The School of Forest Resources and
Conservation is facing difficult eco-
nomic challenges as are many orga-
nizations statewide, nationally and
g globally. Last year, UF/IFAS and the
SFRC experienced two permanent
budget reductions in state general
revenue totaling approximately 10%
and we are expecting more perma-
nent cuts this year. These budget cuts have been and will be difficult to
administer and could impact the ability of the SFRC to deliver the wide
range of programs in teaching, research and Extension.
While there are short term challenges, there are many reasons to be
positive about both the present and future programs of the SFRC. As
examples of recent and current happenings: (1) The merger with Fish-
eries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS) is complete and faculty in FAS, as well
as Geomatics and Forest Resources and Conservation, are building and
sustaining excellent programs; (2) The undergraduate majors in both
Geomatics and Forest Resources and Conservation have been com-
pletely revised to ensure that we are educating students that are both
ready to go to work upon graduation and also prepared to embrace
the inevitable changes throughout their careers; (3) The undergradu-
ate major in Natural Resource Conservation is currently being revised
(see first column on page 2 of this newsletter); (4) We are putting the
finishing touches on a non-thesis MS degree designed to make it easier
for place-bound, working professionals in natural resources to obtain
a Master's degree; (5) With the most graduate students of any unit in
IFAS, approximately 150, the SFRC continues to educate scientists and
professors of tomorrow; (6) SFRC faculty continue to build excellent re-
search programs that both address the needs of our stakeholders and
also achieve outstanding metrics (e.g. external funding and numbers of
publications) (see the article below and column two on the next page
for examples of new collaborative research efforts); and (7) SFRC Exten-
sion programs continue to grow in scope and we have recently stream-
lined our electronic publication process to ensure that the information
is getting into the hands of those who need it as quickly as possible.
With regard to the latter, please type the following URL into your fa-
vorite browser and query the IFAS electronic database for any topic of
interest to you:http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/index.jsp
The future is bright for the SFRC with many of our programs being
aligned to address the most pressing local, national and global needs
such as: climate change; energy independence; creation of local jobs;
support of rural economies and landscapes; sustainability and health of
natural resources; and development of scientific and technological ad-
vances. Thus, we believe that the SFRC will emerge from these challeng-
ing times ready to continue to build new programs in teaching, research
and Extension that directly enhance the lives of students and stakehold-
ers, while fostering the sustainable development and conservation of
forests, fisheries and aquatic natural resources in Florida.
G- b Cli t Change cand agricultural technologies to reduce the rise in atmospheric CO2 con-
& the SFRC More than 40 scientists from 10 departments at the University of
Global carbon dioxide (C02) concentration has increased over Florida form the integrated science team of the
30% since the world began using fossil fuels, resulting Carbon Resources Science Center to: (1) Develop
in the largest human-caused alteration of atmospheric optimum forest management regimes for seques-
chemistry in history. National governments worldwide B terine carbon in the southeastern United States
are committed to mitigating rising atmospheric CO2 -- (e.e. rotation length, thinning, prescribed fire);
through programs such as cap-and-trade, designed (2) Discover technologies for decreasing carbon
to reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions, and enhance bio- emissions from agricultural production systems
logical uptake and storage of CO2 by natural and man- in the region (e.g., conservation tillage, manure
aged ecosystems. Forest ecosystems will be critical biogas production, pasture management); (3)
to these carbon offset programs; for example, annual Advance agricultural and forest management
uptake and storage of CO2 by forests already offsets 11 systems to produce carbon-neutral biofuels to
to 16% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and greater substitute for fossil fuels; (4) Create efficient
potential for more carbon mitigation exists. Agricultural methodologies for cost effective implementation
production systems are currently a net CO2 source in the of cap-and-trade systems; and (5) Conduct life-cycle
United States, but existing and emerging technologies analyses with full-cost accounting of alternative poli-
can be applied to greatly reduce the carbon footprint of CUr erI 'eeor,: eting OriJ U e cies, incentives and management regimes for biofuels,
our food and fiber production systems. The Carbon Re- at the SFRCs Austin Cary Me- carbon offset systems and cap-and trade programs.
moral Forest to assess forested
sources Science Center (http://carboncenter.ifas.ufl.edu) ral Forest to assessforested The signature approach of CRSC will be the use of inte-
ecosystems effect on CO2 levels.
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The SFRC has approximately 140 undergrad-
uates studying one of three majors: Forest
Resources & Conservation, Geomatics, or
Natural Resource Conservation. The SFRC
has approximately 150 graduate students
pursuing masters and doctoral degrees.
The Natural Resource Conservation (NRC)
major has thrived since its origin in the
1970's. The degree has served over 1000
graduates who now have successful, varied
careers. Students have the unique oppor-
tunity to flexibly tailor the degree to their
particular interests under expert faculty
The landscape of natural resources and
conservation is changing at the University
of Florida and across the state and nation.
