Accepting Applications: William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow Award

Announcement:

The William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow Award application for 2016 is now available (http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/walker-award/).  It is intended for individuals pursuing graduate work in water resources who have an undergraduate degree that did not have a water resources emphasis, or individuals with work experience returning to graduate school to study water resources.  Applications are due May 20, 2016.


William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow Award

Announcements and Application

Graduate students from Virginia Tech are ...

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Water professor Stephen Schoenholtz attends White House Water Summit

From VT News

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday is World Water Day, and the White House is bringing the issues of water to the public forefront at a special Water SummitStephen Schoenholtz, coordinator of Virginia Tech’s new bachelor’s degree in water: resources, policy, and management, will present the university’s commitment to water sustainability and security at the summit.

The event will be live-streamed beginning at 9 a.m. ET on March 22.

The White House Office of Science and Technology selected Virginia Tech ...

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Global Change Fellows and Ecology graduate students meet with NSF Program Officer

Dr. Cayelan Carey recently hosted Dr. Michael Vanni, Professor of Zoology at the University of Miami-Ohio for an EEB seminar in Fralin Auditorium. Dr. Vanni’s presentation was titled “Farms, fish, phosphorus, and phytoplankton: Watershed subsidies and food webs regulate ecosystem dynamics in an agricultural reservoir.”

Dr. Vanni is a renowned freshwater ecology and fisheries expert; his lab studies the ecology of lakes and their surrounding landscapes, particularly focusing on how watersheds and lake food webs interact to regulate nutrient cycling ...

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Maya Wilson receives Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation

Maya Wilson, an IGC IGEP Fellow and Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences, was recently awarded a Rufford Foundation small grant to support her research on Bahama swallows.

Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation (RSGs) are intended to support small-scale or pilot projects with a nature, biodiversity, or conservation focus. The Foundation prefers to support projects which go beyond a species-specific focus to provide habitat protection at a wider scale. The overriding requirement is that the work must be structured to provide long-lasting and practical ...

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GCC Faculty Retreat a success

The Global Change Center (GCC) held a retreat for GCC-affiliated faculty on Friday, February 19, 2016. This strategic planning and visioning event was held at the Skelton Conference Center and 30 faculty members from across campus participated in a full day of activities.

Retreat highlights:

Dr. Dennis Dean, Director of the Fralin Life Science Institute, provided opening remarks regarding Virginia Tech’s plans to identify “Destination Areas”, or cross-university signature strengths. These proposed areas will be used to differentiate Virginia Tech in the ...

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Jon Doubek receives NSF Doctoral Dissertation Grant

We are pleased to announce that IGC Fellow, Jonathan Doubek, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant!

The grant will support Jon’s work in the Carey lab on zooplankton in freshwater lakes and reservoirs.  These organisms play a critical role in the food web and overall water quality in these ecosystems and a major factor in the negative impact of human activities.  The project is part of ...

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GCC Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Josh Tewksbury at the Lyric Theatre April 21st

SAVE THE DATE!

The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech is pleased to welcome:

DR. JOSH TEWKSBURY
Director, Colorado Global Hub, Future Earth

LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
Science, Sustainability and Society

Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 4:45-5:45 p.m. | The Lyric Theatre

Dr. Josh Tewksbury is an ecologist, conservation biologist, and planetary health scientist with experience both in academia and in civil society.  He is currently the Director of the Colorado Global Hub, at Future Earth; Research Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder; and Senior ...

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Global Change Center seed grants awarded for 2015-16

Each year, the Global Change Center (GCC) at Virginia Tech accepts proposals from GCC faculty to support interdisciplinary research that will lead to collaborative proposals submitted to extramural funding sources. We seek projects that link multiple faculty programs and take advantage of unique combinations of expertise at VT, have societal implications and/or a policy component, deal with emerging global change issues that have regional significance, and have high potential to eventually leverage external resources.

This year’s faculty grants were award in December.

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Fall 2015 Lecture: Climate Change-Engineering Reality into the Debate

The Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) presents:

The Fall 2015 installment of the High and Ethel Kelly Lecture Series 

Dr. Wayne Clough, Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution and President Emeritus of Georgia Tech
Lecture Title: Climate Change: Engineering Reality into the Debate.

