Due to  the COVID-19 pandemic and in alignment with Virginia Tech’s large event cancellation strategy, we regret that the 5th Annual IGC Graduate Research Symposium was cancelled in 2020.




April 3, 2020

Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Research Symposium


Graduate Life Center, Multipurpose Room


The fifth annual Interfaces of Global Change (IGC) Graduate Research Symposium will be a great opportunity for IGC Fellows to share their research with the entire global change community at Virginia Tech. The symposium was scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, to provide a forum for students and faculty to interact and explore connections between labs across campus.

GCC faculty affiliates and current and prospective IGC graduate students are invited to attend the annual symposium.

IGC fellows, please visit the Presentation & Abstract information page for more information.


Keynote Lecture by Patterson Clark

Photo credit: NPR

Patterson Clark will deliver the keynote address as part of the 7th Annual Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Research Symposium. Clark is senior graphics editor for POLITICO Pro. He previously worked for The Washington Post as science graphics editor and also wrote and illustrated the natural history column Urban Jungle. At the Miami Herald, he was on the team of journalists honored with the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew and its aftermath. Before that, Patterson was an op-ed illustrator and news artist for his home-state newspaper, the Arkansas Gazette.

Clark has harvested D.C.’s exotic invasive vegetation for over twenty years, exploring its potential for use as art, food, fuel and fiber. More information about his artistic work utilizing invasive plants can be found on his website at https://alienweeds.com/index.html.

Symposium Schedule

(tentative and subject to change)

8:00 – 8:45 am  –  Poster set up; refreshments available

8:55 am  –  Welcome

9:00 – 10:25 am – Oral Presentations Session 1

10:25 – 11:40 am – Poster Session Group 1

11:40 am – 12:55 pm – Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 pm – Keynote Lecture by Patterson Clark

2:15 – 2:30 pm – Break

2:30 – 3:45 pm – Oral Presentations Session 2

3:45 – 5:00 pm – Poster Session Group 2

5:00 – 6:00 pm – Reception; Platform Awards Announced