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Category: Graduate Student Profiles

May 4, 2021

2021 FER Graduate Student Award Winners

Davey Award:  Murry Burgess, PhD student in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, working with Dr. Caren Cooper.  Murry’s research examines the effects of natural light-dark cycles and light pollution on… 

Norman poses and smiles in woods - Forestry Student Overcomes Challenges to Shine as Research Assistant - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Mar 24, 2021

Forestry Student Overcomes Challenges to Shine as Research Assistant

Forestry and Environmental Resources senior Norman Urbanek is a shining example of how hard work, despite the struggles facing many students in today’s pandemic, pays off. 

Lauren Pharr in woods - Black Excellence: Wildlife Biologist Lauren Pharr - NC State University College of Natural Resources Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Feb 3, 2021

Black Excellence: Wildlife Biologist Lauren Pharr

Pharr is a masters student researching bird health. 

Murry Burgess at beach - Black Excellence: Urban Ecologist Murry Burgess - NC State University College of Natural Resources Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Feb 3, 2021

Black Excellence: Urban Ecologist Murry Burgess

Burgess is a Ph.D. student researching the effects of artificial light at night on birds health. 

Deja Perkins with Barn Swallow bird - Graduation to Vocation: Connecting Environmental Justice and Birding - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Nov 24, 2020

Graduation to Vocation: Connecting Environmental Justice and Birding

Deja Perkins explores how environmental and social justice impacts birding and wildlife. 

Tira Beckham - Global Change Fellow Tira Beckham is Studying Socio-Political Boundaries to Climate Resilience - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Nov 18, 2020

Global Change Fellow Tira Beckham is Addressing Socio-Political Barriers to Climate Resilience

As a Global Change Fellow, Beckham hopes to promote equitable governance and communication with vulnerable communities. 

Oct 15, 2020

Introducing this year’s FER Global Change Fellows

Each year, graduate students passionate about climate change impacts can participate in an inclusive, supportive program as a Global Change Fellow. The Global Change Graduate Fellows Program is a multi-disciplinary… 

Jashira poses on balcony - Jashira Torres-Pabon Awarded Knauss Fellowship -Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Jul 24, 2020

Jashira Torres-Pabón Awarded Knauss Fellowship

Jashira Torres-Pabón’s story is one of sheer determination and resilience. A spring 2020 NC State University graduate, she rose above a struggling economy in her homeland of Puerto Rico. She came to NC State as a non-degree seeking student, where she had to prove herself to become a graduate student. Torres-Pabón not only earned her master’s degree… 

Deja Perkins birding - On How #BlackBirdersWeek Celebrated Black Naturalists, Birders - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Jun 5, 2020

On How #BlackBirdersWeek Celebrated Black Naturalists, Birders

Deja Perkins, a graduate student from NC State, helped launch #BlackBirdersWeek to celebrate Black naturalists, birders. 

kierra poses outside - Graduation to Vocation: Improving Environmental and Human Health - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Jun 4, 2020

Graduation to Vocation: Improving Environmental and Human Health

College of Natural Resources graduate Kierra Christie's passion is enhancing environmental and human health. Read more about her journey.