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  • Capstone Presentation by Soledad Maristany: Evaluation of Virtual Environmental Education Programs at the Forest Preserves of Cook County

    Evaluation of Virtual Environmental Education Programs at the Forest Preserves of Cook County

    Soledad Maristany

    Friday, July 23, 2021
    3:00 pm Central Time

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/82194554464?pwd=cHVHOENOcGNseGlLUWNFdmtic0QvUT09

    Meeting ID: 821 9455 4464
    Password: NRESonline

    You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session.

  • Capstone Presentation by Connie Allard: Recommendations for enhancing volunteer retention for the Missouri Stream Team

    Recommendations for enhancing volunteer retention for the Missouri Stream Team
    Connie Allard
    Wednesday, July 14, 2021
    1:00 pm Central Time
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/88423578269?pwd=cGxKblpENXd6UHFGVWVoWEQrWnhNUT09

    Meeting ID: 884 2357 8269
    Password: NRESonline

    You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session.
  • Capstone Presentation by Francis Paulino: Mapping biodiversity conservation finance in Zambia to determine if spatial patterns in funding align with the country’s biodiversity priorities and conservation needs

    Mapping biodiversity conservation finance in Zambia to determine if spatial patterns in funding align with the country’s biodiversity priorities and conservation needs
    Francis Paulino
    Monday, April 19, 2021
    1:00 pm Central Time
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/83558066981?pwd=ZERPUCtZY1hORFFjb3lWc0ZaSjRXQT09
    Meeting ID: 835 5806 6981
    Password: NRESonline
    You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session.
  • Capstone Presentation by Thomas Ward: Evaluating Tree Risk Assessment Protocols in a Medium-Sized City

    Evaluating Tree Risk Assessment Protocols in a Medium-Sized City

    Thomas Ward
    Friday, July 16, 2021
    1:00 pm Central Time
    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/83857748716?pwd=aytTY290bHM1VytJTmRhTFFKNUlNdz09

    Meeting ID: 838 5774 8716
    Password: NRESonline
    You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session.
  • Register to Attend the NRES Research Symposium

    The NRES Virtual Research Symposium will occur Saturday, April 17th, 9:15-5:00 (central time) using Gather.Town. Register at https://linktr.ee/UofI_NRES to receive the link to attend. It is important to register ASAP to ensure that NRES has purchased adequate capacity for those wanting to attend.

  • Capstone Presentation by Kelly Hennessey: Influencing Pro-Environmental Behaviors through Online Resources

    Influencing Pro-Environmental Behaviors through Online Resources: An Internship with Sandia National Laboratories
    Kelly Hennessey
    Friday, April 16, 2021
    1:00 pm
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/81797484987?pwd=OXN3Q0RtUHMxTlAzci9hKzlPN2x1QT09
    You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session.
  • Diversity Ed presents - Food Insecurity in a University Campus Community

  • Still Time to Submit for NRES Research Symposium

    The deadline has been extended to Friday, March 12th, for those wishing to submit an abstract for the NRES Research Symposium. Submit at t.ly/OZgP.

    NRES Research Symposium--April 17th, 2021 on Gater.town

  • 2021 Wild Things Logo

    Visit Us at Wild Things This Weekend

    If you're attending Wild Things (https://www.wildthingscommunity.org/) this weekend (or next), be sure to visit the NRES virtual exhibit booth. Come talk to us, hang out, maybe even answer a question or two from people seeking information about the program. Here's when we'll be live this weekend:

    Friday, February 19

    • 9:00-10:00 am12:00-2:00 pm
    • 4:15-5:00 pm  In Session: Environmental Careers
    • 5:00-6:00 pm

    Saturday, February 20

    • 8:00-8:30 am
    • 12:00-1:00 pm
    • 5:15-6:00 pm  In Session: Navigating Grad School Applications 

    Sunday, February 21

    • 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Black-footed ferret COVID-19 vaccination seems to be working,  Credit: Ryan Moehring / USFWS

    The Wildlife Society: Black-footed ferret COVID-19 vaccination seems to be working

    "Two-thirds of captive-bred black-footed ferrets have been vaccinated for the novel coronavirus, and not a single one of the endangered mustelids is known so far to have contracted the disease".

