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If you're interested in promoting sustainability or working outdoors, the College of Natural Resources has a program that will help you pursue your passion.

Give a hearty Wolfpack welcome to Dr. Rasul Mowatt, the new head of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (@ncstateprtm). 👋 

Dr. Mowatt comes to the College of Natural Resources after 15 years teaching at @iubloomington. His research expertise lies in social justice and the geographies of race. He is president of The Academy of Leisure Sciences, co-editor of Leisure Sciences, and founding editor of @iu.press’ Recreation, Parks and Tourism in Public Health.

“My focus centers on the production and restructuring of urban space, primarily within cities, and how that impacts what we understand to be the function of race, gender and class in society. I have taught most recently classes using the legendary HBO show, “The Wire,” to understand city governance, the myths of criminality, and the adverse impacts on social policy. My most recently completed research project involved an analysis of a multitude of cities over the span of history and the insight that can be gleaned from that on how our contemporary cities are influenced by this history (in regards to gentrification, crime, violence, and poverty). 

The questions that spring from analyzing cities do not stop as we continue to dwell in them, as new cities are being built (like Egypt’s new and almost completed capital), and as they continue to expand due to social and economic forces of migrancy and population surplus (borders, job shortages). I hope to continue this research through my affiliate status with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at NC State. While the questions of the city have resonance for the Department, as well. The expanding impact of Green Gentrification (displacement initiated by sustainable infrastructure improvements) only highlights ways that parks can be problems and solutions, and it all depends on the moral imagination of those who wield the power of planning, programming and management.” 

Learn more about Dr. Mowatt by checking out the latest #NCStateCNR news in our bio.
Welcome back, Pack. 🐺🐾

Here’s to a wonderful semester. 🎉
Home sweet home. ❤️ #NCStateOnCampus
It’s the “golden age” of wildlife tracking and our own Dr. Roland Kays in @NCState_FER is no stranger to using technology to analyze and store massive amounts of animal movement data.

“The GPS revolution gave researchers a whole new ability to locate animals easily. Then there was another big technology advance where people made really good small solar panels and put them in the animal tracking tags. That gave us more data because you could get more power. We also have accelerometers that are really cool; they let you see how the animals are moving – if they’re running or walking, and what their behavior is.

[...] This could really help us identify important conservation corridors, conservation areas, and times of year that are really important. It shows you how animals are dealing with people on the planet; how are they dodging and weaving around people and surviving in a human-dominated planet. That’s what all the research is about these days.”

Learn more about animal tracker apps by visiting the "Research and Innovation" section of the news link in our bio.
Meet Dr. Marcelo Ardón Sayao 👋 Ardón, an associate professor in @ncstatefer, focuses his research on environmental sciences, ecosystems, wetlands and streams. 

When he’s not teaching, Ardón’s research focuses on ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry of wetlands and streams. He studies how land use and climate change alter the movement of water, carbon and nutrients in these places, and how certain interventions can help recover the loss of ecosystem services.

“I love water and I am happiest sitting next to a stream, lake or wetland. Initially I wanted to be a marine biologist, but then I realized that I get seasick very easily. I took a limnology (the study of inland water) class during my undergrad, and I thought studying streams would be fun.

I want to engage students in environmental science and try to introduce them to the beauty of science, the awe of nature and the great challenges we have ahead. I don’t necessarily want them to become environmental sciences majors, but I want them to take what they learn in our classrooms and apply it in their majors.”
Happy New Year to our #NCStateCNR family! 🎉🐺🐾
2021 College of Natural Resources Year In Review. Happy New Year's Eve, #NCStateCNR family! From the return of in-person Wolfpack Welcome Week to the annual Rolleo competition, it’s been a wonderful year. 🎉 We’re thrilled to see what 2022 has in store.

Take a look back. 📽️
Meet Dr. George Hess 👋 George Hess is a professor in @ncstatefer. His extensive research for #NCStateCNR focuses on green infrastructure conservation and management, conservation, ecology and natural resources measurements. 

His courses create conservation-based projects by working with community partners, including Raleigh Parks, Wake County Open Space and the Triangle Land Conservancy.

“I love teaching and have spent lots of time figuring out how to create learning environments that put students in the kinds of situations they’ll experience after they graduate – faced with nebulous and complex challenges, the need to figure out what the question is before starting on answers, and the ability to work collaboratively with people with diverse backgrounds and abilities.”
Happy first day of winter, #NCStateCNR family! ❄️ 

While it may not look quite like this outside, we are still ready to snuggle up with a warm cup of hot cocoa and a nice long read. ☕📖
A lifelong passion for the outdoors and community involvement led several College of Natural Resources students and alumni to form an advocacy group called Friends of Johnston County Parks (@joconcparks). Two founding members are @ncstateprtm alumni Derrick Applewhite Jr. (pictured far left) and Sarah Bunn (pictured far right), a graduate student in the Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management program.

“By essentially operating as an advocacy group, we can get folks involved and organized from the bottom up to support parks and recreation efforts in Johnston County. We’re behind compared to our neighbors to the northwest and southeast, they have established programs, but Johnston County’s future is bright.

In 50 years, no matter where you are in the county, you should be able to hop on a trail and get to any other part of the county while staying on the trails,” Applewhite Jr. paraphrased. “We have the opportunity, with the East Coast Greenway that slices through Johnston County and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that crosses the other direction across the county, to be the trails hub of the Triangle.” -Derrick Applewhite, Jr. (@dapplewhitejr)