forestry grad students

Pictured from left are James Whitaker of Monticello, Farhad Masum of Bangladesh, Shakuntala Sharma of Nepal, Ben Sleeper of Monticello, Kathy Brautigam of Anna, Ohio, and Cassandra Montoya of Mountainair, N.M.

Six graduate students from the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello attended the fourth annual Southeastern Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium March 5-7 at Mississippi State University.

The symposium showcased master’s and doctoral student research projects from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Student presenters came from a variety of natural resource disciplines, including silviculture, forest ecology, forest products, waterfowl ecology,upland bird ecology, fisheries, and wetland ecology.

UAM students disseminated information on their ongoing research projects through poster and oral presentations. Cassandra Montoya presented a poster entitled “Monitoring Winter Waterfowl Forage as a Method for Evaluating Desired Forest Conditions on White River National Wildlife Refuge” and Kathy Brautigam presented a poster entitled “Are Wildlife Feeders Affecting Artificial Ground Nest Success in Southeast Arkansas?”.

Shakuntala Sharma, Ben Sleeper, and Farhad Masum delivered oral presentations. Sharma’s presentation was entitled “Genetics and Spacing Effects on Early Stand Development and Physiology of Improved Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) Seedling.” Sleeper discussed “Selected Results from Bottomland Hardwood Wetland Restoration Studies in Southeast Arkansas” and Masum spoke on the “Life Cycle Analysis of Carbon Balance from the Agroforestry System in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.”