MSU grad students bring home honors in competitions


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Posted: 11/6/2009


Graduate students in Mississippi State’s College of Forest Resources are being honored by regional and national organizations for presentations and visual displays.

Andrew Little of Aspers, Pa., recently received the Outstanding Presentation Award of the Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society. A master’s degree student in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture working under the direction of university professor Steve Demarais, Little had submitted a report dealing with the effects of hunter density on male white-tailed deer movements in South Central Oklahoma.

In a separate national event, forestry doctoral students Michael Crosby of Ellisville and David Wilkinson of Dayton, Wash., received third place for "Determination of carbon losses in an urban setting using Landsat." Co-authored by MSU professors Emily Schultz and Tom Matney, the display was honored at the annual meeting of the Society of American Foresters.

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies also recognized two wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture graduate students for outstanding presentation and visual display.

Doctoral candidate Ray Iglay of Starkville received the outstanding visual display award for research on plant biomass in intensively management pines of East Central Mississippi. The Wilmington, Del., native’s work is directed by department head Bruce Leopold.

The best presentation award at the regional meeting went to Mark McConnell, also of Starkville. He is a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture master’s student from West Monroe, La., working under the direction of professor Wes Burger.

McConnell’s presentation was titled "Precision conservation: Using technology to optimize conservation profitability in agricultural landscapes."

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