The Bob R. Jones Wildlife Research Institute is the unit of the LSU AgCenter which houses the Pennington Chair for Wildlife Research. The Chair was created by a donation of $600,000 provided by the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation and a match of $400,000 funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents. The Chair is currently occupied by Lane Foil (link).
The Pennington Chair for Wildlife Research serves as the scientific director of the Bob R. Jones Wildlife Research Institute and conducts research in his specialty area within the scope of the mission of the Institute (link). Foil’s area of research is on vector-borne diseases and the direct impact of arthropods on animal health. Current projects include 1) describing the vectors of EHDV and BTV within different habitats and mechanisms of transmission of these orbiviruses 2) development of a vaccine that will provide protection for deer against tick infestations. Near future projects include 1) Development of a vaccine that will provide protection for deer against exposure to EHDV through the natural vector. 2) Describing the mechanisms of transmission of the agents of chronic wasting disease. 3) Developing a fire ant management program aimed at protection of nesting game birds.