MEET OUR IGC ALUMNI

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Dr. Benjamin Ahlswede

Post-doctoral researcher, University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

VT Alumni April 2021, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Advisor: Dr. Quinn Thomas

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Dr. Gifty Anane-Taabeah

Professor, Department of Fisheries and Watershed Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

VT Alumni September 2018, Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Advisor: Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong

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Dr. Rachel Brooks

Forest Health Scientist, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

VT Alumni May 2020, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Dr. Scott Salom and Dr. Anton Baudoin

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Dr. Corinne “Cordie” Diggins

Post Doctoral Fellow, USGS Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

VT Alumni June 2016, Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Advisor: Dr. W. Mark Ford

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Dr. Stephen DeVilbiss

Post Doctoral Fellow, USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Lab

VT Alumni November 2020, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Dr. Brian Badgley and Dr. Meredith Steele

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Dr. Jonathan Doubek

Assistant Professor, Lake Superior State University School of Natural Resources and Environment 

VT Alumni May 2018, Biological Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Cayelan Carey

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Dr. Angie Estrada

Director, Summit Municipal Park

Angie defended her Ph.D. dissertation in November 2019. In 2020, Angie became the first woman to serve as director of Summit Municipal Park, known as the only public botanical garden and zoo in Panama.

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

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Dr. Tamara Fetters

 

Tamara defended her Ph.D. dissertation in August 2018.

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

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Dr. Becky Fletcher

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Scientist

Becky defended her Ph.D. dissertation in September 2019.

VT Advisor: Dr. Jacob Barney, Plant and Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Heather Governor

Risk Assessor, EnSafe, Inc.

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

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Dr. Derek Hennen

Laboratory Assistant, Virginia Tech

VT Alumni April 2020, VT Entomology

Advisor: Dr. Paul Marek

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Dr. Sydney Hope

VT Alumni December 2019, Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Advisor: Dr. William Hopkins

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Dr. Cathy Jachowski

Assistant Professor, Clemson University, Forestry and Environmental Conservation

VT Alumni August 2016, VT Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Advisor: Dr. William Hopkins

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Dr. Vasiliy Lakoba

Director of Research, American Chestnut Foundation at Meadowview Research Farms

VT Alumni April 2021, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Jacob Barney

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Dr. Cristina Marcillo

 

Cristina defended her Ph.D dissertation in March 2020.

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

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Dr. Ryan McClure

Post Doctoral Fellow

Ryan defended his Ph.D dissertation in August 2020, and is working on the Forecasting Lake And Reservoir Ecosystems (FLARE) project with Drs. Cayelan Carey and Quinn Thomas at Virginia Tech.

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

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Dr. Daniel Medina

Post Doctoral Fellow

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

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Dr. Max Ragozzino

Biological Control Entomologist

Max defended his Ph.D dissertation in May 2020. He is currently working for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

VT Advisor: Dr. Scott Salom, Department of Entomology

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Dr. Tony Timpano

Post Doctoral Fellow

Tony defended his Ph.D dissertation in August 2017. He is currently a post-doctoral associate for the Virginia Tech Forest Hydrology and Soils lab.

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

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Dr. Ernie Osburn

VT Alumni March 2021, VT Biological Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Jeb Barrett

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Dr. Laura Schoenle

Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Biology, Cornell University

VT Alumni May 2017, Biological Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Ignacio Moore

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Dr. Ben Vernasco

Post Doctoral Fellow

Ben defended his PhD in August 2019. He is currently working with Dr. Heather Watts as a postdoctoral scholar at Washington State University.

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

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Dr. Carl Wepking

Executive Director, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative at Colorado State University

Carl defended his Ph.D dissertation in August of 2018. He is currently at Colorado State University as the Executive Director of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative within the School of Environmental Sustainability.

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

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Dr. Maya Wilson

 

Maya defended her PhD in November 2019.

VT Advisor: Dr. Jeff Walters, Department of Biological Sciences

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Dr. Lauren Wind

 

Lauren defended her PhD in December 2020.

VT Advisor: Dr. Leigh-Anne Krometis, Department of Biological Systems Engineering