Natural resource challenges are diversify-
ing as growing human populations have an
increasing impact at local and global scales.
The basic elements of our toolbox have also
expanded with the advent of new technolo-
gies such as Geographic Information Systems
(GIS). In addition, the demographics of NRC
students have changed as the degree is now
available off-campus at the West Florida
and Gulf Coast Research and Education Cen-
ters. The recent merger of the Department
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of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences with the
SFRC provides the opportunity to grow in
the area of water resources.
In response to these changes, Director
Tim White (SFRC) and Chair John Hayes
(Wildlife Ecology and Conservation-WEC)
appointed a committee of nine faculty from
both units to examine the NRC degree. The
team has discussed who is served by the
NRC major, what careers NRC majors pur-
sue, and guiding principles as we revise the
NRC curriculum. This process is on-going
but should conclude in the next six months.
We welcome your thoughts on the topic.
Shirley Baker, SFRC (email@example.com) and
Debbie Miller, WEC (dlmi(ufl.edu).
Fulfilling Our Mission...
The SFRC has more than 50faculty who are
awarded approximately $8 million annually
in external grants and contracts to conduct
problem-solving research in geomatics, fish-
eries and aquatic sciences, and forest re-
sources and conservation.
Breeding Method for Puffer Fish
SFRC researchers Craig Watson, AmyWood
and Scott Graves at UF's Tropical Aquacul-
ture Laboratory in Ruskin have created the
first commercial breeding method for spot-
ted green puffer fish that could benefit the
tropical fish industry and genetics research.
Up until now the fish could only be collected
from the wild; as a result supplies were often
times limited and the fish could not be stud-
ied by geneticists because only juveniles and
adults were available.
The spotted green puffer fish has the small-
est genome of any vertebrate that has been
mapped and could open doors for geneti-
cists. The new breeding method could allow
researchers to study the fish for several gen-
erations looking at inherited traits. Research-
ers could also introduce a reporter gene into
a specific gene sequence in a developing fish
and track when it appears in development;
this will indicate to researchers the function
of the specific gene sequence.
The method for breeding is known as ovar-
ian lavage and is an updated version of an
older breeding method used to breed com-
mercially viable fish that would not breed
in captivity. This method uses a chemical
that is injected into the female that stimu-
lates egg development. The eggs are then
removed and fertilized. After several tests
the researchers were able to reach nearly
a 100 percent success rate in fertilization
and hatching. The demand for the fish is un-
known at this point; but one thing is certain,
there never has been a large enough supply.
The SFRC has 15 Extension Specialists
throughout the state who implement a di-
versity of programs aimed to help stakehold-
ers and policy makers better understand how
to manage and conserve natural resources.
You can search the following database for
topics of interest to you: http://edis.ifas.ufl.
Since summer 2008 the SFRC has offered
an online Certificate in Geomatics. Headed
by David Gibson, this selective curriculum is
geared towards working professionals desir-
ing to further their knowledge of the field of
Geomatics, which includes: boundary sur-
veying, mapping, GIS, photogrammetry, and
other methods of land-related measure-
ment and analysis. This certificate has the
flexibility to be offered not only to Florida
students, but also nationally and even inter-
nationally. Numerous students have already
taken advantage of this exceptional distance
education opportunity. The Certificate is of-
fered through UF's Division of Continuing
Education and requires the completion of 15
online course credit hours. For more infor-
mation visit http://geomatics.dce.ufl.edu/.
Online Prescribed Fire Training
Leda Kobziar and Alan Long have part-
nered with the Prescribed Fire Training Cen-
ter in Tallahassee to offer a course to work-
ing professionals about the impacts and use
of prescribed fire in the South. Fire manage-
ment professionals from around the country
are gaining hands-on experience while com-
pleting online coursework available through
the SFRC for college credit. This course is the
first in a new program being offered through
the SFRC geared towards federal employees
in the Interagency Fire Program who are
required to have a bachelors' degree or to
obtain 24 credit hours from a university to
maintain current positions. These manag-
ers deal with increasingly complex resource
problems and will benefit greatly from the
additional training in natural resource policy
and management. The SFRC program is one
of the first in the nation working to offer the
needed coursework to these federal employ-
ees. So far, 12 students have completed the
Spring 2009 Scholarships
and Awards Recipients
Spring 2009 Undergraduate Scholarships:
> Geomatics Initiative Scholarship: Kenneth Bryant, Katie Correll, Chad Plant, William
Pyle, Phillip Smith, Andrew Smith, Ryan Weaver, Kent Willingham, David Lechner, Wil-
liam Dueease and Sarah Smith
> Florida Surveying and Mapping Scholarship: Kimberly Atchison, Charles Baxley, Michael
Larson, Tyler Tracz, Matthew Barksdale, Jonathan Flowers, Nick Klimas and Jacob
> Leigh A. Walker Memorial Scholarship: Justin Phillips
> Louis F. Conde Memorial Scholarship: Chelsea Heatherington
> William James Menear, Jr. Scholarship: Benjamin Gifford
> Newins-Ziegler Scholarship: Elizabeth Ramirez
> Forest Landowners Foundation Scholarship: Derek Blackmon
> James H. & Joh-Nana Lybass Scholarship: Mary Hudson, Joshua Havird and Leland Taylor
> J.B. Adkins Memorial Scholarship: Dana Baucon, Lara Colley, Shannon McGee, Sparkle
Malone, Allen Milligan and Eli Bacheldor
Miriam Wyman and Dana Baucom were selected as the Outstanding Teaching Assistants of
the year by the seniors and juniors respectively.
