Recent accomplishments by the School of Natural Resources community were earned by Drew Tyre, Jenny Dauer, John Carroll and Larkin Powell.
Recent accomplishments by the School of Natural Resources community were earned by Drew Tyre, Jenny Dauer, John Carroll and Larkin Powell.

Recent accomplishments by the School of Natural Resources community were earned by Drew Tyre, Jenny Dauer, John Carroll and Larkin Powell.

Tyre to receive graduate student advising award
Drew Tyre, School of Natural Resources professor, will be awarded the Darrell W. Nelson Excellence in Graduate Student Advising Award, in a ceremony Oct. 11, 2019, at the Nebraska Union.

“Your nomination file is exemplary,” wrote Tiffany Heng-Moss in the announcement letter. “You are to be commended for your effective role as a mentor, your dedication to graduate education, and for inspiring and empowering your students to think BIG.”

Tyre has been with SNR since 2003, where he works as a population ecologist and serves as SNR’s Teaching Coordinator. He has mentored countless graduate students — his own advisees, as well as colleagues’.

The Nelson award is given out annually to a faculty member within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources in honor of Agricultural Research Division Dean Darrell W. Nelson. Honorees must have a pattern of research collaboration and co-authorship with graduate students; have had distinguished scholarly or creative activity; be successful instructors; use innovative pedagogy; and gone above-and-beyond tradition advising duties to help students develop career goals or find jobs.

Jenny Dauer named faculty fellow for student success
The Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office announced its second cohort of Faculty Fellows for Student Success. Jenny Dauer, assistant professor of practice at SNR, was among the seven.

She joins Ken Bloom, professor, physics and astronomy; Libby Jones, associate chair and professor, civil engineering; Lindsey Bahe, associate professor and program director, interior design; Srivatsan Kidambi, associate professor, chemical and biomolecular engineering; Steve Kolbe, associate professor, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film; and Tawnya Means, assistant dean, College of Business; assistant professor of practice, management.

"I am thrilled there is so much interest in faculty development and leadership opportunities surrounding student success at Nebraska," said Amy Goodburn, senior associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate education. "This program contributes to the university's strategic vision that every person and every interaction matters. When students succeed, the university succeeds."

Throughout the academic year, the fellows will meet bimonthly with directors of academic support and engagement units. They will focus on gaining expertise on leading change at the university by reviewing research literature, studying data, and discussing university initiatives surrounding student success.

Carroll, Powell earn The Wildlife Society honors
John Carroll, director of SNR, was named The Wildlife Society Fellow, and Larkin Powell, conservation ecology professor in SNR, received the 2019 Excellence in Wildlife Education Award at the TWS annual meeting on Sept. 25, 2019, in Reno, Nevada.

TWS Fellows are selected in recognition of one’s service to the wildlife profession; fellows are appointed for life and serve as ambassadors of The Wildlife Society, encouraged to engage in outreach and other activities that benefit and promote the wildlife profession.

The Excellence in Wildlife Education Award celebrates exemplary teaching, advising, and educational leadership and a faculty member’s continued contribution to the improvement of wildlife education.

Wildlife textbook offers case studies, ethics lessons
Cognella Academic Publishing recently released “Principles for the Management of Fisheries and Wildlife: The Manager as Decision-maker,” by Larkin Powell, conservation ecology professor in SNR.

The textbook tackles decision-making, covering principals of management and how they apply to real-world fisheries and wildlife situations and issues. Students learn about habitat management, human-wildlife conflict, managing over-abundant and at-risk species, and harvest regulations.

“Each chapter includes guiding outcomes, terms and definitions and critical thinking questions,” the book description states. “Opening problems and closing case studies provide opportunities for application of both ecological and management knowledge and skills. Readers also benefit from learning about international models of wildlife management.”

Powell said the textbook dedicates a chapter to ethics, a subject students rarely talk about, but one that is growing in importance as the world gets more complex. The book also includes case studies and examples students can turn to when making decisions on their own, as well as guidance on when to use specific land management tools.

“The book’s goal is teaching skills in management,” Powell said. “I hope (the textbook) is useful and inspires other similar texts in the future.”

The book is available for purchase here.

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