    Joshua Rapp Learn is a science writer at The Wildlife Society

  • Professional Development During Covid

    Check out my recent article offering ideas for how to advance your professional skills and network when you can't go anywhere.

  • Illinois Graduate College - Career Development Workshops

  • Last Chance!

    In case you missed these in your Illinois email:

    If you are planning to take the final written exam in January but haven’t yet signed up, you must sign up no later than 11:59 pm Sunday, December 27th at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1974440237.

    If you would like to join a capstone writing group over break (regardless of where you are in the process), complete the poll at https://doodle.com/poll/bgugt4qkec7ysysy?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link. Instructions:
    I'm planning to choose two times per week to offer group writing sessions (December 26-January 24th). I will use the results of this poll to select the two times per week. Please indicate the times that will work for you most weeks (click once for yes, twice for if-need-be, and three times if you need to remove the time as one of your possibilities). All times are central time zone. Deadline to influence the time selection is 7pm Saturday, December 26th.

  • Introducing: Illinois Remote Website

  • Time to Register for Spring 2021

    If you are a current student in the M.S. program, please check your Illinois.edu email account for full information. If you are a non-degree seeking student, you can find the Spring 2021 course flyer (which includes links to non-degree registration and other resources) here.

  • The Wildlife Society - Wildlife Vocalizations: Emily Thoroski

  • Reminder: Capstone Presentation Tomorrow

    Children as Environmental Stewards: Addressing the Need to Provide Innovative Low-Cost Professional Development Providing Teachers with Strategies to Assist Disadvantaged and English as a Second Language Students in Environmental Science Classroom

    Kerry Martens

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    5:30 pm

    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/86907543762?pwd=WmdocHEyaWtJQUxFVzJCaVFLcVZqUT09

  • Spring 2021 Updates

    The University has finalized changes to the Spring 2021 schedule and registration:

    • The spring semester will begin on Monday, January 25th (instead of the 19th).
    • There will NOT be spring break this year. Instead, there will be three non-instruction days (February 17, March 24, and April 13). Because NRES online graduate courses are almost exclusively one night a week, courses that meet on Tuesday or Wednesday will have asynchronous material and assignments in weeks of non-instruction days or will have an additional meeting day added.
    • The class schedule goes live on November 6th. There may be courses showing on the online.illinois.edu site before that, but it can't be considered final until November 6th. The schedule of NRES Online Graduate Courses will be posted on this blog as soon as it's complete.
    • Degree seeking students' registration time tickets will allow registration beginning at 11:20 am on December 2nd (log into Self-Service after November 16th to see your earliest registration time). Registration for non-degree seeking students begins December 14th.
  • Illinois Extension Forestry - Upcoming Events

  • ILMA-Lakes Scholarships

    The Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA-Lakes) is offering two scholarship opportunities for which graduate students are eligible.  The application deadline is December 31, 2020. Full eligibility and application information is available at https://ilma-lakes.org/scholarship.

    Illinois Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarship ($1,000): Full time undergraduate or graduate students who have a college or university cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on an undergraduate 4.0 scale and 3.0 on a graduate 4.0 scale, enrolled in a natural resource discipline related to lake and/or watershed management. Eligible applicants include Illinois residents enrolled in accredited colleges and universities within the above listed six states and/ or students enrolled in an accredited Illinois college or university. Emphasis will be placed on scholarship money going towards work or project related expenses in a lake / watershed area.

    Robert Esser Student Achievement Scholarship ($500): Illinois resident attending an Illinois accredited college or university. A full time junior or senior undergraduate student or graduate student is preferred. Attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Lake Management Association (ILMA) is strongly encouraged. Student must be enrolled in a lake-related curriculum with clearly articulated personal goals and objectives geared toward Illinois lakes. Emphasis will be placed on volunteer experiences.

  • Capstone Presentation by Kerry Martens: Children as Environmental Stewards

    Children as Environmental Stewards: Addressing the Need to Provide Innovative Low-Cost Professional Development Providing Teachers with Strategies to Assist Disadvantaged and English as a Second Language Students in Environmental Science Classroom

    Kerry Martens

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

    5:30 pm

    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/86907543762?pwd=WmdocHEyaWtJQUxFVzJCaVFLcVZqUT09

  • Wired Digital Magazine: Can a Genetically Modified Bug Combat a Global Farm Plague?

