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  • The HATCH project just published a paper on state natural resource agency administrators vs. agriculture experiment directors perspectives on natural resource management. Michael Weber, Assistant Professor is a member of the multi-state HATCH project.

    View this video from the HATCH project, and read the associated paper.

  • Pictured are NREM graduate students taking part in the Story County Clean Up.

  • The 2019 Edition of NREM Field Notes is now available!

    Read about graduate student's experiences, meet new faces to the program, and find out what recent graduates are up to. Research projects articles and photo contest entries are also highlighted.

    View the PDF

  • NREM students participated in chainsaw and wildland fire safety training at Hickory Grove Park.

    Safety and Woods Worker (SAWW) training was held on March 23-24. Students at the training assisted in the removal of declining ash trees from Hickory Grove Park new Colo, IA. They learned a lot about handling a saw and helped out Story County in the process.

  • Paul Harland Wray, 73, passed away on February 20, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at Reiman Gardens in Ames.

  • John Meadows of Jacksonville Beach, FL passed away December 24, 2018 following a battle with Parkinson’s disease.  On completing his Ph.D. at Duke University in forestry economics, he was on the ISU Department of Forestry faculty 1968 – 1973.  During his time at Iowa State his son, Paul Meadows was born. The Meadows lived in Iowa while John was a professor at the Iowa State University and it was a joyous time. So far from home, with young children and living in a cold climate, friends became family for John and Leeanne and he began to hone his skills as a teacher and mentor. John also relished leaving in the early morning hours and frigid mid-western temperatures with his much-loved Cocker Spaniel, Iris to hunt for pheasant and duck.

  • We are happy to announce a new opportunity, the James Furnish Scholarship in Forestry has been established at the ISU Foundation to provide scholarships for junior and senior students in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Supplementary funding provided by Dr. Furnish will allow scholarships to be awarded beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. We are so fortunate to have such generous and supportive alumni.

  • The renovation of rooms in Science II that combines rooms 220, 224 and 228 is expected to be completed in April.

    These three rooms are being combined to create a space that could be used for teaching larger class sizes, workshops and training sessions, and student presentations, and seminars.

  • ISU wildlife ecologist looks at the future of chronic wasting disease in Iowa deer

    AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State University wildlife ecologist said the confirmation of chronic wasting disease in a deer in a new Iowa county this year, and additional cases in counties where the disease has already been found, indicates the likelihood of more cases of the disease in the years ahead.

  • Sketchnoting pushes students to learn, retain information differently – particularly in STEM

    AMES, Iowa – A different way of studying is spreading around Iowa State University.

    Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, assistant professor of industrial design, is teaching students sketchnoting to research how this style of note-taking affects learning, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Sketchnoting is an alternative to traditional note-taking, a process of adding visuals to notes in order to cement what students learned and push them to think about the material in a new way.

  • Paul Wray passed away in the early afternoon hours of February 20.

  • In recognition of his work with the NREM Learning Community, the Dean's office in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has awarded a $500 Professional Development Grant to John Burnett. 

    This award was issued in recognition of John's outstanding commitment to the NREM Learning Community, and the crucial importance that these learning communities have in helping students complete a successful transition to college life. 

  • Kelsey Fisher has been awarded a 2019-2020 Brown Graduate Fellowship. Her outstanding credentials have positioned her as one of twelve outstanding students from across the university receiving this $10,000 award. The Brown Graduate Fellowship Program encourages research at Iowa State in the areas of study including science, agriculture, and space science.

  • The Iowa State University Chapter of the American Fisheries Society has been awarded the 2018 "Most Active Student Subunit" award.

    This award is given to the North Central Division student subunit that has carried out the most active program in developing interest among undergraduate and graduate students in fisheries science and fulfilled the mission of the American Fisheries Society. This year, ISU's student subunit showed clear commitment to encouraging their members to be active contributors to the Society.

    Representatives of the student subunit were presented with the award on January 28th, 2019 during the Plenary Session of the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.

  • Four new ISUEO Extension publications were announced recently all authored by Adam Janke, Wildlife Extension Specialist.  These publications provide a simple guide including materials needed and step by step instructions for construction.  The new Woodworking for Wildlife include instructions for Bat Box (WL 0009), Blue Bird Box (WL0010), Aldo Leopold Bench (WL0011), and Wood Duck Box (WL0012).  Great publications for all those woodworkers out there!

  • Animal Ecology Intern: "Even the littlest of changes can make a huge difference."

    Melanie Aust (left) is an undergraduate research assistant with the ISU monarch butterfly research team. Aust, a native of Glenwood, Iowa, is a senior in animal ecology and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Environmental Science Club, and Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Club. She has worked with the monarch team in the field and in the lab since 2018.

    Read the full article

  • Prairie strips transform farmland conservation

    Modern agriculture’s large monoculture fields grow a lot of corn and soybeans, planted annually. The outputs from row crops can be measured both in dollars paid in the market and also in non-market costs, known as externalities. Soil, nutrients, groundwater, pollinators, wildlife diversity, and habitat (among other things) can be lost when crop yields are maximized.

    Prairie strips are composed of a diverse plant community and can be designed to provide an abundance of flowers blooming from early spring through late fall. This is crucial to conserving pollinators and other beneficial insects.

    Now it appears that prairie strips have an extraordinary power to change this pattern. 

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