Examples of invasive species threatening Virginia include a sap-sucking invasive insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid, which has decimated the hemlock tree population, and the spotted lanternfly, which attacks grapes, peaches, hops, and many tree species.
A new study by Virginia Tech researchers of disease transmission in bats has broad implications for understanding hidden or "cryptic" connections that can spread diseases between species and lead to large-scale outbreaks.
These giant salamanders were once common in streams across the eastern United States, but have experienced drastic population declines in the past 30 years due to habitat loss caused by erosion and pollution and are increasingly threatened by climate change.
William A. Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, has been appointed chair to a committee of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: The Review of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Laboratories: Processes, Procedures, and Best Practices to Meet National Needs.
Using various biomechanical systems in animals, the researchers have demonstrated that mechanical relationships in the structural traits of animals impart distinct, predictable footprints on biological diversity. Specifically, morphological traits that more strongly impact the way an animal moves also evolve faster.
Cases of mange in animals are on the rise worldwide, and a team of Virginia Tech researchers is spearheading a local and international effort to coordinate the research among a global network of experts studying mange in wildlife.
Virginia Tech researcher Leah Johnson, in collaboration with a colleague at Imperial College London, created VectorBiTE RCN to encourage the collection and consolidation of key data and development of analytical tools to better understand the behavior of vectors, such as mosquitoes and ticks, in disease transmission.
Cayelan Carey, an assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Science, is an expert in freshwater ecology who studies how human activities, land use, and climate change alter water quality in freshwater lakes and reservoirs
Assistant Professor Kelly Cobourn’s work will contribute to an understanding of food security via the integration of socioeconomic and biophysical models, as well as the streamlining of data tools used in assessing food security issues.