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  • The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame was established in 1982 to encourage the growth and practice of a conservation ethic. The 2023 Hall of Fame induction will be held virtually April 25 afternoon. For more details about the free events, visit

    Mike Dombeck will be inducted in 2023. He is regarded as a great example of a conservationist who spent both his career and personal lives dedicated to making the natural world a better place. He had the courage of his convictions.

    Michael Dombeck led America’s two largest land management agencies: the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. He received degrees in biology and teaching from UW-Stevens Point.

  • Jen Merryman addresses Fall 2022 Convocation attendees

    Jen Merryman gave the opening speech at the Fall 2022 CALS Convocation this last December. Merryman graduated in December with a B.S. in Forestry. She is now a Graduate Research Assistant within the NREM department. Merryman was also featured in this article published by Iowa State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, wherein she talks about her academic path and life's changes. Congratulations to Jen and all of our Fall 2022 graduates!

  • Join us in the Reiman Gardens parking lot to find your 2022 tree! Proceeds support Forestry Club activities.

    Contact Jen Merryman ( with any questions.

  • Madeline Lewis Awarded Females in Fisheries Conservation Scholarship

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The sixth annual Noreen Clough Memorial Scholarships for Females in Fisheries have been awarded to Iowa State University student Madeline Lewis and Noel Schmitz, who is studying at Ohio State University. 

  • Listen: Cathy McMullen on IPR's Talk of Iowa speaks about spring ephemerals

    Ecologist Cathy McMullen talks with Charity Nebbe on Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa about wildflowers that bloom in the Iowa woodlands and the state's restoration efforts. Listen to the full audio.

  • Robert Brown and Lisa Schulte Moore Named Co-Directors of Bioeconomy Institute

    The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research announced Robert Brown and Lisa Schulte Moore will serve as co-directors of the nationally renowned Bioeconomy Institute (BEI).

    Brown, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering now serves as BEI Director of Engineering Technologies. Schulte Moore, Professor of Natural Resource Ecology, Director of the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally reGenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE) and 2021 MacArthur Fellow, is serving in the role of BEI Director of Regenerative Agriculture.

  • Iowa State research on game fish gains better picture of fish fate, escapement

    AMES, Iowa — In 2021, Iowa licensed nearly 270,000 anglers, whose pastime is estimated to represent more than $500 million annually in economic activity.  

    Michael Weber, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, studies a variety of issues that impact fisheries and success for anglers, with help from dedicated graduate students and state biologists. One component of their research seeks to better understand the factors that influence survival rates of stocked fish.

    Among the sought-after game fish that attract anglers to the state’s reservoirs and lakes are Walleye and Muskellunge. As these species do not naturally reproduce in Iowa reservoirs, their existence here depends entirely on the success of stocking.

  • Student athlete's bird's-eye view of a career in research

    When students graduate from Iowa State University and enter their careers, they are like birds taking flight. Annie Hatch, senior in animal ecology, has spread her wings in the classroom and on the volleyball court. Her work as a research assistant is pointing her in the direction of where she will fly next.

    Growing up in Mesa, Arizona, Hatch’s fascination with wildlife began when she was young – camping in the mountains, going fishing and hunting with her dad, and interacting with nature in the woods. Years later, her interests led her to Iowa State’s animal ecology program when she was being recruited to play volleyball for the university.

  • Change Agent: Adam Janke

    AMES, Iowa – Birds captured Adam Janke’s imagination years ago.

    Janke recalls how he and his brother fashioned their own makeshift trap to net dark-eyed juncos, a species of small gray sparrow, that visited their mother’s feeder during their childhood in northwestern Indiana. The young brothers built a contraption that resembles a bownet trap, a common device used to safely snare various species of birds.

  • Change Agent: Lisa Schulte Moore

    AMES, Iowa – It looks like the risks are paying off.

    Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, has made some unorthodox decisions in pursuit of her vision of agricultural systems that meet the demands of a growing global population while protecting the environment. She’s reached far outside the confines of her discipline to bring new perspectives to long-term problems. She’s led grant applications where all of the funding supported research outside her lab, and she’s taken it upon herself to spend a lot of time on outreach, far beyond the expectations of her appointment.

  • Service-learning on campus and beyond

    Finding ways to grow local fruits and vegetables sustainably. Teaching children about agriculture, culinary science, natural resources and more. Learning to collect data to determine animal population numbers in certain locations. These are just a few examples of the many service-learning opportunities in which Iowa State University students take part at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ three satellite campuses. The activities allow students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world situations, all while helping others.

  • Sharing Nature's Inspiring Classroom

    Sixteen miles down a gravel road, surrounded by state and federal lands, in a place where one can hike for five days and not see any roads lies the perfect location for students to gain hands-on learning in the areas of forestry, fisheries and wildlife. And it’s the quintessential spot for outdoors-loving faculty.

    Jennifer Schieltz, assistant teaching professor, joined the faculty in Iowa State’s natural resource ecology and management department in March 2017. She was hired to be the camp director of the Rod and Connie French Conservation Education Camp, otherwise known as the Montana Camp, located approximately 50 miles west of Missoula, Montana. Schieltz spends her fall and spring semesters teaching courses on Iowa State’s campus in Ames, Iowa, and her summers instructing students at the Montana Camp.

  • ISU Animal Ecology alum Corey Lange, now working as a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Land Management, was featured in a recent episode of PBS documentary series Outdoor Nevada. In the clip starting at 18:10, Corey talks with series host John Burke about his work in the Big Dune Recreation Area in Nevada and the unique mating season of the local scarab beetle population.

  • ISU Animal Ecology alum Corey Lange, now working as a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Land Management, was featured in a recent episode of PBS documentary series Outdoor Nevada. In the clip starting at 18:10, Corey talks with series host John Burke about his work in the Big Dune Recreation Area in Nevada and the unique mating season of the local scarab beetle population.

  • Iowa State’s Schulte Moore named 2021 MacArthur Fellow

    AMES, Iowa – Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, has been named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow. The prestigious awards, sometimes called “genius grants,” identify scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and others who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and who show promise for important future advances.

    Schulte Moore is the first ISU faculty member to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. She's conducted groundbreaking research as a landscape ecologist working closely with farmers to build more sustainable and resilient agricultural systems.

  • Coady Lundy is the Young Alum of the Month - June 2021

    Coady Lundy (’15 animal ecology), wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist. In his role, Lundy specifically serves as the lead wildlife biologist for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (SJAFB) in Goldsboro, North Carolina, overseeing all Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard mitigation efforts to reduce the risk of bird-aircraft collisions.

  • MBDH Learning Innovation Fellows program created

    Dr. Ann Russell is part of the leadership in the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub Learning Innovation Fellows program, housed at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. This program enables teams to form for work toward better understanding of the intersections of the Hub’s “Cyberinfrastructure and Data Sharing” and “Data Science Education and Workforce Development” themes.

  • Building Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

    As fall 2020 approaches, the following plans and guidelines are available for Science II:

    Science II Guidelines

  • Students in this Spring semester's course "Conserving Biodiversity in Urban Regions" took a close at conservation efforts in Polk County.

    What they found has been compiled into a comprehensive, interactive presentation within Prezi, covering sites managed by the Polk County Conservation Board, Parks departments in the Des Moines and West Des Moines, and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.

    Click here to view their presentation, titled "Where the Wild Things Could Be".

  • Based on recent recommendations from both the CDC and Governor Reynolds, the decision has been made to cancel this year’s NREM Recognition Banquet. It is unfortunate that we will not be able to honor our students for their achievements but we also want to ensure our NREM and Iowa State community remains safe. I will try to come up with an alternative way of recognizing our scholarship and award recipients. If you have any suggestions, I would very much appreciate receiving them.


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