Summer and Fall 2015 Advising and Registration

 

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Academic Advising Schedule:

 

Advising Dates: Monday, February 9, 2015 thru Friday, April 17, 2015

 

Freshman & Sophomores > 2.50 and above GPA and all Juniors and Seniors:

 

You will be advised by SFWS Faculty Advisors.

To find your Faculty Advisor please look at your Auburn

DegreeWorks in your TIGER I and email them for an appointment.

 

http://www.auburn.edu/administration/degree_works/

 

Freshman and Sophomores 2.0 > 2.49 GPA :

 

Advised by SFWS Student Services Office by appointment only.

To schedule your appointment send an email to:

SFWSSSO@auburn.edu or hollalp@auburn.edu

 

All SFWS Students < 2.0 GPA :

 

Referred to the Academic Counseling and Advising Center (ACAC).

Follow the link below to get started:

 

http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/undergrad_studies/acac/advising.html

 

 

Class Registration Opens March 6th!

 

Auburn professor warns of possible widespread water scarcity by the end of 21st century

Pan-ET-map

 

 

In a recent paper led by Dr. Susan (Shufen) Pan, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s International Center for Climate and Global Change Research, findings about evapotranspiration (ET) imply that more than half of the global land area could experience water scarcity by the end of 21st century. The research warns that in two climate change scenarios, global warming would result in large increase of surface evapotranspiration at the end of the 21st century, a measure of the amount of water lost from the land surface. The team also found that the ratio of evapotranspiration to precipitation would greatly increase across the global land area. In particular, regions like Africa would face the largest increase in evapotranspiration, a problem compounded in this area, for example, where at least 44% of the population does not currently have access to clean, reliable water supplies. From both scientific and policy perspectives, it is of critical importance to preparing for water scarcity in the 21st century as well as minimizing potential climate change impacts through alleviating greenhouse gases emissions.

To read more, please link the following websites:

https://plus.google.com/114334262701794909951/posts

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1002/2014EF000263/

https://www.facebook.com/earthsfuture

Pan-ET-map

Alabama Forest Owners Association 2015 Award

The Alabama Forest Owners’ Association presents an annual award to an Auburn student who is majoring in forestry and who has an interest in learning about consulting forestry in general, as well as the potential of consulting forestry as a career. For 2015 we will have 2 awards: First place award $1500 & Second place award $1000.

Application Deadline is February 15th, 2015.

View/Download application.

 

Summer Practicum Application Now Open

Attention Forestry and Wildlife Students!

 

The summer 2015 Practicum Application is now open!

 

Click on the link below to complete the application.

 

https://auburn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_739TcUdTiqFeox7

 

All students who plan to attend Summer Practicum – this summer 2015 must complete the application.

 

How do I know if I qualify?       How do I know when to apply?

 

Forestry Program:

 

Forestry students typically attend practicum between their sophomore and junior years, and must have completed the following prerequisite courses by the end of spring 2015 term:

 

English 1100 and 1120 (English Composition I and II)

Biology 1020 and 1130 (Principles of Biology and Organismal Biology)

Math 1130 (or above)

Statistics 2510

2.0 GPA or above

 

Wildlife Program:

 

Wildlife students typically attend practicum between their junior and senior years, and must have completed the following prerequisite courses by the end of spring 2015 term:

 

WILD 3280

BIOL 3060

WILD 5400

WILD 3750

At least one of the Taxon-specific elective courses.

2.0 GPA or above

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Important things to keep in mind: Please read carefully!

 

You will be notified by email in late February/early March if you are accepted.

 

Mark Your Calendar! The summer 2015 Practicum Orientation will be at 5pm on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Room 2217. Attendance is mandatory.

 

Summer Practicum will require financial planning on your part.

 

You will be required to pay for room and board fees, which include your meals. Forestry students will also need to purchase forestry supplies. Payment will be due April 6th at the orientation. More information will be sent to accepted applicants in the coming weeks.

 

You will register for eight credit hours for summer 2015 and be responsible for the tuition.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Services at sfwssso@auburn.edu

 

Good Luck!

 

All the Best,

Dr. Jodie Kenney

 

 

 

 

Pan confirms new threshold for climate change mitigation

  To curb the rate of climate change and maintain ecosystem services, the increase in surface air temperature must remain below 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a recently published paper led by Shufen (Susan) Pan, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s International Center for Climate and Global Change Research and School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

 

Along with colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the AU team (Susan Pan, Hanqin Tian, Shree Dangal, Jia Yang, Bo Tao, Chaoqun Lu, Wei Ren, etc) found that global Net Primary Productivity, which measures the ability of terrestrial systems to satisfy human demand for food, fiber, wood, and bio-fuels, would level off and begin to decline at any increase above 1.5 degrees. This is a significant finding that supports the Copenhagen Accord and has the possibility to inform global policy on climate adaptation in the future.

