SAFES In The Spotlight

Clemson researchers to study oil and gas operations' impact on Gulf pelicans

CLEMSON — A federal agency has turned to Clemson University’s South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to collect data that will help it Clemson researches pelicansassess the environmental impact of oil and natural gas operations on the marine and coastal environments of the northern Gulf of Mexico’s outer continental shelf.

The South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit will fill data holes on the migratory habits, demographics and reproductive success of eastern brown pelicans. The data will serve as a snapshot that will help the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) understand the impact of human activities, such as oil and natural gas operations, and help identify possible mitigation protocols. Read More



Clemson Wildlife Biologist Drew Lanham Encourages Greenville City Dwellers to Observe Urban Nature

Hawk Roosts In Greenville Dr. Drew Lanham, wildlife biologist in Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences (SAFES), told the Greenville News that he wishes every city had a naturalist to explain natural history, identify wildlife and plants, and help spark a love of nature.

Lanham was quoted extensively in a recent Greenville News article about that city’s urban wildlife and natural spaces. Lanham pointed out the many opportunities to observe nature in the city. He told the author that baseball fans visiting Greenville’s Fluor Field can see nighthawks feasting on insects swarming around the stadium lights and that during the spring literally millions of migrating birds are flying overhead while we sleep. Some of those birds, he said, roost in trees in and around the city during the early morning hours. Read More



Aiken High School FFA delivers Christmas cheer to Clemson University administrators during campus tour

Aiken FFA with Dean ScottRepresentatives from the Aiken High chapter of FFA presented Clemson University administrators with handmade wreathes and homegrown poinsettias during a recent campus visit.

Anna Mink, Brodie Cox, Scott Morgan, Lakin Wheat, and Aiken High FFA advisor and teacher Meghan Wood delivered the Christmas cheer while meeting with high-level Clemson administrators.

Dr. Thomas Scott, dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, spoke about the importance of the agricultural industry and agricultural education to the state of South Carolina. Read More


Clemson horticulture student awarded Bartlett Tree Foundation scholarship

Justin TriggClemson University horticulture student Justin Trigg recently was named a 2012 Bartlett Tree Foundation scholar for his sustained academic excellence in the study of arboriculture. Trigg, a senior from Fort Mill, received one of 23 scholarships from the Foundation.

“I am excited to receive a Bartlett Tree Foundation scholarship on behalf of Clemson University,” said Trigg. “Not only will the scholarship help cover the cost of tuition, but it is an honor to receive recognition from one of the leading scientific tree-care organizations in the world.” Read more

Clemson turf science alumnus wins prestigious teaching award

Dr. Wesley Totten, Clemson University plant and environmental science Ph.D (’06), was recently named the UT Martin Featured Faculty Scholar for fall of 2012.

Totten Awarded Featured Faculy Scholar Award

Totten is associate professor of plant science in UT Martin’s Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources. Read More



Clemson turfgrass graduate student wins presentation award at international conference

Winning PosterClemson University turfgrass science doctoral student Nick Menchyk was honored for excellence in research poster and oral presentation during the 2012 Crop Science Society of America’s International Annual Meetings in Cincinnati.

Menchyk won in the turfgrass category for his presentation titled, “Nickel Toxicity and Nitrogen Metabolism of Two Warm-Season Turfgrass Species.” Read More



Clemson Shotgun Club wins third straight southeastern invitational championship

Clemson Shotgun ClubThe Clemson University Shotgun Club won its third straight Southeastern Invitational Collegiate Championship on Oct. 27 at the Jacksonville Skeet and Trap Gun Club in Jacksonville, Fl.

The Clemson shooters overcame 30-mph winds and beat out eight other universities to take the title, outshooting second-place finisher University of Florida 679 targets to 668. Read More



Clemson pomology professor speaks at international fruit conference

Clemson pomology professor Desmond LayneClemson University pomology professor and fruit crop researcher Desmond R. Layne recently was invited to speak at the 22nd Annual Brazilian Congress of Fruit and at Brazil’s national government agricultural research service.

Layne, who works in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES), presented insights into the effectiveness of using simple greenhouses or high tunnels to cultivate fruit, a process known as protected fruit cultivation, and commented on innovations in protected fruit cultivation in China and the U.S. Read More



Clemson Forest Ecologist Predicts Fall Colors In The Carolinas May Peak Early  

Red MapleLeaf lookers hoping to observe the symphony of fall colors at its most vibrant might want to get a head start.  

Dr. Victor Shelburne, professor emeritus of forestry and natural resources at Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences, sees signs that peak color may arrive a bit early to the Carolinas this year.  

Shelburne has been teaching and performing research in forest ecology, tree physiology, and landscape ecology for 24 years. During a recent altitudinal transect with dendrology students, he observed that harbinger trees such as blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) and sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) are already beginning to turn and some are even dropping their leaves. Read More



SAFES Professor of Pomology Desmond Layne Among Those Earning National Honor

Des LayneA cooperative program to keep farmers and Extension agents apprised of the latest developments in the production of small fruits has been honored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium will receive the Institute's "partnership award for multistate efforts" at an annual ceremony on Oct. 11 in Washington.

