MEET OUR IGC ALUMNI

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Dr. Gifty Anane-Taabeah

Professor

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

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Dr. Rachel Brooks

Forest Health Scientist

Rachel defended her PhD dissertation in May, 2020. Dr. Brooks is now working with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

VT Advisors: Dr. Scott Salom and Dr. Anton Baudoin

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Dr. Corinne “Cordie” Diggins

Post Doctoral Fellow

Cordie 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

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Dr. Jonathan Doubek

Assistant Professor

Jonathan defended his Ph.D dissertation in May 2018. He worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Stockwell laboratory at the University of Vermont. As of summer 2019, he joined 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

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Dr. Angie Estrada

 

Angie defended her Ph.D. dissertation in November 2019.

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. Derek Hennen

Derek defended his Ph.D dissertation in April 2020. He is currently continuing research at VT with Dr. Paul Marek, and intends to seek out opportunities in Insect Collection Management.

VT Advisors: Dr. Paul Marek, Department of Entomology

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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. Sydney Hope

 

Sydney defended her Ph.D dissertation in December 2019.

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

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Dr. Cathy Jachowski

Assistant Professor

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

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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. 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. Laura Schoenle

Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Biology, Cornell University

Laura defended her Ph.D dissertation in May of 2017 and started a post-doctoral position in August ’17 investigating how immune function scales with body size in mammals. In 2018, she began working at Cornell University as the Assistant Director/ Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and Honors.

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. 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. Maya Wilson

 

Maya defended her PhD in November 2019.

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