While orders to “kill it immediately” have been making headlines recently in Georgia and South Carolina, the Northern Snakehead fish has been in the United States for more than a decade. Virginia Tech fish and wildlife experts who have been monitoring its activity in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay caution against knee-jerk reactions to the species from reading these headlines.
In the new role housed within the Facilities Department, Jamie King will be responsible for overall planting, health care, safety, and general maintenance of trees on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus.
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.
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.
Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech has a goal to raise $1.5 billion to fuel excellence across all university programs and drive forward major strategic priorities. A second goal is to engage 100,000 alumni in meaningful ways over the course of the campaign.
Udall Scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership, a dedication to public service, and a commitment to environmental issues, particularly as they relate to Native American communities.
Orth, who joined the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation in 1980, is the creator of Virginia Tech Ichthyology, a blog he uses to share stories and news about fisheries research, education, and other issues.
Reed is deployed to the United Arab Emirates as a member of the 380th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron. She is the weather operations flight commander, overseeing a team that provides environmental intelligence.