  • More Useful Info than Ever

    During semester you are degree-seeking grad student registered for at least one class, you will receive the weekly "Grad Links" from the Graduate College. Now that most workshops and sessions are online, there are many more opportunities for YOU! Click on this article to see the announcements from this week's Grad Links relevant to degree-seeking students in the NRES Online M.S. Program. If you don't receive Grad Links on Sundays, you can subscribe at https://emails.illinois.edu/subscribe?emailId=1735847690

  • Capstone Presentation by John Grant: Comlara Forest Rehabilitation and Autumn Olive Removal

    M.S. Capstone Presentation
    John Grant
    Comlara Forest Rehabilitation and Autumn Olive Removal
    Friday, August 28th at 2:00 pm
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/94179639941?pwd=YXBwTHZJRVF0cE5yU2V6dFNxOURUUT09
  • USDA NRCS: Introduction to High Tunnels in Organic Systems

  • How's My Waterway - Watershed Academy Webinar

  • Writers Workshop - Graduate Writing Productivity Groups

  • wired.com, digital magazine

    Wired Digital Magazine: How to Stay Productive When the World Is on Fire

  • Illinois Extension: Summer Plant ID Walk & Talk Webinar

  • Two Capstone Presentations on Friday, July 10th

    Minimum Sampling Effort to Detect Bat Species Richness in Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey
    Jennifer Bonta
    Friday, July 10th at 10:30 am

     

    Understanding the Effects of Land Features on Avian Mortality Incidents at Electric Power Lines and Poles
    Samantha Davies
    Friday, July 10th at 3:00 pm
  • Reminder: Two Capstone Presentations Tomorrow

    Minimum Sampling Effort to Detect Bat Species Richness in Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey
    Jennifer Bonta
    Friday, July 10th at 10:30 am
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97512583556?pwd=Q2wvMStVeVhrVXMzM1BZd2tpM09mUT09

     

    Understanding the Effects of Land Features on Avian Mortality Incidents at Electric Power Lines and Poles
    Samantha Davies
    Friday, July 10th at 3:00 pm
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/93762390565?pwd=WmdJcWh2QTR2cW0wMHBuRXhLTXJ6Zz09 
  • UIUC Graduate College - Building an Effective Web Presence: LinkedIn and Beyond

  • Time Management, UIUC Counseling Center

  • Writers Workshop Upcoming Events

  • What Makes a Successful Online Student?

  • Graduate College at Illinois - Grad Careers Newsletter

  • Upcoming Advising Sessions

    There are five advising sessions coming up in the next three weeks:

    • What? Capstone Monthly Report Meeting
      Date/Time? Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm
      Where? See your University email. The link has been sent to the students for whom this is relevant.
      Who? Students currently working on their capstone projects.

    • What? Overview of Summer and Fall Courses
      Date/Time? Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm
      Where? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/8516837 to receive Zoom link.
      Who? All prospective and continuing students planning to take courses in the summer and/or fall.

    • What? Capstone Project, Getting Started
      Date/Time? Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 pm
      Where? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/23224 to receive Zoom link.
      Who?  Students who hope to begin working on their capstone project within the next six months.

    • What? Capstone Project, Crossing the Finish Line
      Date/Time? Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm
      Where? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1465115 to receive Zoom link.
      Who?  Students who hope to schedule the presentation and oral exam over their capstone project within the next six months.

