News

Graduate students, Emily Babl and Brian Izbicki, and Dr. Alexander were recently inducted into the Alpha Theta Chapter of Xi Sigma Pi, The Forestry Honor Society. We look forward to seeing Emily and Brian defend their master's theses this summer!

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Graduate student Emily Babl received the 2018 Department of Forestry Moehring Award for excellence in scholarship, research, and services. Congrats, Emily!


Dr. Alexander and Jennifer McDaniel join host Dr. Burger for Renew, the show about Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources


We Successfully Conducted Our Spring Prescribed Fire at Spirit Hill Farm

Over Spring Break, the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab worked with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Dr. Lashley in the MSU WFA Department to conduct spring burns in our large-scale experiment evaluating burn season and deer herbivory impacts on upland oak forest dynamics at Spirit Hill Farm.

Spring Burn

Dr. Alexander Awarded CFR 2017 Research Award and Early Career Achievement Award

At the Annual Awards Banquet on November 9, the College of Forest Resources awarded Dr. Alexander the 2017 Research Award for her outstanding contributions, dedication, and performance and the 2017 Early Career Achievement Award for outstanding performance.


Rewilding megafauna in the Siberian Arctic to mitigate climate-Guest Lecture

The Department of Forestry and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture will co-host visiting speaker, Nikita Zimov, Director of Pleistocene Park, on December 8th in Thompson Hall’s Tully Auditorium from 2pm-3pm. This seminar describes Nikita’s work rewilding mega-herbivores in the Siberian Arctic to mitigate climate change and is open to the public.

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Lab Attends Oak Symposium in Knoxville, TN

Members of the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab presented research at the Sustaining Oak Forests in the 21st Century through Science-based Management Symposium in Knoxville, TN on October 24-26. Research posters were presented by CFR Undergraduate Research Scholar, Evie Von Boeckman and Graduate Students, Brian Izbicki and Emily Babl.

Oak Symposium

Several members of the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab spent 4 weeks this summer at the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, Russia. The team measured carbon pools across stands that burned at different severity 75 years ago, quantified cone and seed production of larch trees as function of stand density and age, and assessed larch tree recruitment following fire.

Small Screw

Graduate students Eric Borth (University of Dayton), Brian Izbicki (Miss State), and Emily Babl (Miss State) measuring larch recruitment in a recently burned stand. Credit: Heather Alexander

Crew Orbita

The team just before leaving the station. Left to right: Brian Izbicki (Miss State), Emily Babl (Miss State), Homero Pena (Miss State), Eric Borth (University of Dayton), and Heather Alexander (Miss State)