The Virginia Science Festival in Blacksburg: October 4, 2014
Last weekend, the Virginia Science Festival featured a host of interactive science activities, exhibits and programs across Virginia Tech’s campus. Members of the Hopkins Lab participated in this outreach event by hosting two wildlife stations near the Moss Arts Center.
“One of our stations was called, “Life of Birds: Form and Function”. We had kids build their own bird nest ...
Once again this year, Virginia Tech demonstrated its commitment to natural resource conservation by featuring the Hopkins Lab in a 30-second, game-day “halftime spot”. Below is the most recent video, along with two others from 2012 and 2010. Go Hokies!
Representatives from Wells Fargo presented a $25,000 check in early August to Drs. Cayelan Carey (Project P.I.), John Little, and Bill Hopkins for research involving water quality in Roanoke Reservoirs. The team hopes to better understand environmental factors that influence water quality and how to best maintain clean water important to aquatic biota and humans.
Sarah Budischaksuccessfully 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!
Dr. Toddwas 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 ...
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:
A paper by Dr. Sarah DuRant and colleagues was recently featured on the cover of Biology Letters, a journal published by the Royal Society that features cutting-edge research and high impact articles. In this paper, the Hopkins’ lab reveals a potential hormonal mechanism that mediates parental effects in incubating birds.
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.
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:
A new Virginia Tech University Relations video features Dr. Bill Hopkins, associate professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, along with a number of other VT researchers engaged in hands-on learning.
Published 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.
Dr. 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.
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