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Covering Their Tracks

Mike Byrne unravels the mystery of where the wild things go

Whether a creature has feathers, fur or fins, it really doesn’t matter to Mike Byrne. He just wants to know where it’s going and what it might do when it gets there. Byrne is one of the newest faculty members in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, arriving on campus in June 2017.…

Comparing Populations

Collaborators studying decisions geese make during migration

As Mitch Weegman was completing his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University, a handful of professors encouraged him to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship, a prestigious award for students to attended graduate school at the University of Oxford in England. Weegman had already received a Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduate research and decided he would throw his hat in the ring…

From Trash to Treasure

Collaboration across CAFNR looks to use nuisance fish product for humanitarian aid

Since he started promoting eating Asian carp as a way to reduce the environmental impact to Midwestern waterways from these invasive fish about four years ago, Mark Morgan has received many calls and emails from folks with suggestions of their own on reducing the population. One call caught his attention a few years back, and just this fall, all the…

One In A Million

SNR graduate honored by National Wildlife Federation

For David Calandro (B.S. ’16), it was not a complicated process to be named the National Conservation Youth Leader of the Year. “Well I got a phone call and was told, ‘Hey you got nominated for an award,’ and then I was called a couple months later and was told, ‘Hey you won the award,’” the Joplin native said, then…

Weighing the Options

National Park Service asks CAFNR professor to assemble expert opinions on wolf issue at Isle Royale

It is an issue that has picked up national attention — and so in early spring of 2016 the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) requested help from a renowned predator expert: Matt Gompper, professor in the School of Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The NPS tasked Gompper with forming a panel of experts who specialize…

The Upcoming Issue

Fisheries faculty present on climate change on Capitol Hill, at World Fisheries Congress

As drought and heat drifted into the minds of agriculture and wildlife specialists across the country, researchers at the University of Missouri traveled to Capitol Hill and South Korea to raise awareness on what can be done to protect fish from climate change in the near future. In a collaborative effort with the U.S. Geological Survey and the American Fisheries…

Looking Down the Line

CAFNR research team publishes long-term projections of massive forest region with help of climate science center

To Curt Griffin, there was only one person to call. When the Northeast Climate Science Center was forming approximately five years ago, the consortium of universities and institutions needed a member that had a specialty in landscape modeling. Griffin, who works as a professor and department head at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s department of environmental conservation, graduated with both…

A Project of Patience

CAFNR researchers team up with Dept. of Conservation to track state deer population

To everyday motorists, they might be a potential calamity on a curvy road late at night. To hunters, they might represent an opportunity for a victorious weekend morning. To certain individuals at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences and the Missouri Department of Conservation, though, white-tailed deer are the reason behind an extensive five-year undertaking to study the survival,…

In High Gear

Waterfowl researcher turns biking into way of life

It’s attention-grabbing. It’s out of the ordinary. And as Lisa Webb will tell you, the souped up “speaker bike” that normally rests in the middle of her garage is fully functional in spite of its front-heavy appearance. “Oh yeah,” says Webb. “My husband’s an engineer.” The red Trek road bike sports twin speakers, a karaoke system, an iPod station and…

A Heated Situation

CAFNR research duo helps conduct North American fish climate change workshop

They came from as far southeast as the Florida Keys and as far northwest as Fairbanks, Alaska, as a congregation normally separated by physical distance, but united by one growing concern: to find ways to help lessen the effects of climate change upon North American fish and fisheries. From June 1-5, a diverse collection of 27 fish experts (plus two remote…