Sarah Budischak is now Dr. Budischak!

Sarah Budischak successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Georgia this summer. Her dissertation was titled: Causes and consequences of coinfection: insights from community ecology.

Sarah found that nematode parasites can influence condition, hematology, reproduction, and survival of African buffalo. Using new molecular techniques to identify worm species was critical, since the two most common species had opposing relationships with host fitness components.

Dr. Budischak has just accepted a post-doc at Princeton University.  Congratulations, Sarah!

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Dr. Brian Todd, former postdoc in the Hopkins Lab, is tenured

Dr. Todd was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at UC Davis in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. Since starting his position there, he has grown his lab to continue pursuing ecological research relevant to wildlife conservation. He currently has students and projects focusing on recovery of the federally threatened Mojave Desert Tortoise, studying the invasion ecology and impacts of non-native watersnakes in California, and understanding host-pathogen dynamics and how they shape ...

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Snapper Radio!

Dr. Bill Hopkins was recently featured on Jim Metzner’s Pulse of the Planet radio show! This broadcast reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners, through > 250 radio channels nationally (mostly NPR stations) and worldwide via arm forces radio.

Listen to his broadcasts about snapping turtles in these 2-minute clips:

Snappers 1: Capturing Clues


Snappers 2: Nails

Snappers 3: Mercury

Snappers 4: Ecotoxicology

 

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Cathy Jachowski and Bill Hopkins featured in VT News

Cathy Jackowski, a Ph.D. student in the Hopkins Lab, was recently featured in a news story at Virginia Tech News.

New interdisciplinary graduate education program examines the effects of global change 

Earth’s biodiversity is like a kaleidoscope made up of distinct plants and animals; however, with each year’s turn, unique and irreplaceable species disappear.

Habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, disease, and climate change are all to blame for the current rate of extinction, which is 1,000 times higher now ...

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Video: Students talk about the FLeDGE mentoring program

The Fledge mentoring program in the Hopkins Lab allows talented undergraduate students to experience in-depth research by pairing them with a current graduate student. This partnership provides the graduate students with an opportunity to hone their teaching skills. Associate Professor Bill Hopkins created the program in order to better prepare students at both levels for the next step in their educational or professional careers.

 

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Hellbender Radio

Listen to Dr. Bill Hopkins talk about hellbender ecology on Jim Metzner’s Pulse of the Planet radio show! This broadcast reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners, through more than 250 radio channels nationally (mostly NPR stations) and worldwide via arm forces radio.

Listen to his broadcasts about hellbenders in these 2-minute clips:

Hellbender Radio 1: Large Salamanders

Hellbender Radio 2: Bad Name, Good Sign

 
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Eastern hellbender research makes the cover of General and Comparative Endocrinology

gcen-227x300Published in General and Comparative Endocrinology…

Recent research conducted in the Hopkins Lab on eastern hellbender physiology makes the cover of General and Comparative Endocrinology!

Hopkins, W.A., DuRant, S.E. 2011. Innate immunity and stress physiology of eastern hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) from two stream reaches with differing habitat quality. General and Comparative Endocrinology 174:107-115.

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Dr. Bill Hopkins featured in Virginia Tech advertising campaigns

hopkins-vt-ad_webDr. Bill Hopkins was featured in a recent Virginia Tech advertising campaign. The ad below ran in a variety of outlets, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, The Blue Ridge Business Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Business, Virginia Business, Washington Business Journal, and Newsweek.

Take your education further. At Virginia Tech, we know that big ideas and inspiration ...

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Video: Alexandra Cousteau and Expedition Blue Planet visit Kingston Coal Ash Spill

Published online at Blue Legacy: Telling the Story of our Water Planet…

“Nearly two years after the TVA Kingston Coal Ash Spill, many have already forgotten its impacts on the community and the environment and yet the TVA coal ash spill is still the largest industrial spill in American history. It was six times larger in volume than the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In September 2010 Alexandra Cousteau and Expedition Blue Planet visited Kingston, Tennessee to find out ...

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