Michelle Stocker finds fossils of worm-lizard from 40 million years ago

From VT News

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 29, 2016 – A new species of an extinct, tiny worm-like lizard – dating back some 40 million years ago when the world’s climate was far different – has been found in rural West Texas, and given a nickname befitting its one-time home: Solastella, Latin for Lone Star.

The description of the fossil was made by Michelle Stocker, now a research scientist with Virginia Tech’s Department of Geosciences, part of the College of ...

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NYT’S: Landmark Climate Accord in Paris

From the New York Times:

December 12, 2015: With the sudden bang of a gavel Saturday night, representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change.

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Measuring the Climate-Services of Forests

From WVTF Radio

Listen to the radio broadcast by Robbie Harris

October was the sixth month in a row of the warmest temperatures ever recorded.  That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  And El Nino is not fully to blame. Greenhouse gas emissions are a big part of the problem.  Researchers at Virginia Tech and Sweet Briar College are working on ways to remove more of it from the air.

Here’s how Thomas O’Halloran explains the difference between weather and ...

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Cathy Jachowski and VDGIF capture rare footage of hellbender nests and eggs

Hellbenders! The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) tagged along with Cathy Jachowski and Bill Hopkins to learn more about how these unusual animals live and how they guard their eggs. This VDGIF video features some rare footage of hellbender egg collection and underwater use of artificial nest boxes!

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IGEPs discuss Merchants of Doubt documentary

merchantsThree Virginia Tech interdisciplinary graduate education programs (IGEPs) recently met in Torgerson Hall to discuss the documentary film, “Merchants of Doubt”. ...

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New Course- Biology 6064: Freshwaters in the Anthropocene

BIOL 6064: Spring Semester 2015
2 credits- M/W 9:05-9:55am

Dr. Cayelan Carey is teaching a new special topics graduate course in the spring, ‘Freshwaters in the Anthropocene,’ which will be centered on reading discussions of research papers and policy-related documents (e.g., the EU Water Framework Directive), as well as a few in-class modeling exercises and lectures.  The overall goal of the course is to examine the effects and interactions of altered climate, eutrophication, invasive species, and unsustainable ...

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Jacob Barney’s research in PNAS: New pasture plants intensify risk of invasive species

From VT News

In quest for greener pastures, don’t plant invasive species, researchers say

BLACKSBURG, December 2, 2014 – Few agribusinesses or governments regulate the types of plants that farmers use in their pastures to feed their livestock, according to an international team of researchers that includes one plant scientist from Virginia Tech. The problem is most of these so-called pasture plants are invasive weeds.

In a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study this month, the scientists recommended tighter ...

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The 2014 National Climate Assessment is released!

A public letter from:

Dr. John P. Holdren
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House

climateassessment“Today, we released the third National Climate Assessment report, by far the most comprehensive look ever at climate change impacts in the United States.

Based on four years of work by hundreds of experts from government, academia, corporations, and public-interest organizations, the Assessment confirms abundant ...

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Virginia Tech gets $3.4 million for Gulf oil spill research

From VT News

Researchers from Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment have received a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on piping plovers, shorebirds that have been listed as threatened since 1986.

Breeding populations of piping plovers exist in three distinct locations — the Atlantic Coast, the American and Canadian Great Plains, and the Great Lakes — but birds from ...

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