's guest for Mississippi State's Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Under Secretary Homer Wilkes will lead the Friday, April 29, public program titled "Climate Smart Agriculture and Conservation" at 10 a.m. in Tully Auditorium in Thompson Hall.

4/14/2022

Mississippi State's Phi Kappa Phi receives national Service Project Award

Mississippi State's Phi Kappa Phi receives national Service Project Award

Mississippi State's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is being recognized with the organization's national Service Project Award for fall 2021 work in building a garden of native woody and herbaceous plants around Thompson Hall.

The annual Fall Service Project is a national event hosted by the PKP Council of Students in which each chapter addresses specific needs in its respective community.

MSU's chapter of PKP is the Division I aw...

4/12/2022

Demarais named MSU's 2022 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner

Demarais named MSU's 2022 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner

Mississippi State Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management Steve Demarais is being honored as the university's 2022 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award recipient.

Demarais, the Taylor Chair in Applied Big Game Research and Instruction in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, also is co-director of the MSU Deer Ecology and Management Laboratory. He is one of 14 faculty members from SEC universities...


MSU researchers use AI to better evaluate lumber

MSU researchers use AI to better evaluate lumber

A $500,000 federal grant will help Mississippi State researchers use artificial intelligence to increase the accuracy of lumber evaluation.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture award funds an innovative research project in MSU's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts that aims to improve lumber grading systems with a machine-learning model. The research will identify characteristics that human graders and current auto-grading technologi...

3/14/2022

Bullard joins CFR/FWRC as associate dean and director

Bullard joins CFR/FWRC as associate dean and director

Steve Bullard is Mississippi State's new associate dean of the College of Forest Resources and associate director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

Beginning March 1, Bullard—a two-time CFR alumnus and longtime professor—steps out of retirement for this role.

"Dr. Bullard is well respected among our stakeholders, and we are fortunate to have him rejoin our faculty and fill this vital position in our college a...

3/2/2022

Man of the people, Man of the State

Man of the people, Man of the State

Despite honoring his roots and settling down in the small central Mississippi town of De Kalb, Orlando Ellerby's job can take him from Pascagoula to Southaven any given day, and that's why he loves it.

Ellerby, a 2002 forestry graduate, serves three important roles with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, two of which hold statewide responsibilities. The common thread among all of them, however, is that they allow Ellerby the opportun...

2/16/2022

MSU Society of American Foresters again awarded Outstanding Student Chapter

MSU Society of American Foresters again awarded Outstanding Student Chapter

For the fourth consecutive year, Mississippi State's chapter of the Society of American Foresters is being recognized as the top student group in the nation.

The Society of American Foresters is a national professional organization that evaluates student chapter excellence based on partnership with natural resource organizations, public relations outreach, community involvement and service to the organization, its members and their u...

2/15/2022

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with annual tree planting

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with annual tree planting

Mississippi State faculty, staff and students commemorated Arbor Day today [Feb. 11], along with the Partnership Middle School, by planting about 45 loblolly pine seedlings at the school on the MSU campus.

Taking part in the Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting were undergraduate and graduate members of MSU's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Waldorf Scholarship recipients and middle school students. The trees eve...

2/11/2022

MSU assistant professor represents women in wood science

MSU assistant professor represents women in wood science

Tâmara França, assistant professor in Mississippi State's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in the College of Forest Resources, has been selected as a woman ambassador of wood science.

In 2021, the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) sought calls for nominations for "Women Ambassadors Creating the Future of Wood Science." França was nominated and then selected by the SWST committee as one of 16 wome...

2/10/2022

Inspiring Conservation from IG to IRL

Inspiring Conservation from IG to IRL

For Morgan Alexander and Makayla Brister, recent CFR alumni and proud creators of Instagram's "Culture and Conservation" account, the conversation about conservation is one that infiltrates their whole lives. However, the aim of "Culture and Conservation" is to create an all-inclusive space that engages its followers with the natural world and demonstrates how we're all impacted by conservation.

Alexander and Brister, two Black women wh...


Protecting  a canopy as old as the nation

Protecting a canopy as old as the nation

A study abroad got Rachel Habig-Myers thinking about urban forestry.

The Russellville, Alabama native and MSU forestry grad was part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, which brought her to Rottenburg-am-Necker, Germany to study forestry for a year.

"The scale of properties, and the biomes in our urban landscape around the Washington D.C. area are similar to my experience in Germany, where they've actively maintained thei...

2/2/2022

MSU department head elected International Academy of Wood Science Fellow

MSU department head elected International Academy of Wood Science Fellow

The International Academy of Wood Science is honoring Mississippi State's Rubin Shmulsky with the designation of fellow, recognizing his significant scientific achievements and research contributions to the field.

Newly elected for 2022, the Warren S. Thompson Professor of Wood Science and Technology and head of the MSU's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts joins 145 IAWS Fellows throughout the U.S., in addition to international ho...

1/14/2022

MSU faculty honored as natural resource leaders

MSU faculty honored as natural resource leaders

Mississippi State faculty in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center are being recognized for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Awardees recently joined administrators, department heads, advisory board members, faculty and staff at the annual CFR/FWRC Recognition Ceremony and Advisory Board Lunch.

Wes Burger, CFR dean and FWRC director, discussed how awardees are training to...

12/10/2021

MSU Deer Lab experts explain differences in deer diseases

MSU Deer Lab experts explain differences in deer diseases

Whether it's nutrition, genetics, habitat or population health—or even disease—scientists in Mississippi State University's Deer Lab not only research best management practices, but also work to make informed recommendations to hunters.

CWD, or chronic wasting disease, was first detected in the state in February 2018. Mississippi now has two CWD management zones across 14 of Mississippi's 82 counties. In early fall of thi...


MSU professor wins USDA grant to examine economic questions surrounding conservation easements

MSU professor wins USDA grant to examine economic questions surrounding conservation easements

Understanding how land use limitations imposed by conservation easements impact landowners and the public is the topic of new research by a Mississippi State professor in the College of Forest Resources.

George L. Switzer Professor of Forestry Changyou "Edwin" Sun is receiving a $600,000 grant award from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the USDA's leading competitive grants program for agricultural science.

Sun...

11/18/2021

Burger named dean and director for MSU's College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center

Burger named dean and director for MSU's College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center

A longtime Mississippi State faculty member and administrator is the new dean of the university's College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Loren W. "Wes" Burger, a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is the permanent dean and...

11/17/2021

MSU scientist's work in Amazon River Basin featured at UN Climate Change Conference

MSU scientist's work in Amazon River Basin featured at UN Climate Change Conference

A Mississippi State researcher is part of a historic scientific consortium presenting its findings on the Amazon River Basin at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Assistant Professor Sandra B. Correa in the College of Forest Resources' Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is part of the Science Panel for the Amazon, or SPA, a group of over 200 prominent scientists wh...


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