    • What? Preparing for the Program Written Final Exam
      Date/Time? Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm
      Where? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/7728981 to receive Zoom link.
      Who?  Students planning to take the written final exam in August.
  • This morning! Capstone Presentation by Melissa McCabe: An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System

    Melissa McCabe
    An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System: How well do the parks serve minority and poor Philadelphia residents?
    Research Advisor: Dr. Michael Krassa
    Wednesday, April 22nd at 10 AM CST
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97813707926?pwd=S2NvNlBiOTFYMkRZSWhvSXBaS0JGUT09.
    Meeting ID: 978-1370-7926
    Password: NRESonline

    Parks are an essential community resource that can promote the interaction between humans and the natural world. The connection between time in nature and the positive physical and mental health benefits one can reap is being researched in various subjects, including environmental science, medicine, psychology, and city planning. With a consistently increasing urban population worldwide, the incorporation of parks in urban settings is integral in promoting healthy lifestyle choices for residents. This study investigates the equity of park accessibility and quality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through the adaptation of public space auditing tools and with the use of Google Earth Imagery, ArcGIS, and United States Census data, this audit suggests non-significant relationships between both the accessibility and the quality of parks and race or socioeconomic status (SES) in Philadelphia. This analysis did reveal a connection between the accessibility and quality of parks, however, regardless of race and SES.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provide.

  • Writers Workshop Upcoming Events

  • Capstone Presentation by Melissa McCabe: An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System

    Melissa McCabe
    An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System: How well do the parks serve minority and poor Philadelphia residents?
    Research Advisor: Dr. Michael Krassa
    Wednesday, April 22nd at 10 AM CST
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97813707926?pwd=S2NvNlBiOTFYMkRZSWhvSXBaS0JGUT09.
    Meeting ID: 978-1370-7926
    Password: NRESonline

    Parks are an essential community resource that can promote the interaction between humans and the natural world. The connection between time in nature and the positive physical and mental health benefits one can reap is being researched in various subjects, including environmental science, medicine, psychology, and city planning. With a consistently increasing urban population worldwide, the incorporation of parks in urban settings is integral in promoting healthy lifestyle choices for residents. This study investigates the equity of park accessibility and quality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through the adaptation of public space auditing tools and with the use of Google Earth Imagery, ArcGIS, and United States Census data, this audit suggests non-significant relationships between both the accessibility and the quality of parks and race or socioeconomic status (SES) in Philadelphia. This analysis did reveal a connection between the accessibility and quality of parks, however, regardless of race and SES.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provide.

  • Capstone Presentation by Michael Beaudoin:

    Michael S. Beaudoin
    Developing a Central Sierra Fire-Resistant Landscaping Guidebook
    Advisor: Piper Hodson

    Friday, April 17th at 3:00 PM CST
    https://illinois.zoom.us/j/457678045?pwd=Z1Z1NmVsRmdSeGRPSmlEQ2c1SlI2Zz09
    Meeting ID: 457-678-045
    Password: NRESonline

    Catastrophic wildfires threaten homes throughout California. Understanding what motivates homeowners to prepare for wildfires helps fire managers better understand how to encourage homeowner action. Once homeowners are motivated to act, hardening a residence’s home-hazard ignition zone with fire-resistant landscaping is an effective tool. However, many homeowners lack knowledge about selecting the appropriate plant species to improve their home’s survivability in a wildfire. Many communities lack educational programs and tools to educate their residents on fire-resistant plant materials.

    I examined the most commonly used metrics for determining the flammability of plant materials and developed a rubric to help homeowners select plants that possess the best fire-resistant traits. I also examined the current educational materials available to homeowners and developed a guidebook of fire-resistant plants species. The results provide homeowners and fire managers in the Central Sierra with an educational program and outreach materials to better educate residents about wildfire preparedness and fire-resistant landscaping.

  • Smartphone Apps in Natural Resources – Webinar April 20th

    Smartphone Apps in Natural Resources – Webinar

    Kevin Rohling, Extension Forestry Technician, NRES and University of Illinois Extension

    April 20th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central

    Register at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=22174

    This webinar will discuss a variety of smartphone/tablet applications used in the natural resource field, from field guides to databases and mapping options that are available to private landowners, volunteers and land managers.  This is a 1-hour Zoom webinar.  It is free and open to the public.

  • Annual Review Advising Meeting TONIGHT

    Have questions about the Annual Review due March 22nd? Join us for Annual Review Advising Meeting TONIGHT, Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm central at https://illinois.zoom.us/j/784406545.

  • Upcoming Events and Opportunities

  • Working on your capstone? It's time to check in

    Those students working on their capstone projects are required to submit monthly reports. You can do this in writing (in the OPEN LEARNING-Capstone Progress Compass page) or verbally on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Since it's the first one of the semester, I encourage you to attend the live session tomorrow at 7pm via https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6b5b00032a8447293b08b6c8e89f5fd. I hope to see many of you advanced students there!

