Erin Hotchkiss has been named as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, part of the College of Science.
Hotchkiss earned her bachelor of science in environmental studies at Emory University in 2003, a master’s in zoology and physiology from University of Wyoming in 2007, and a doctoral degree in ecology, also from the University of Wyoming in 2013.
Recently, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Umeå University in Sweden and the University of Quebec in Montreal in Canada.
A freshwater ecologist, she primarily works in streams and rivers, focusing her research on empirical data and statistical models in order to link biological and physical processes with carbon and nutrient sources, cycling, and fate.
She seeks to quantify effects of environmental change on water quality and ecosystem function and, among other targets, monitor changing resources in freshwater food webs.
Hotchkiss is one of 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty members to join the College of Science and its affiliated programs this year. The college is made up of eight departments, including biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics, in addition to the new Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience and the Academy of Integrated Science. The academy includes includes programs in nanoscience, computational modeling and data analytics, systems biology, the Integrated Science Curriculum, and the minor, science technology and the law.