 

Previously, world experts agreed in 2009 on a goal to reduce emissions enough to keep surface air temperature changes under 2 degrees C, a benchmark supported by G-8 leaders. However, the Copenhagen Accord, which called for the US and 185 other nations to commit to various mitigation and adaptation strategies, suggested for the first time that this 2-degree goal would not be sufficient. When the Copenhagen Accord was accepted, it included provision for a review in 2015 of the need to potentially aim for this 1.5 degrees C threshold. The paper is available online at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0112810.

Original Oaks Descendants to be Planted in Samford Park

 

Auburn University has announced Phase II of the plan to renovate Samford Park, which calls for 30 live oak trees, grown from acorns taken from the iconic Auburn Oaks 12 years ago and now 15 feet tall, to be planted along a new brick walkway that will connect Samford Hall to Toomer’s Corner.

 

The oaks were collected by School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences students under the director of professor Scott Enebak, as part of the Auburn Oaks seedling project that established a scholarship fund for students in the school.

 

“In 2002 we collected acorns for our seedlings program, and the first fifty were planted to start this orchard, with the idea that if anything happened to the trees, there would be progeny to replace them,” Enebak said. “Obviously we had no idea there would be a need so soon.”

 

A total of 42 of the Oaks descendants are thriving in in Auburn forest property. They have been fertilized, pruned, and otherwise stewarded for eventual transplantation, thanks to Enebak’s foresight.

 

According to Dan King, assistant vice president for Facilities Management in this week’s release, this plan was selected to honor the tradition of the original oaks while improving aesthetics and the pedestrian experience.

 

Two large live oaks will be installed on the corner in 2015, and the Auburn Oaks descendants will be transplanted in 2016.

To read the official release from Auburn University, click here.

 

 

Archmiller wins Best Poster Award

 

Forestry graduate student Althea Archmiller won the Best Poster Award for Division 8 (Forest Environment) at the 24th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. Her poster was titled \”Temporal and spatial variability of soil  carbon flux in longleaf pine forests in the southeastern United States,\” and was selected for quality of research design, presentation of data, organization and neatness of the poster.

 

 

Forestry and Wildlife professors awarded grant to study wild pigs

 

Faculty members Stephen Ditchkoff, Mark Smith, Todd Steury, Robert Gitzen, Graeme Lockaby, and Edward Loewenstein in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences received a $861,833 grant from the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR-WFF) to study to the impacts and control of wild pigs in Alabama.

 

Wild pig population have spread dramatically across the state in the past 20 years and now cause well over $50 million per year in damage to Alabama agriculture as well as untold millions in damage to natural ecosystems and native wildlife.  This 5-year study will occur at the ADCNR’s Lowndes County Wildlife Management Area just west of Montgomery where researcher will use GPS transmitter collars to monitor the movements, habitat use, and survival of wild pigs on the area.

 

In conjunction with data on wild pigs, researchers will also examine their impacts on water quality, regeneration of hardwood trees, and other wildlife such as squirrels before and after wild pigs are systematically removed from an 8,000 acre portion of the management area.   The project builds upon previous research to further develop and refine best management practices (BMPs) for controlling wild pig populations.

Transferring the Forest to the Next Generation

    

 When planning for the transfer of the family forest to the next generation estate taxes used to be the primary consideration. Now that the applicable exclusion amount has been increased to $5,000,000 indexed for inflation ($5,340,000 for 2014) it does not have an impact on most landowners.

The current problem is keeping the property together as a working forest. If parents leave the land to their children in equal shares they have created an undivided ownership in the entire property without appointing a manager. If the children cannot agree on a management strategy one of the children may sue for partition. If they physically divide the property the shares become smaller to the point of being uneconomical to manage. A solution is to leave the property in a business entity or trust.

Dr. Robert Tufts, an attorney and Associate Professor in the School is presenting workshops on using business entities and trusts to hold land. He compares the type of business entities and trusts available and the benefits and disadvantages of each to help participants chose the best entity for their situation. His next workshop is in Florence on October 20th and Moulton on October 21st. If you are interested in having a workshop in your area contact Dr. Tufts or your local extension agent to organize a meeting. Dr. Tufts contact information is phone (334) 844-1011 or e-mail at tuftsra@auburn.edu.

Samuelson Awarded Grant for Longleaf Pine Carbon Sequestration Research

 

 

Lisa Samuelson, Dwain G. Luce and Alumni Professor and Director of the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems, was awarded $206,000 from the Department of Defense\’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) to add additional longleaf pine carbon sequestration work at Eglin Air Force Base to an existing grant. This brings the funding amount for the 5 year project to a total of $1.9 million. The new funds will be used to collect additional data at Eglin Air Force base in Florida to validate the models.

 

The project is collecting extensive field data to develop ecological forestry and carbon management models for longleaf pine ecosystems. Carbon management models are being built on longleaf pine forests studied at Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Polk in Louisiana and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

 

For more information on the project or the Center for Longleaf Pine Ecosystems, visit their website: http://clpe.auburn.edu/

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