As part of a new, $5.3 million five-year National Science Foundation grant, Holbrook and collaborators at eight other universities in the U.S. and Canada will study the delicate and complex balance of processes — physical, hydrological, biological, and chemical — of the Earth's critical zone.
The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition will use new funding to increase awareness about forest farming, improve producer capacity, and strengthen market connections for forest farmers in Appalachia and beyond.
The ambitious collaborative project will utilize remote sensing technology, isotopic tracing, and manipulative field studies to develop a comprehensive model of water and nutrient flow through forested watersheds and streams.
Vicki Arroyo, founding executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, will describe the consequences of climate change and how government and community leaders are shifting to cleaner energy sources and adapting to new environmental conditions. The free lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke.
Associate Professor Jason Holliday will work with the American Chestnut Foundation to research methods for utilizing genetic diversity as part of broader efforts to introduce disease-resistant American chestnuts to U.S. forests.
Virginia Tech scientists have found that in regions where oilfield wastewater disposal is widespread — and where injected water has a higher density than deep naturally occurring fluids — earthquakes are getting deeper where heavy wastewater has sunk.
The study, in collaboration with Auburn University, West Virginia University, and the University of Maine, will examine the collection of branches, tops, and other residue materials to determine how to make them an economically viable resource.