Gifty Anane-Taabeah


Current Position: Gifty defended her PhD dissertation in September, 2018. Dr. Anane-Taabeah is working as a Lecturer in the Department of Fisheries and Watershed Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

VT Advisor: Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation


Corinne “Cordie” Diggins

Post Doctoral Fellow

Current Position: Dr. Cordie Diggins will start a post doctoral appointment in August 2016 with the USGS Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. She will be studying the federally endangered spruce-fir moss spider, as well as continuing work on the federally endangered Carolina northern flying squirrel.

VT Advisor: Dr. W. Mark Ford, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

L to R, Ryan McClure, graduate student studying freshwater ecosystem ecology, Dr. Cayelan Carey, Assistant Professor of freshwater ecosystem ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, and Jonathan Doubek, Ph.D. candidate studying freshwater biology. Global Change Center, science, research

Jonathan Doubek

Post Doctoral Fellow

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont

VT Advisor: Dr. Cayelan Carey, Department of Biological Sciences


Tamara Fetters

Current Position: Postdoctoral adventures

VT Advisor: Dr. Joel McGlothlin, Department of Biological Sciences


Heather Governor

Risk Assessor, EnSafe, Inc.

Current Position: Heather defended her Ph.D dissertation in December 2017. She is currently a Risk Assessor with EnSafe, Inc.

VT Advisors: Dr. Leigh-Anne Krometis and Dr. Cully Hession, Department of Biological Systems Engineering


Cathy Jachowski

Assistant Professor

Current Position: In August 2016, Dr. Cathy Jachowski will join the faculty in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University.

VT Advisor: Dr. William Hopkins, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Daniel Medina

Daniel Medina

Post Doctoral Fellow

Current Position: Daniel defended his Ph.D dissertation in July 2018. Daniel is headed to the Amphibian Natural History Laboratory of the University of Campinas, where he will be working as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Luis Felipe Toledo.

VT Advisors: Dr. Lisa Belden, Department of Biological Sciences

Anthony J. Timpano, Research Associate, Water Resources Research Center

Tony Timpano

Post Doctoral Fellow

Current Position: Tony defended his Ph.D dissertation in August 2017. He is currently a post-doctoral associate at the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

VT Advisors: Dr. Stephen Schoenholtz, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and Dr. Carl Zipper, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences


Laura Schoenle

Post Doctoral Fellow

Current Position: Laura defended her Ph.D dissertation in May of 2017 and will be starting a post-doctoral position in August. She will be based at Hamilton College and co-supervised by Dr. Cynthia Downs and Dr. Lynn (Marty) Martin (University of South Florida). Their NSF-funded project investigates how immune function scales with body size in mammals.

VT Advisor: Dr. Ignacio Moore, Department of Biological Sciences


Carl Wepking

Executive Director, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative at Colorado State University

Current Position: Carl defended his Ph.D dissertation in August of 2018. He is headed off to Colorado State University where he will assume the role of Executive Director of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative within the School of Environmental Sustainability.

VT Advisor: Dr. Michael Strickland, Department of Biological Sciences