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.
Earlier this month, the first-ever Water & Health in Rural China & Appalachia Conference kicked off at Virginia Tech on the Blacksburg campus. This event also marked the formal inclusion of Virginia Tech in a collaborative research program with researchers from UC Berkeley and China.
While bats are often portrayed as scary in myths and folklore, especially around Halloween, they play a critical role as insect regulators and pollinators. At Virginia Tech, assistant professors Kate Langwig and Joe Hoyt focus their research on endangered bats and the proliferation of the fungal disease white nose syndrome.
In a new study, a team led by Virginia Tech researchers discovered that in its 200 years of being cultivated and domesticated, florist’s gloxinia, Sinningia speciosa, has reached tremendous levels of physical variation and originates from a single founder population.
“Hidden Rivers,” a film 10 years in the making, explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, which are home to North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows conservation biologists and explorers as they find ways to protect the beautiful and delicate life within our rivers, streams, and lakes.
Kelly Cobourn has been exploring the ecological impact of humans on lakes, as well as how these bodies of water can impact people, with a goal of producing a new model for use in protecting and maintaining lakes.
In a remarkable evolutionary discovery, a team of scientists co-led by a Virginia Tech geoscientist has discovered what could be among the first trails made by animals on the surface of the Earth roughly a half-billion years ago.
A group of researchers, led by Quinn Thomas, associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to tackle environmental challenges with the creation of a new network.
A Virginia Tech research team has discovered that native animals are diminishing as invasive plants gain a foothold in their habitats. Their study, which took place over a two-year period, is published in the journal Global Change Biology.