By Mike Liu | February 12, 2019
Sex and gender are two different concepts. The distinction is that sex is purely based on an individual’s reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics while gender is a person’s social role or personal identification of one’s own sex based on an internal awareness.Read More →
JANUARY 30, 2019
In a cow pasture near Shawnee in central Oklahoma, Kirk Wilson parks his work truck, grabs a harness, and prepares for a 30-foot climb.
“We’re changing the sensor at the top of the tower that measures the wind direction,” explains Wilson, a burly meteorological electronics technician with a big beard and a booming laugh.
On the ground, another tech uses a GPS receiver to make sure the sensitive instrument is properly aligned before it’s tightened in place.
When this ...Read More →
JANUARY 8, 2019
On the edge of Virginia Tech’s campus, on a stretch of farmland that few students ever visit, small boxes are whirling through the season’s change to winter, collecting and transmitting data that will make it easier for scientists to monitor and collect data across landscapes.
This field test of an environmental sensing system is one step in a project between the College of Natural Resources and Environment; Innovative Wireless Technologies, a leading wireless mesh network company headquartered ...Read More →
Spring 2019 is around the corner! Financial support is available to GCC faculty who are hosting prospective graduate students that have interest in the Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. Funds provided may help to cover the costs of inviting the student to campus, such as travel, lodging and meals. Up to $500 per student may be requested, for one student per faculty member each fiscal year.
To request IGC recruitment support, faculty should submit the following via ...Read More →
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with public health, agricultural, and academic experts to understand the possible threat posed by the spread of the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in several U.S. states since its discovery in 2017, according to today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
“The full public health and agricultural impact of this tick discovery and spread is unknown,” said Ben Beard, ...Read More →
I am currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student with Dr. Cayelan Carey at Virginia Tech in the United States. My dissertation research focuses on ...Read More →
(Header image: Juvenile hellbender salamander. Photo by Bita Honarvar for WABE)
In the deep woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a cold, clear stream flows. Below a canopy of twisted rhododendrons, seven people in black wetsuits creep upstream through the water. They look like Gollum, sleek in their neoprene, crouching in the water, feeling under rocks.
They’re looking for a kind of giant salamander known as ...Read More →
Judge Josiah Showalter Jr. ’84 and William Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, will deliver the keynote addresses at Virginia Tech’s 2018 fall University and Graduate School Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 14.
Showalter will speak to undergraduate students at the University Ceremony, which begins with a procession at 10:30 a.m., and Hopkins ...
The state is just hotter and drier than it used to be, and that’s driving a trend toward larger fires.
Fires are natural in California: Many of its ecosystems, from the chaparral of Southern California to the northern pine forests, evolved to burn frequently. But since the 1980s, the ...
As illustrated by recent hurricanes Florence and Michael, it is now more important than ever for the research and stakeholder communities of Virginia to come together to plan and prepare for such hazards as hurricanes, increased precipitation, and accelerated river and coastal flooding.
The coastal zone hosts more than half of the world’s population, large port facilities vital to the global economy, and military installations important to national ...Read More →