Mission

Our mission is to advance interdisciplinary scholarship and education to address critical global changes impacting the environment and society.
We achieve our mission by providing a framework that encourages, facilitates, and rewards interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach across the intellectual landscape of Virginia Tech.


To promote solutions to rapid environmental changes that affect society, the Global Change Center:

  • Elevates Virginia Tech as an innovative international leader in global-change science, from basic research to development of science-based solutions that inform actions and policy.
  • Establishes and nurtures a collaborative, inclusive, and well-integrated interdisciplinary research community of diverse faculty with expertise that spans disciplines across the biophysical sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities.  
  • Recruits and retains the most innovative faculty and students in the world to Virginia Tech.
  • Facilitates, promotes, and rewards novel cross-campus research collaborations amongst specialists in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Develops real-world solutions to global challenges such as habitat restoration, disease and invasive species mitigation strategies, water quality monitoring and forecasting, policy recommendations, and carbon management. 
  • Creates novel interdisciplinary research, leadership, and communication training for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers from diverse disciplines.
  • Generates novel experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates to include research with our world renowned faculty and science policy fellowship in Washington D.C.