The SAF Rising Senior Scholarship was awarded to Mary McKenzie. The SAF Graduating Se-
nior Award went to Dana Baucom.
Lara Colley was awarded the 2009 Xi Sigma Pi Regional Scholarship.
Faculty and Staff
Matias Kirst received the Richard
Jones Outstanding New Faculty
Research Award from IFAS.
Eric Jokela received the Award of
Excellence in Research at the South-
eastern Society of American Forest-
ers Annual Meeting.
Cortney Ohs (center) was
awarded an IFAS Superior Ac-
complshment Award for his work
as an Assistant Professor at the
Indian River Research & Education
Congratulations to Jenny Seitz and Larry
Korhnak (left) for being recognized as the
Outstanding SFRC Staff Members of the year.
Anoreciation for our Sunnorters
Without the support of friends we could not maintain our level of academic excellence.
Thank you to the following for their contribution to the School's Unrestricted Fund: Timothy La
Belle ('77), Roger ('61) & Janie Bollinger, Kevin & Susan ('82) Kett, Janet ('74) & Lowell Hinchee,
William MacKay ('57), Philip Moses & Company, Inc., Norma Horan, William Bennett ('54), Till
& Kathleen Lybass, Bill Harrell ('00), Paul ('67) & Carole Mott, Mark ('74) & Anne Miller, Donna
Legare ('75), and Joseph Walthall ('76).
Thank you to Paul Zajicek for his support of the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin. Thank
you to Wayne Smith & Mitzi Austin for their support of the Wayne Smith Student Leadership Fund
and the John Gray Endowment for Excellence in Forest Resources and Conservation. Thank you
to Jim & Joh-Nana Lybass for their support of the 2009 James H. & Joh-Nana Lybass Scholarships.
Thank you to Patrick Thomas and Anheuser-Busch, Inc., for their support of Tom Frazer's research.
Thank you to the Florida Forestry Association's Sustainable Forestry Initiative for their support of
Project Learning Tree.
SFRC Outstanding Students of the Year
Geomatics: Katie Correll
Forest Resources &
Fisheries & Aquatic
Master's of Science:
Advisor: Debra Murie
Ph.D.: Jenney Lazzarino
Advisor: Dan Canfield
Outstanding Master's Thesis: Brianna Miles
Advisor: Gary Peter
Eric Jokela and Alan Long were selected as the Outstanding
Teachers of the Year by the juniors and seniors respectively.
Marie Meldrum was awarded an
I/ IFAS Superior Accomplishment
Award for her excellent work as a
Willie Wood was recognized as the SFRC Support-
ing Staff Member of the Year by the students.
Don Rockwood retired from the
School in February 2009 after 35
years of service (although he can
still be found working in his of-
fice) and has been awarded the
title of Emeritus Professor.
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scholarships and travel to conferences,
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up-to-date, as well as many other uses.
Send gifts directly to:
School of Forest Resources & Conservation
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
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Forest Stewardship Workshop/Hike: Tree/Plant Identification for Landowners
May 19, 2009; 9:00 am 3:00 pm, Eastern Time;
Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641
Join Alan Long for a plant identification review! This program will focus mostly on sandhill and flatwoods species,
identifying live specimens in the field. We will also learn about how some of these plants are used by wildlife and/
or the role they play within the larger plant community and habitat.
This will be a walking event so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Ticks will be plentiful so long pants
and sleeves are strongly suggested. A hat and sunscreen are always a good idea too. A water cooler is on site bring
a water bottle if you wish to take water to the field. Tick repellent will be available, but if you prefer a particular brand bring it.
This program is free but pre-registration is required. Contact Anandi Banerjee at (352) 846-2374 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Lunch
will be provided but BYO coffee if you need it. Attendance will be limited so please register soon!
Geomatics Alumni Reception at the 2009 Florida Surveying and Mapping Society Annual Conference
Conference Dates: August 19 23, Reception Time TBA
Want to catch up with a few friends from school? Please join us for a our alumni gathering for food and updates from the program.
SFRC Alumni Reception at the Society of American Foresters National Convention
October 1, 2009; 7:00 pm 9:00 pm, Eastern Time
Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida
This year the SAF National Convention is being held in our own back yard. Please join your fellow alumni, faculty, and staff from the School for an
evening of food, friends and updates from the School. More information coming soon.