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: Squires Haymarket Theatre, 129 Squires Student Center

Wayne Clough served as the 10th President of the Georgia Institute of Technology from ...

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New in Nature: how to solve the world’s biggest problems

“Interdisciplinarity has become all the rage as scientists tackle climate change and other intractable issues. But there is still strong resistance to crossing borders.”

See the latest issue of Nature, which features a variety of articles on this topic:

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The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP welcomes eight new Ph.D. fellows

The Interfaces of Global Change Program will begin its third year with a banner recruitment class of eight new Ph.D. students! A private reception to welcome the incoming class of 2015-16 was held on August 26, 2015 in the Fralin Hall Atrium.

Meet our new fellows:

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Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Harvard historian and author, to give 2015 Distinguished Lecture

From VT News:

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 25, 2015 – Naomi Oreskes, a world-renowned science historian who focuses on understanding scientific consensus and dissent in relation to environmental science, will visit Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

She will give a 4 p.m. distinguished lecture entitled “Should We Trust Science? Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science” at the Lyric Theatre, followed by a question and answer period and book signing.

The event, coordinated by the Global Change Center at Virginia ...

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Open Access Week: Victoria Stodden to speak on campus October 22nd

The Virginia Tech Libraries are bringing Dr. Victoria Stodden to campus to speak on Thursday October 22, 2015 as part of Open Access Week. Her keynote talk will address reproducibility as a frame for openness in computational research.

Victoria Stodden is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed both her PhD in statistics and her law degree at Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in economics ...

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GCC Seed Grant gains roots, bears fruits

Last fall, the Global Change Center released its first call for proposals to support interdisciplinary research. A team of VT researchers led by Dr. Cayelan Carey received ~$18,000 for their project titled, “Managing human needs and ecosystem services in drinking water reservoirs confronted with global change.” Dr. Carey’s team includes Dr. John LittleDr. Madeline Schreiber, and Dr. Quinn Thomas

This interdisciplinary group is currently examining the effects of altered climate on nutrient cycling and food web dynamics in four drinking-water reservoirs that supply Roanoke. Southeastern U.S. reservoirs are ...

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“Science Girls!”: IGC Fellows host K-5 summer campers

August 6, 2015

IGC Fellows Tamara Fetters and Heather Govenor recently hosted a research tour in Derring Hall for a group of summer campers from the Science Museum of Western Virginia (SMWV). The K-5 summer camp, called “Science Girls!”, featured women working in STEM-related fields, and included field trips and presentations from women who currently work in those fields.

Tamara and Heather showed the girls around the Derring Hall “lizard room”, a brown anole colony, and talked about anole ecology ...

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Postcards from the field: Angie Estrada in Panama

August 1, 2015
Postcard from Angie Estrada

“Hi All!

For the past six weeks, I have been working on collecting data for my first season and it has been super exciting! Fieldwork is much more intense and exhausting than you can imagine, but at the same time it is really fun and I have learned so much. I got to see amazing frogs, snakes, monkeys, birds, sloths and even humpback whales during my visit! I also realized that I am the luckiest person to be able ...

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VT Scientists work to preserve biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest

From VT News:

July 8, 2015

The Amazon Basin’s vast tropical rainforests, rivers, and soils are rich ecosystems vital to the basic functioning of the planet. They churn moisture into the atmosphere, sequester global carbon, regulate climate patterns, and house much of the world’s biodiversity.

But those extensive, interconnected ecosystems are increasingly fragmented and degraded by unsustainable agriculture and ranching, illegal logging, unmitigated mining, and exploitative commercial fishing practices.

Scientists from Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment — economists, fisheries ...

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Postcards from the field: Maya Wilson studies swallows in the Bahamas

July 12, 2015
Postcard from Maya Wilson

“I am just finishing up my four-month field season in The Bahamas! Overall, it has been a success!

I am here studying the Bahama Swallow, a poorly known and endangered bird species that only breeds on three islands in the northern Bahamas. I was here last summer for two months, but this is my first full season as a PhD student. I have spent most of the time on Abaco Island with my field ...

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