Founded in part by Clemson University, the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium has worked for 13 years to sponsor research and develop educational information for county Extension agents and farmers on such crops as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, muscadines and bunch grapes. Read More



Dobbins, Yarrow Named Division Chairs in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences  

Dr. Thomas DobbinsDrs. Thomas Dobbins and Greg Yarrow have been named division chairs in Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES).  Dobbins will chair the Agriculture Division and Yarrow will chair the Forestry and Natural Resources Division. Their chairmanships are effective immediately.  

“Tom and Greg are first-rate professors and scholars who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to fulfilling Clemson’s land grant mission of teaching, research, and extension. I am confident they will apply the same sustained passion and leadership to ensure that Clemson continues its tradition of educating the next generation of agriculture and natural resource industry leaders and performing ground-breaking research,” said Dr. Patricia Layton, director of SAFES. Read More



Clemson plant pathologist working to raise cucurbit yields, lower production costs

Clemson plant pathologost Anthony KeinathGrowers of pickling cucumbers and other crops susceptible to infection by downy mildew may someday benefit from higher yields and lower production costs thanks to collaborative research by Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences (SAFES) and North Carolina State University.

Anthony P. Keinath, professor of plant pathology in SAFES was recently awarded a $40,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a model for predicting downy mildew infection risk to cucurbits, a family of plants that includes various squashes, melons and gourds. Keinath ‘s research will be part of a wider study being conducted by N.C. State and funded by a $180,000 USDA grant. Read More

Clemson aquatic toxicology professor honored for service to international plant management organization

John Rodgers accepts award from APMSThe Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) recently honored John H. Rodgers, Jr. professor of aquatic toxicology in Clemson University’s department of forestry and natural resources, with the T. Wayne Miller Distinguished Service Award.

The award, named for APMS founder Wayne Miller, recognizes Rodgers for his many years of service to APMS in a number of capacities and his outstanding scholarship in the areas of aquatic toxicology and aquatic plant management.

“John has worked tirelessly to advance APMS’s members, goals, and objectives,” said awards chairman Don Doggett. “He has performed above and beyond the call of duty.” Read More

Hughes Awarded 2012 Service Alliance Fellowship

Hughes with studentsDavid Hughes, assistant director of the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD) within the School of Agricultural, Forestry and Environmental Sciences (SAFES), has been named a 2012 Clemson University Service Alliance Fellow.

Service Alliance Fellows are chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to advancing Clemson’s service-learning program through teaching service-learning and community-based research courses. Hughes was one of eight fellows chosen for the award.

"I am very excited about the opportunity that the Service Alliance Fellowship provides for Clemson students to assist South Carolina communities and nonprofit organizations in dealing with a variety of community development and economic development issues," Hughes said. Read More

Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences sees jump in enrollment

SAFES Enrollment IncreaseClemson - Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences (SAFES) has seen a 30 percent increase in enrollment over 2011, according to Katie Black, coordinator of student relations and recruitment in Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

 “Clemson is riding a wave of increased enrollment in colleges of agriculture nationwide, “ Black said. “Students are realizing that they can follow their passion for the agriculture sciences, engage with the latest technology, and also have great job prospects waiting for them when they graduate.” Read More

Guynn recognized for contributions to deer management education

Susan Guynn receives awardSusan Guynn, extension associate in Clemson University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, was recognized by Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) for her contributions to the design, development, and delivery of the online Deer Steward I Certification Program. Guynn was given the Special Recognition Award at QDMA’s annual convention in Nashville.

The online program teaches landowners, hunters, university students, and wildlife management professionals the four pillars of whitetail deer management: population management, habitat management, hunter management, and herd monitoring. Read More

Turfgrass industry leaders participate in Clemson Turfgrass Research and Education Field Day

John Brown hands check to Bert McCartyClemson, South Carolina – Clemson University turfgrass researchers presented the latest and most effective research-based turf management protocols to approximately 130 turfgrass industry leaders and golf course superintendents from across the state of South Carolina during the Clemson University Turfgrass Research and Education Field Day on August 14.

Clemson University Turfgrass Program professors and researchers displayed their findings on subjects including using PGRs efficiently to reduce mowing events, managing bentgrass golf greens with organic products, postemergence grass weed control in bentgrass, establishing and managing Seashore Paspalum and Diamond Zoysiagrass golf greens, and the effectiveness of using liquid products for thatch control. Read More

Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden at Clemson University

Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden at Clemson UniversityThe Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden is the result of a campus-wide collaborative effort that brought together multiple departments within the School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences (SAFES), university landscape services, campus planning, extension, and the SC Botanical Garden. This project was funded by a one-time grant from Public Service and is an example of the creativity and teamwork happening in SAFES and across campus.   

The client, Adrienne Gerus, director of landscape services for Clemson University, specified that the garden should be low-maintenance and visually appealing.  Based on these criteria, students in the 2011 fall term HORT 308 class went to work designing the space. Two designs were chosen from the thirteen submitted.  Read More

Professor of wildlife ecology awarded 2012 Alumni Distinguished Professorship Award

Joseph Drew LanhamClemson -- Joseph Drew Lanham, professor of wildlife ecology in the School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences (SAFES), was recently awarded the 2012 Alumni Distinguished Professorship Award. The award is given annually by the Clemson University Faculty to an outstanding colleague holding the rank of Professor.

“Recognition as a Clemson University Alumni Distinguished Professor is one of the most significant awards given to Clemson University faculty,” said Doris Helms, Clemson vice president for academic affairs and provost. Read More