Regions Bank establishes Auburn University endowed professorships in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Two professors in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University are the first to receive new endowed professorships established by Regions Financial Corporation. Associate Professor Brian Via is the Regions Professor in Forest Products, and Professor Tom Gallagher is the Regions Professor in Forest Operations, Utilization, Management and Economics. Pictured from left to right are School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Dean Janaki Alavalapati, Professor Tom Gallagher and Associate Professor Brian Via.

Two professors in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University are the first to receive new endowed professorships established by Regions Financial Corporation.

Associate Professor Brian Via is the Regions Professor in Forest Products, and Professor Tom Gallagher is the Regions Professor in Forest Operations, Utilization, Management and Economics.

The recently designated professorships will be awarded every five years to associate or full professors who demonstrate a strong commitment to students and the provision of high quality instruction, research and service.

Both accomplished researchers, Via’s research focuses on forest product development from either bioenergy and/or biobased processes while Gallagher specializes in industrial forestry, timber harvesting and transportation of forest biomass.

As a major owner and manager of forest land in Alabama, Regions has a vested interest in maintaining a robust forest products industry, which contributes more than $15 billion annually to the state’s economy. With the creation of the professorships, Regions has partnered with the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences to ensure that the forest industry continues to be developed through strong research and education programs at Auburn University.

“Staying on the leading edge is important to the thousands of private forest landowners in Alabama,” said Don Heath, Regions senior vice president of natural resources and real estate. “Having an exemplary academic program at Auburn University can help us achieve and maintain that leading edge in forest products development.”

The Regions professorships are designed to strengthen and enhance the university’s programs through the quality of the faculty members’ work and their ability to serve as positive role models for their colleagues and students. They must have a record of distinguished academic or professional work in their field of study in comparison to their colleagues at peer institutions.

“Our faculty are cutting-edge in terms of forestry enterprise and product innovation,” said School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Dean Janaki Alavalapati. “In addition to this important research, our efforts to develop leaders to serve these industries will assure the sustainability and growth of Alabama’s economy, both in timber sales and employment.”

Help the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences purchase a portable sawmill on Tiger Giving Day, Feb 21

 

 

Portable Sawmill Provides New Opportunities

Auburn University will once again host Tiger Giving Day, a 24-hour online giving campaign, on Tuesday, February 21.   On this day, 20 schools and units will advertise a project via their networks in hopes it will be funded in 24 hours via social media.  The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences has chosen to ask for donor support for a portable sawmill that will serve as a hands-on learning laboratory for forestry students. This equipment will cost $12,000 and will satisfy all three of the school’s land-grant missions:

Teaching

Use of the portable sawmill will teach students about sustainability and environmental factors. Additionally, the students will observe how a professional forester takes down a dead or damaged tree.  By incorporating this machinery into multiple classes, students will also learn and apply the knowledge they have gained regarding wood measurements, growth products, wood quality and how a log can most efficiently be sawed. The portable sawmill will complement the forest harvesting class so that students can better understand textbook principals by gaining hands-on knowledge.

 

Research

The School’s research program will benefit from the portable sawmill with improvements to production systems and wood utilization, and assessment of properties and processing characteristics which provide scientific data and information required for design and production of high quality wood products made from the timber.

 

Outreach and Extension

Portable sawmills can be economically beneficial to private landowners who have small volumes of timber which need to be salvaged or harvested.   It provides a less expensive option of forest management relating to thinning timber stands, creating wildlife openings, developing recreation areas and harvesting small areas to improve forest health (eliminating pine beetle).   The end-product from a portable sawmill is quality lumber which can be sold at a profit or used to meet other needs that could supplement or provide an income.

 

 

Help us meet our goal! Give to the project and share the campaign online!

To learn more about this year’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Tiger Giving Day project visit https://rise.auburn.edu/project/4697 . Please feel free to share this link with others that you think might be interested in supporting this worthwhile effort. If you have questions, please contact Heather Crozier at 334-844-2791 or vannhea@auburn.edu.

