The center’s goal is to send at least two students to Washington, D.C., next summer, which is why it recently launched a 30-day fundraising campaign that will be matched dollar per dollar by the center.
A team of Smithsonian biologists led by Brandt Ryder worked closely with Ben Vernasco, a doctoral candidate in biology at Virginia Tech, on a study that aimed to identify characteristics that promote healthy wood thrush populations on U.S. Department of Defense land.
Kendra Sewall, an assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Science and an affiliated faculty member of the School of Neuroscience, recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER grant to expand her studies of the ‘sweet’ spot of optimum social interaction — the point at which brain function is improved.
The team — which includes ecologists, social scientists, geologists, and engineers — was awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities grant to develop a system that can create a real-time water forecast.
A Virginia Tech graduate student is out to determine whether fish farmers are growing genetically modified tilapia and whether potential escapees from farms in Ghana have mixed in with wild tilapia, potentially reducing their genetic diversity and compromising their adaptation to the local environment.
The model, supported by a National Science Foundation grant, will simulate different possible natural responses to environmental changes by considering the location and shape of a river network and the types and behavior of invertebrate species within it.
When undergraduate Matt Lacey visited Ecuador last summer as part of Virginia Tech’s Tropical Biology and Conservation in Ecuador course, he was struck by the beauty of the place: the lush cloud forests, brightly colored birds, and strange nocturnal mammals. But even more, he was struck by the people.
In the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a warm summer in January 2002 contributed to record melt and re-arranged the composition of invertebrate communities, such as nematodes and tardigrades, or “water bears” that live there, establishing dominance among water-thriving creatures.
The team argues in a literature review that more research needs to be conducted to determine how the unique topography and industries of the Appalachian region, including coal and natural gas, impact the health of people living in the region.
Laura Stange observes and analyzes the behavior patterns of pollinators around plots of native wildflowers. She will present her findings at the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium on July 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Goodwin Hall.
The two universities recently signed a memorandum of understanding to offer Hollins undergraduate students summer research experience in Virginia Tech labs, which allows students to develop relationships with faculty who anticipate recruiting graduate students within the next couple of years.
Elaine Metz and Shannen Kelly will present the results of their work with other students from various organized summer programs around campus at the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium on July 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Goodwin Hall.
Nesbitt's research focuses on the evolution of Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate fossils through major Earth events, such as climate change, and extinction events, with a keen interest in reptile evolution.
Hopkins’ research focuses on physiological ecology and wildlife ecotoxicology, addressing pressing questions in both basic and applied science. To date, he has published more than 165 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on subjects pertaining to environmental stressors, pollution, and the physiological ecology of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and bats.