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After Hours: In Harmony

Hank Stelzer is member of Columbia-based barbershop chorus

Last Saturday, a man who had been singing for less than a year took the stage before a packed ballroom in Jefferson City and performed songs for the crowd in a straw hat, bowtie, and suspenders. That man is state forestry extension specialist for the School of Natural Resources at Mizzou, Hank Stelzer, who has recently become a part of…

Tracking the Trends

Thomas Bonnot's research focuses on the conservation of wildlife populations amidst landscape and climate changes

Thomas Bonnot’s love for science and the outdoors brought him to the University of Missouri in 1999 as a student. Three Mizzou degrees later and Bonnot is an assistant research professor in the School of Natural Resources. Bonnot earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fisheries and wildlife sciences. After a stint with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Bonnot…

Mapping Mizzou

CAFNR student creates live sustainability map of Mizzou 

Tucked away in various spots on Mizzou’s campus are 21 sustainability initiatives. Environmental sciences senior Erin Votaw is no stranger to these initiatives and their locations on campus. Votaw created an interactive map that allows users to tour Mizzou’s campus and learn about the environmental facilities and services MU offers. Her map is now featured prominently on the University of…

Promoting Missouri

CAFNR student works on the "Buy Missouri" Initiative 

Little did Mitchell Moon know that a conversation at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Convention with then-Lt. Gov. Mike Parson would land him a position working for Parson two days later. Moon, a parks, recreation and tourism junior, was attending the conference as the Missouri 4-H State President when he told Parson, now Missouri Governor, about his love for Missouri and his…

Diving Deeper into Data

Christine Spinka serves as the consulting statistician for the entirety of CAFNR

Years of research leads to mountains of data. Wading through that data, organizing and making sense of it, can be an intimidating task. It’s a task that Christine Spinka is happy help with. Spinka serves as the consulting statistician for the entire University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This is Spinka’s second stint with MU, after…

Tapping our Natural Resources

Patrick Market, Sonja Wilhelm Stanis named to interim leadership positions in SNR

Patrick Market, professor and undergraduate degree program coordinator for environmental sciences, has been named interim director of the School of Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Sonja Wilhelm Stanis, associate professor, graduate emphasis area coordinator in natural resources (parks, recreation and tourism emphasis) and undergraduate degree program coordinator for parks, recreation…

Making a Broader Impact

MU faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows share their research in China

University of Missouri graduate students Shannon King and Rachel Owen spent the first Sunday of November in Baltimore speaking to a room full of Global Plant Council members and guests about the importance of science communication – especially for graduate students who are beginning their scientific careers. King and Owen shared their experiences from a recent international trip in August,…

Celebrating Excellence

SNR students, faculty, staff and alumni honored at awards banquet

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Natural Resources were honored at the 2018 SNR Awards Banquet. This was the second year for the event, which recognizes excellence in service, advising, research and teaching. Shibu Jose, director of SNR, spoke at the event and presented the awards. Those honored on Nov. 6 included: Mark…

Combining Science and Policy

CAFNR Ph.D. candidate addresses scientists at post-election briefing

Rachel Owen didn’t have an interest in policy until her research brought her to Capitol Hill for a Congressional visit in 2016. Now, her newfound awareness led her to speak at Research!America’s Post-Election Briefing on Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C. Owen, who is a Ph.D. candidate in natural resources in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the…

Forecasting the Winter Weather

Cooler temperatures, 10 to 15 inches of snow expected this winter in mid-Missouri

As temperatures cool, Tony Lupo turns his long-term forecasting efforts toward the upcoming winter months. Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, said mid-Missouri should expect this year’s winter to mirror last year’s for the most part. Lupo estimates that mid-Missouri will receive around 10 to 15 inches of snow and can expect cooler temperatures overall. “The trick…