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It's an age-old question: can penguins and people truly get along? This #AntarcticaDay, we take a look at recent research from our own Dr. Yu-Fai Leung, professor in parks, recreation and tourism management (@ncstateprtm).

Leung has found that common tourism behaviors could be disturbing penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. These penguins have been exhibiting higher levels of anxiety and defensiveness. 

“It can be exhausting for these penguins when tourists are standing around their nesting sites for several hours a day. It can also be very distracting.” - @yufai.leung

🔗 Click the link in our bio to learn more about Leung's findings.
We are pleased to announce that Kenneth “K.O.” Summerville has been named #NCStateCNR's 2022 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for his esteemed career and dedication to forestry research. A native of Mecklenburg County, K.O. enrolled at NC State in 1954 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in forest management in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (@ncstatefer).

Summerville was recently recognized during the annual “Evening of Stars Gala,” an event presented by @NCStateAlumni that celebrates alumni and friends of the university who have given back to their professions, communities or alma mater.

Summerville retired from the Tree Improvement Program in 1998 and was elected a Society of American Foresters Fellow in 2002 for his career contributions. He now shares his expertise and talents as a volunteer for The American Chestnut Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to breeding blight-resistant American chestnut trees for reintroduction. 

According to Dean Myron Floyd, “His 34-year career with the North Carolina Forest Service was crucial to the establishment of new forests that now provide valuable wildlife habitat, timber crops and even outdoor recreation spaces. And in retirement, his ongoing support of our college has been vital to our own efforts to do the same. He is a perfect example of what our alumni can accomplish, and we’re proud to recognize him for the legacy he continues to establish."

Congratulations, K.O.! 👏
We’re incredibly thankful for all our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Happy #Thanksgiving to our #NCStateCNR family. 🦃🐺
Our next DIRE Dialog will feature Mamie Parker, former assistant director of fisheries and habitat conservation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@usfws).

During her nearly 30-year career with the USFWS, Parker served as the first African American to lead a regional office. Parker has worked to advance diversity and inclusion in STEM careers, specifically those related to conservation and fisheries. Her DIRE seminar will focus on the contributions of women and people of color in natural resources and related fields.

“Mamie has been a life-long champion for not just these disciplines, but for equitable representation for our next generation of decision-makers within these disciplines.” — Dr. Stacy Nelson, #NCStateCNR's interim associate dean for diversity and inclusion

📅: November 30, 12 p.m.

📺: See the link in our bio.
In one fowl swoop, the season of the turkey is upon us. 🦃

Recently, forestry student Chase Carey conducted a study highlighting the use of camera traps to examine wild turkey breeding patterns in North Carolina. Chase and his co-authors, including #NCStateCNR research professor Dr. Roland Kays, used data from camera traps to analyze exactly when turkeys breed and how this compared with the state’s wild turkey hunting season from 2017 to 2019. 

“When turkeys are mating you can tell from the pictures because the males are strutting around. When we got pictures of the poults [juvenile turkeys] we could age them and then back-calculate when they must have hatched.

Our results also give a better understanding of when our North Carolina wild turkey population is strutting and brood-rearing, providing managers with valuable information that can be used to set hunting season.” -@benjichasecarey

🔗 Click the link in our bio to check out Chase’s findings. 

Celebrate #TakeAHikeDay by exploring one of the many amazing local parks surrounding NC State. 🥾🐺 Which park will you be going #PacktoNature at this week?

📸: Lake Lynn
Recently, #NCStateCNR doctoral student Tyrik Cooper was recognized with the @ecologicalsociety's Trailblazing Work in Diversity and Inclusion Award. 🎉 This award seeks to highlight work done with underrepresented groups to enhance their understanding of the natural and environmental sciences. 

“Life is about chances and opportunities. I was fortunate enough to have outstanding people in my life who not only provided me with those chances and opportunities to get where I’m at, but also supported me through the tough times. I always promised myself that I would continue this trend and pass my experiences and wisdom on to our upcoming students, so winning this award signifies that I’m taking a step in the right direction to make a difference in others’ lives.” 

🔗 Click the link in our bio to get to know Tyrik.

Thank you to all who have served our country. We salute you this #VeteransDay.
Recently, #NCStateCNR Ph.D. candidate Omoyemeh Ile's poster won the second-place award at the Society of American Foresters National Convention in Baltimore. 👏 

Her poster was on a research study she co-authored about the biomass productivity and canopy structure of short-rotation coppice American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis L.) using active remote sensing. "I believe this is a win for my lab group as well as our forestry program here at NC State University," Ile said.

Ile is studying geographic information systems in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (@ncstatefer). She conducts research in the Tree Physiology and Ecosystem Science Lab alongside Dr. John King. This research group is interested in various topics associated with the physiology and ecology of forested ecosystems. Ile also works as a teaching assistant and teaches ES 400: Analysis of Environmental Issues.
Earlier this year, three-time #NCStateCNR @NCStateAlumni Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young was appointed @usdagov chief scientist and under secretary for research, education, and economics. Dr. Jacobs-Young is the first Black woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in paper science. 

Jacobs-Young recently offered some words of wisdom for the next generation of students studying natural resources. “We are a culmination of all of our life experiences, the good and the challenging. There are lessons in them all. Use those lessons to establish a strong foundation to undergird you as you make a difference in the world.” 

Click the link in our bio to learn more about Dr. Jacobs-Young's role and how the college and @ncstatefb helped her realize her dreams.