Krisangel Lopez, a first-year Ph.D. student in Jonathan Auguste’s lab at Virginia Tech, received the fellowship to research how migratory birds can transmit diseases and which pathogens they may carry.
The 17-year cicada, or periodical cicada emergence, is a fascinating phenomenon that will cause a lot of noise in the Southwest Virginia region. The emergence of cicada brood IX this year will be a warm up for the larger emergence of brood X next year, which will cover many more states and areas.
The digital collection will include the digitized physical picture or 3D model of the insect and metadata including measurements, chemical compositions, ancient DNA information, and other biological or geographical information.
Bee boxes, often called bee “houses” or “hotels,” offer an opportunity to learn about Virginia’s solitary bees while helping pollinators. However, if constructed improperly or neglected after installation, these habitats can actually be harmful to solitary bees.
Mayflies have been disappearing at alarming rates throughout the United States, and through use of radar technology the rate of decline of these insects can now be determined. Losing these mayflies can have a distinct negative impact on our environment, and Sally Entrekin is working to find out why they are dying off.
Global Opportunity Initiative is a faculty development program the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Global Programs office launched last year with the goal of helping early-career faculty to address complex research challenges, refine their research pitch and build collaborative relationships with organizations active in global agricultural engagement.
“These dragonflies emerge from the water from July through October with peak numbers in September, and begin migrating south. Based on the public observations, there appears to be a lot more dragonflies this year than in previous years.”
During her two decades at Virginia Tech, Miller has focused on tackling new and difficult problems facing urban pest management. Her research has centered on a wide variety of urban pests, including German cockroaches, subterranean termites, fire ants, and bed bugs.