In a new study led by Joseph Hoyt, researchers have found that the pathogen levels in the environment play a major role in whether bat populations are stable or experience severe declines from white-nose syndrome.
Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, a fourth-generation beekeeper and founder and CEO of Bee Downtown, is featured as part of the public Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings some of the world’s leading scholars to Blacksburg to discuss critical environmental and societal issues in an open forum.
Professor Shuhai Xiao said the fossils are the oldest green seaweeds ever found. They were imprinted in rock taken from an area of dry land — formerly ocean — near the city of Dalian in the Liaoning Province of northern China.
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.
The new center, housed under the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, will engage with a diverse set of stakeholders, create a safe space for difficult conversations with the public around coastal-zone issues, and establish a Coastal Zone Observatory.
In a new study published in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Ashley Dayer, an assistant professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, explores the diverse factors that influence how ranchers manage their land.
Kathy Alexander, a professor of fish and wildlife conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, and her collaborators have discovered a critical link between environmental dynamics and human health.
Elected by their peers and representing a broad range of AAAS “sections,” including statistics, neuroscience, engineering, psychology, and geology/geography, the Virginia Tech professors are among 443 newly elected scholars.
Erin Hotchkiss, an ecosystem ecologist and assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, and her collaborators received the grant to study how carbon moves across land-water boundaries and the multi-scale consequences of terrestrial carbon losses for freshwater ecosystems and global carbon budgets.
Scientists will research the links between hydrological and carbon dynamics taking place in forested wetlands to better understand the role that these ecosystems play in the export, storage, and emission of carbon.