Adam Wise, a mechanical engineering senior, will put off graduate school for one year to take part in a Fulbright research grant to study wake meandering of floating wind turbines at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Land managers, educators, policymakers, and researchers from various fields—including ecology, biology, entomology, plant pathology, policy, and the social sciences—are invited to collaborate later this month to address issues surrounding invasive species in the Mid-Atlantic region.
New research shows that, in the case of a common backyard bird, imperfect immunity to a dangerous pathogen that causes “bird pink eye” actually makes the pathogen stronger and more dangerous for its next victim.
The event is part of the annual Distinguished Public Lecture Series hosted by the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech, with funding from the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Virginia Tech Graduate School.
Teams of graduate and undergraduate students in an interdisciplinary course titled Climate Change and Societal Impacts developed recommendations for three Hampton neighborhoods affected by flooding issues.
Invasive plant species are essentially able to change in order to thrive on new continents and in different types of climates. The results have major implications for assessing the risk of invasive species and for predicting species’ responses to climate change.
The study shows that behavior can be both a brake and a motor for evolution in a manner where slowing evolution in one trait actually requires accelerating evolution in another, according to Martha Muñoz, a new assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Science and an affiliate of Virginia Tech’s Global Change Center.
Blood samples taken by first responders showed that individuals exposed to small amounts of oil from the spill suffered from hemolytic anemia — a condition that occurs when toxins enter the blood stream and damage red blood cells that carry oxygen to tissues.