New undergraduate water degree is approved by SCHEV

From VT News

Virginia Tech’s new undergraduate degree in water, approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in early December, is one of the most innovative, interdisciplinary offerings in the country and will position graduates for a wide spectrum of careers in private industry, federal and state agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

“The timing of this new program could not be better, nor more urgent,” said Brian Richter, director of global freshwater ...

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Laura Schoenle wins poster award at the SICB meeting

Laura Schoenle, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Ignacio Moore‘s lab, recently presented a poster at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) in West Palm Beach, FL.

Laura won the Best Student Poster Award in the Ecoimmunology and Disease Ecology division for the poster, “The relationship between corticosterone and haemosporidian parasites: are stress hormones key to tolerating infection?” See the abstract below.

Congratulations, Laura!

ABSTRACT

The relationship between corticosterone and ...

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Jacob Barney receives Outstanding Researcher Award from NWSS

Jacob Barney, Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science (PPWS), received the Outstanding Researcher Award at the Northeastern Weed Science Society’s (NEWSS) 69th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, VA on January 5, 2015.

Dr. Barney and his collaborators have published numerous peer-reviewed papers in journals that include a wide variety of ecology, weed science, bioenergy, and policy/law research. He has been invited to speak around the world and has served as advisor to various industry ...

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Global Change Center awards first Seed Grant

In Fall 2014, The Global Change Center (GCC) at Virginia Tech released its first call for proposals to support interdisciplinary research that will lead to collaborative proposals submitted to extramural funding sources. Priority was given to funding proposals that advance the collaborative, interdisciplinary mission of the GCC.

In January, 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.”

The team, which includes Dr. John ...

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Cordie Diggins’ research featured in Nature Conservancy Magazine

In West Virginia, conservationists have set out to revive heavily logged red spruce forests in hopes of saving an endangered flying squirrel from extinction. Cordie Diggins, a Virginia Tech doctoral student and an IGC Fellow, is featured in the following Nature Conservancy Magazine article.

Flying High

“Craig Stihler holds the squirming rodent in his gloved hands. “It’s a biter,” warns the bespectacled biologist as he handles the animal using only calm, deliberate movements. ...

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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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New interdisciplinary course: Systems Conservation

NEW GRADUATE COURSE FOR SPRING 2015

FIW 5984 : Systems Conservation of Animal Populations

Instructor: Leandro Castello

Systems Conservation of Animal Populations adopts an integrative approach to understanding problems of sustainable management and conservation of animals in natural landscapes. The course is founded on the idea that effective conservation of animal populations can only be achieved through consideration and management of broader, multifaceted factors related to natural ecosystems and human societies. The course seeks to help students conceptualize and articulate their own ...

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New Course: Theories of Globalization

Economies and Ecologies of Planetary Change

PSCI 6204/ASPT 6014
Spring Semester
Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

This 3-credit course will theorize globalization from an inter-disciplinary perspective, with special focus on the relationship between economy and ecology at the planetary scale.  How has the globalization of industrial capitalism over the past two and half centuries impacted our planet and how are we to understand the political, cultural, and social dimensions of this ongoing transformation?  What roles do humans play in shaping non-human life ...

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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, ...

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Protected forests, parks & marine sanctuaries are basic life support systems

From the New York Times

By Thomas Friedman

I PARTICIPATED in the World Parks Congress in Sydney last week and learned a new phrase: “a black elephant.” A black elephant, explained the London-based investor and environmentalist Adam Sweidan, is a cross between “a black swan” (an unlikely, unexpected event with enormous ramifications) and the “elephant in the room” (a problem that is visible to everyone, yet no one still wants to address it) even though we know ...

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