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 began a post doctoral appointment in August 2016 with the USGS Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. She has been 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


Jonathan Doubek

Assistant Professor

Current Position: Jonathan defended his Ph.D dissertation in May 2018. As of summer 2019, he joins the Lake Superior State University School of Natural Resources and Environment as an Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology.

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


Tamara Fetters

Current Position: Tamara defended her Ph.D. dissertation in August 2018.

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 joined the faculty in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. Freshwater Conservation Ecology Lab at Clemson University.

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


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


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 started a post-doctoral position in August ’17. She is 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

Ben Vernasco

Ben Vernasco

Post Doctoral Fellow

Current Position: .

VT Advisor: Dr. Ignacio Moore