 

 

 

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences hosting 2017 spring seminar series

Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is hosting a spring seminar series throughout the semester. Topics range from the use of unmanned aircraft in agriculture to genetics of wildlife populations in Idaho. Seminars are held from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served. The seminar series dates, speakers and topics are listed below.

  • Feb. 8 – David Jackhowski from Clemson University’s wildlife ecology in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Convservation will speak on “Animal reintroduction in the Anthropocene: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Decisions” in 1101 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.
  • Feb. 15 – Christian Brodbeck from Auburn University’s biosystems engineering will speak on “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Applications in Agriculture and Forestry” in 1221 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.
  • Feb. 22 – Laurene Tetard from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center will speak on “Exploring polymers and interactions in lignocellulosic-based Cellulose Nanocrystals” in 1101 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.
  • March 8 – Luciana Lucia from North Carolina State University Department of Biomaterials will speak on “Long-range Topochemical Polymerization Order Observed on Cellulose Nanocrystals” in 1101 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.
  • March 22 – Eric Kuehler from Forest Service, Southern Research Station in Athens, Georgia will speak on “How Trees and Urban Forest Systems Affect Stormwater Runoff” in 1101 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.
  • March 29 – David Steen from Auburn University’s Department of Biological Sciences will speak on “Communicating Wildlife Science Online: My Greatest Hits” in 1101 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.
  • April 5 – Dave Koons from Utah State University’s Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center will speak on “Bayesian Benefits for Wildlife Management” in 1101 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.
  • April 12 – Marty Luckert, from the University of Alberta’s forest and natural resource, economics and policy in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology will speak on “Brilliance without choices and choices without brilliance; Development and adaptation” in 1101 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.
  • April 14 – Lisette Waits from University of Idaho’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences will speak on “Genetic monitoring of wildlife populations: case studies from endangered carnivores, ungulates and lagomorphs” in 1101 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building.

For more information, contact Brian Via at bkv0003@auburn.edu.

CFEs or continuing forestry education credits are available upon request.

Graduate Student Research Open House scheduled on March 22

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will host a graduate student research open house on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The open house serves as a venue to showcase the diversity of the School’s research program while providing opportunities for graduate students to present their research and network with stakeholders and other members of the academic community.

Interested community members and alumni, as well as Auburn University administration, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the poster presentation and reception from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Conference Hall, Room 1101. For more information, please contact the School’s Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Graeme Lockaby, at lockabg@auburn.edu.

 

 

 

Kreher Preserve and Nature Center 5K Trail Run, Tot Trot, and Sunday Stroll

Come explore the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ Kreher Preserve & Nature Center’s beautiful forested trails on this carefully measured, well- marked 5K course on Sunday, March 26.

The 5K trail run starts at 2:30 p.m. and the Sunday Stroll begins at 3:00 p.m. Parents and children will start the Tot Trot course at 3:30 p.m. Race day registration begins at 1:00 p.m.

5K Awards: Top 3 male and female; 1st and 2nd in 10 year groups; 1st Master male and female. Tot Trot Awards: All finishers receive a finisher’s ribbon.

Registration fees vary and include t-shirt, snacks and door prizes. Pre-registration is $20 per runner, $15 for strollers, and $10 for tots. Race day registration is $25 per runner. Same fees apply for tots and strollers. Proceeds benefit the nature center’s operations and environmental education programs.

Register online auburn.edu/preserve. Race held at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, Al.

 

 

ForestHER workshop scheduled on March 6 and 7 in Coffee County, Alabama

What is ForestHer? This hands-on workshop will help women learn about forests and forest resource management in a relaxed, fun setting. Learn to read maps and measure and market timber and nontimber forest products, including wildlife.

When? 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, and 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 7.

Who can attend? Women who love nature and learning about the natural world. You don’t have to own a lot of land. If you have even one acre, this workshop is for you!

Where? Coffee County Extension Office, 1055 E. McKinnon Street, New Brockton, AL 36351

What is the cost? The $70 fee includes a workbook to keep; breaks, lunch, and dinner on day one; and breaks and lunch on day two. Seating is limited, so preregistration is required.

