LSU AgCenter announces new wildlife specialist

Tobie Blanchard  |  3/8/2018 9:28:26 PM

(03/08/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — Ashley Long has joined the faculty of the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources. Long has a research, extension and teaching appointment and will serve as the state wildlife extension specialist.

Long received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin., and a master’s degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She earned her doctorate in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University.

Long previously served as a research scientist at the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. Her work there focused on how vegetation management, human activity and infrastructure development influence species distribution and wildlife population dynamics.

She started at the AgCenter in January.

“I’m really excited to be working in Louisiana,” Long said. “I’ve received a very warm welcome so far, and I can’t wait to work on wildlife conservation issues of local importance.”

Long’s extension program will dovetail with her research, and she said she is particularly interested in understanding the benefits of working lands to wildlife conservation.

With her teaching appointment, Long will teach a wildlife habitat management class.

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Ashley Long bands rails at the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival in Jennings, Louisiana. Long recently joined the faculty of the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources. Photo provided by Ashley Long

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