    If you have not yet started actively working on your capstone project, you can ignore this message. I hope your classes are going well!

  • Illinois Lake Management Association Opportunities for Students

    The Illinois Lake Management Association is seeking applicants for our scholarship programs and Student Posters/Presenters for our upcoming conference in March of 2020.   The organization's scholarship deadline is December 31st. Instructions and the application form are available at https://ilma-lakes.org/scholarship. Details on proposing a poster or presentation for the March 2020 conference can be found at https://ilma-lakes.org/conference.  Abstracts are due December 31.

  • Change of Time for Friday's Presentation: 2pm

    Student: Tyler Steury

    Capstone Presentation: Enhancing Quality Assurance/Quality Control: An Internship in a Municipal Water Quality Control Laboratory

    Date and Time: November 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm Central

    Location: N120 Turner Hall or  Online at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/366a83fbcfd24b51814876c968d770b0.

    The Bloomington, Indiana Water Quality Control Laboratory analyzes drinking water, wastewater, and water used for recreational purposes. The internship position had three primary goals: to enhance water quality assurance through laboratory contributions, to understand the historic role of water quality policy and management, and to improve water quality management. Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) water quality analysis methods were learned and conducted for 21 water parameters. Understanding national and state water quality policies and the history of water quality maintenance were vital for revising and updating the laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Handbook to be used by current and future laboratory technicians. Standard methods, using current technology to support operations, will enhance laboratory QA/QC, ensure the validity of analysis data, and improve water quality maintenance. The intern is grateful for an opportunity to author the new SOP Handbook as part of this internship.

  • Capstone Presentation by Tyler Stuery

    Student: Tyler Steury

    Capstone Presentation: Enhancing Quality Assurance/Quality Control: An Internship in a Municipal Water Quality Control Laboratory

    Date and Time: November 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

    Location: N120 Turner Hall or  Online at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/366a83fbcfd24b51814876c968d770b0.

    The Bloomington, Indiana Water Quality Control Laboratory analyzes drinking water, wastewater, and water used for recreational purposes. The internship position had three primary goals: to enhance water quality assurance through laboratory contributions, to understand the historic role of water quality policy and management, and to improve water quality management. Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) water quality analysis methods were learned and conducted for 21 water parameters. Understanding national and state water quality policies and the history of water quality maintenance were vital for revising and updating the laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Handbook to be used by current and future laboratory technicians. Standard methods, using current technology to support operations, will enhance laboratory QA/QC, ensure the validity of analysis data, and improve water quality maintenance. The intern is grateful for an opportunity to author the new SOP Handbook as part of this internship.

  • Tonight: Spring Courses Webinar

    With graduate student registration opening on November 11th, it's time for our Spring 2020 Advising Webinar:

    Monday, November 4th
    7:00 pm
    Join at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f5f68ddcfd4d49888dd4b31fe9b162c7

    To find your registration time ticket (the earliest day and time you can register), log into Self-Service at https://apps.uillinois.edu/selfservice/. If you do not have a time ticket, the most likely explanation is that you need to complete the re-entry process (details found at https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply/reentry under "Re-Entering the same Graduate Program").

  • Tomorrow: Capstone Presentation by Kate Drahota

    Student: Kate Drahota

    Capstone Presentation: Conservation Plan Development for Ecological Services Provided by Wet Prairie Land

    Date and Time: October 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

    Location: Online https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/7ff416bac6694c95b39b8750c9b24f02

    As a volunteer for a local Conservation District and in consultation with a private landowner, land management strategies were explored toward the development of a long-term conservation plan. The SWAPA+H model was used to identify the landowner’s resource concerns as per the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s nine-step conservation planning process. Resource concerns include a decreasing duration of meadow saturation and vernal pool presence, beaver reintroduction, habitat for Greater Sandhill Cranes and Mardon Skipper butterflies, and a reduction of native species while invasive species increase. Management goals strive towards the landowner’s vision of a wet meadow sanctuary protected from future development, timber sales, recreation, hunting, and trespass beyond her lifetime.