For more information:  To register by phone, contact Becky Barlow at 334-844-1019 or email rjb0003@aces.edu. To register online, go to http://www.aces.edu/go/698. A flyer is available to download and share.

 

 

ForestHER – On FIRE! to be held March 13 and 14 in Auburn

What is ForestHer – On FIRE? It is a hands-on workshop that focuses on teaching women landowners about Alabama’s historic fire regime and how it can be used as an effective land management tool. Come dressed and ready to go to the woods! Most of day one you will be indoors learning about fire behavior, safety, and management techniques. The remaining portion of the class will be spent in the woods applying what you have learned in the classroom. Weather permitting, students will see a prescribed fire.

When? 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 13, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 14.

Who can attend? Women who love nature and learning about the natural world. You don’t have to own a lot of land. If you have even one acre, this workshop is for you!

Where? Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

What is the cost? The $80 fee includes a workbook to keep; breaks, lunch, and dinner on day one; and breaks and lunch on day two. Seating is limited, so preregistration is required.

For more information:  To register by phone, contact Becky Barlow at 334-844-1019 or email rjb0003@aces.edu. To register online, go to http://www.aces.edu/go/699. A flyer is available to download and share.

 

 

Dixon Legend 5k and 10k trail run and half-marathon scheduled for March 4

Race winners gather to celebrate during the inaugural race held in 2016.

AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ will host its second annual 5K, 10K, and half-marathon race on Saturday, March 4, at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center located in Andalusia, AL.

The Dixon Legend provides a unique “off-road” opportunity to explore the diverse forests of the Dixon Center’s 5,000+ acres. The race will offer a challenge for all fitness levels as they traverse the property’s network of dirt roads and trails through upland hardwood forests, across stream bottoms, and through the rolling hills of the Center’s Longleaf Pine ecosystems.

Trail runs or off-road races have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are only a handful offered in the state and this race is one of the more scenic. “The Dixon Legend is a unique opportunity, truly one of its kind with the course set entirely on the beautiful trails and unimproved roads of the Dixon Center,” noted Robin Kelley, race organizer. “It’s truly a win-win for these racers and the Center.”

The property, which is adjacent to the Conecuh River and National Forest, was deeded by Solon and Martha Dixon to the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences 35 years ago. Today, the Dixon Center is considered one of the finest educational facilities of its type in the nation. The Center functions as a program venue and outdoor classroom for a variety of user groups, including students, practitioners, and land owners. Other groups visit the Center simply to learn about and enjoy nature.

Historically the Dixon Center has depended on timber sales, agricultural and hunting leases to supplement its operating budget. “To be fully self-sustaining, we are encouraging other groups to use the facility,” stated the Center’s Director, Joel Martin. “This race will introduce the Dixon Center to a different set of outdoor enthusiasts, and hopefully, they’ll return to host their own event.”

The race is open to runners 10 and over. Race details and online registration are available via the Dixon Center website. Registrations received prior to February 17, 2017 will receive a race T-shirt. First place finishers in each race will be awarded for male/female overall winners and specified age classes. Completion medals will be awarded for the half marathon only.

Email Joel Martin at mmarti12@auburn.edu or call 334-222-7779 for more information or to inquire about becoming a sponsor. The race will be held at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center located at 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia, Alabama 36420.

A limited number of dorm-style rooms are available for reservation at the Dixon Center. However, alternative accommodations can be found within the nearby communities of Brewton and Andalusia. Visit Explore Brewton or the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce to learn more.

The Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center is operated by the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the flagship for forestry and wildlife, and natural resources programs in Alabama and beyond. With world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, the school offers a range of academic and research programs within the areas of forestry, wildlife, natural resource management, geospatial and environmental informatics, and sustainable biomaterials and packaging.

Auburn Professor Hanqin Tian named fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Hanqin Tian, Solon and Martha Dixon Endowed Professor.

Auburn University Professor Hanqin Tian has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. The designation recognizes members for their distinguished contributions to innovation, education and scientific leadership.

