Forestry Grad Student Takes First Place In National Poster Competition

Richard Sample (left) of Winslow, a graduate student in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was awarded first prize for his poster, “Nitrogen Resorption Timeline in Relation to Protein and Chlorophyll Degradation in Southern Oaks,” presented at the Society of American Foresters (SAF) national convention in Albuquerque, N.M. The research presented in the poster illustrates the timing and extent of nutrient cycling in oak tree species in Arkansas forests, providing various ecosystem services such as habitat and food for waterfowl and other wildlife as well as wood. Nutrient cycling is important for tree growth in survival. Understanding the basic biology will help foresters understand how nutrient cycling is affected by environmental stresses trees in Arkansas typically experience, such as flooding, drought, and overcrowding by competitors, and will lead to better forest management. Sample's poster, co-authored with his advisor, Dr. Benjamin Babst (right), assistant professor of forest resources, was judged to be the top poster out of 135 posters presented at the convention.