Cordie Diggins’ research featured in Nature Conservancy Magazine

In West Virginia, conservationists have set out to revive heavily logged red spruce forests in hopes of saving an endangered flying squirrel from extinction. Cordie Diggins, a Virginia Tech doctoral student and an IGC Fellow, is featured in the following Nature Conservancy Magazine article.

Flying High

“Craig Stihler holds the squirming rodent in his gloved hands. “It’s a biter,” warns the bespectacled biologist as he handles the animal using only calm, deliberate movements. ...

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New Course- Biology 6064: Freshwaters in the Anthropocene

BIOL 6064: Spring Semester 2015
2 credits- M/W 9:05-9:55am

Dr. Cayelan Carey is teaching a new special topics graduate course in the spring, ‘Freshwaters in the Anthropocene,’ which will be centered on reading discussions of research papers and policy-related documents (e.g., the EU Water Framework Directive), as well as a few in-class modeling exercises and lectures.  The overall goal of the course is to examine the effects and interactions of altered climate, eutrophication, invasive species, and unsustainable ...

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New interdisciplinary course: Systems Conservation


FIW 5984 : Systems Conservation of Animal Populations

Instructor: Leandro Castello

Systems Conservation of Animal Populations adopts an integrative approach to understanding problems of sustainable management and conservation of animals in natural landscapes. The course is founded on the idea that effective conservation of animal populations can only be achieved through consideration and management of broader, multifaceted factors related to natural ecosystems and human societies. The course seeks to help students conceptualize and articulate their own ...

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New Course: Theories of Globalization

Economies and Ecologies of Planetary Change

PSCI 6204/ASPT 6014
Spring Semester
Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

This 3-credit course will theorize globalization from an inter-disciplinary perspective, with special focus on the relationship between economy and ecology at the planetary scale.  How has the globalization of industrial capitalism over the past two and half centuries impacted our planet and how are we to understand the political, cultural, and social dimensions of this ongoing transformation?  What roles do humans play in shaping non-human life ...

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Jacob Barney’s research in PNAS: New pasture plants intensify risk of invasive species

From VT News

In quest for greener pastures, don’t plant invasive species, researchers say

BLACKSBURG, December 2, 2014 – Few agribusinesses or governments regulate the types of plants that farmers use in their pastures to feed their livestock, according to an international team of researchers that includes one plant scientist from Virginia Tech. The problem is most of these so-called pasture plants are invasive weeds.

In a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study this month, ...

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