Tian serves as the Solon and Martha Dixon Professor and University Alumni Professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and director of Auburn University’s International Center for Climate and Global Change Research. The AAAS fellowship recognizes Tian for his distinguished contributions to the field of global biogeochemical cycles, “particularly for pioneering work in quantifying human impact on biosphere-atmosphere exchanges of major greenhouse gases.”

Tian’s research focuses on understanding how global environmental changes affect the structure and function of Earth’s ecosystem including global biogeochemical and hydrological cycles to provide a scientific basis for solutions to major environmental challenges facing humanity and society.

Tian and his team created a complex computer model of the land biosphere, for the first time, which is capable of simulating and predicting the concurrent dynamics of three major greenhouse gases–carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide–across the earth’s land surface.

In a recent issue of the journal Nature, Tian published an analysis of the net balance of three major greenhouse gases that revealed human-induced emissions of methane and nitrous oxide from ecosystems surpass the ability of land to absorb carbon dioxide emissions, making the terrestrial biosphere a contributor to climate change. This landmark discovery has changed our understanding of how human activity contributes to global warming and is recognized by world science leaders in climate change research.

In addition to his published work in prestigious journals such as Nature and Science, Tian’s research is regularly featured on television and radio and within various media and press publications throughout the world. His research findings were also included in the Assessment Reports of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, and the National Climate Assessment.

Recognized within the AAAS’ section of Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences, Tian is among 11 fellows selected for the honor in 2016. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and gold and blue rosette pin, signifying science and engineering, on Feb. 18 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

Tian serves on multiple grant review panels, scientific and advisory committees at both national and international levels, and the editorial board of several prestigious scientific journals. He has also served in leadership capacities within the Ecological Society of America; Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate; Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and the NASA Carbon Monitoring System. Most recently he was appointed leader of Auburn University’s newly formed Cluster of Climate, Human and Earth System Sciences, consisting of over 40 faculty members from five colleges and schools.

In addition to being recognized as an Auburn Alumni Professor and Solon and Martha Dixon Endowed Professor, Tian has received many prestigious research awards from Auburn University as well as the Global Change Science Prize from the Ye Duzheng Foundation. He was also recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for his contributions to the U.S. National Climate Assessment and was awarded the 2016 Faculty Achievement Award from Southeastern Conference Universities.

“This award is a feather in Dr. Tian’s cap,” said Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. “Because of his outstanding expertise and vast experience in climate modeling, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is well poised to lead climate research at a national and global level.”

The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is a flagship for forestry and wildlife and natural resources programs in Alabama and beyond. With world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, the school offers a range of academic and research programs within the areas of forestry, wildlife, natural resource management, geospatial and environmental informatics, and sustainable biomaterials and packaging. For more information about the school, go to http://www.auburn.edu/sfws.

 

 

Auburn Deer Lab research the recent focus of the national television program, Destination Whitetail

The white-tailed deer research at the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Deer Lab was recently the highlight of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine’s national cable television program, Destination Whitetail, aired on December 21 on the Sportsman Channel.

Wildlife Professor, Stephen Ditchkoff, and his research team, showcased their efforts at the Auburn Deer Lab to better understand deer behavior, reproductive health, biology and genetics. Along with Ditchkoff, research associate, Chad Newbolt, and graduate student, Carolyn Moore, shared the Deer Lab’s goals and research techniques with viewers.

In addition to the regularly scheduled features, the Deer Lab research team also contributes monthly to Deer & Deer Hunting magazine. States Ditchkoff, “Hopefully insights from our research on white-tailed deer behavior and biology can be useful for both hunters and wildlife managers across the U.S.”

Auburn University’s Deer Lab facilitates its research at the Captive Research Facility located in Camp Hill, AL and on public and privately owned land throughout the southeastern U.S.

Founded in 1977, Deer & Deer Hunting was America’s first whitetail-only publication. The popular TV show is entering its 12th season, and airs on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET.

View the episode online at https://youtu.be/TQM0uZUwSl8 or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/deerhuntingmag.

Learn more about the Auburn University Deer Lab at http://wp.auburn.edu/deerlab/.

 

 

 

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