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Students Win Awards at the Annual Meeting of the KY Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Form Wildland Fire Crew

Mize Branch II fire in Rockcastle County


Our students are winning awards at conferences and gaining experience in the field. Students from the Department of Biological Sciences won awards at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Twelve students attended the meeting, which focused on climate change and wildlife diseases. Courtney Hayes, a senior Biological Sciences major, won the Best Poster award for her project titled “An Assessment of Camera Trapping Methods in the Bluegrass.” Her coauthor was Dr. Luke Dodd. Katie Kelly, a graduate student, won the Best Oral Presentation award for her project titled “Development of an Avian Index of Biotic Integrity for wetlands of Kentucky,” which she coauthored with her advisor, Dr. David Brown. The EKU student chapter of The Wildlife Society was awarded a grant to support wildland and prescribed fire training.

Students from the Wildlife Management program recently joined a wildland firefighting crew that works for the Kentucky Division of Forestry. The fire crew is interdisciplinary and includes students from the Fire Protection Administration program in the College of Criminal Justice and Safety. The wildland fire crew provides students the opportunity to develop valuable skills and experience that can be applied to habitat management, such as through prescribed fire. In December, the crew worked on the 858 acre Mize Branch II fire in Rockcastle County.

Published on March 02, 2018

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