Amanda Wilson Carter accepted a postdoctoral research position in the lab of Dr. Kimberly Sheldon in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. Research will explore the role of maternal effects in species responses to climate change using dung beetles as a model system. Amanda will also work with collaborators to jumpstart a research and outreach program with high school students in the East Band of the Cherokee Indians.Read More →
After traveling the globe, Valentina Alaasam accepted a MS position in the Department of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno! Valentina is working with Dr. Jenny Ouyang, an evolutionary physiologist who studies endocrine adaptations of songbirds in a rapidly changing world.
Congrats Valentina! We are so proud of you!
Photo credit (Parus major): By Francis Franklin (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons
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Dr. Ignacio Moore (BIOL) and Dr. William Hopkins (FWC) are offering “Tropical Ecology & Conservation BIOL 3954/FIW 3954 (6 credits)” in Spring and Summer I 2018. The course is open to all majors. The Spring course will be taught on campus.
During Summer I, the class will travel to Ecuador where students will traverse multiple ecosystems, from the Amazonian lowland rainforest to the high altitude Andes. Students will visit one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, ...Read More →
Sydney Hope, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation and a Fellow in the Interfaces of Global Change IGEP, recently received a travel award from the National Science Foundation’s GROW Program (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide). The GROW Program expands opportunities for graduate students to engage in international research collaboration.
During Spring and Summer 2018, Sydney will travel to the town of Villiers-en-Bois in western France to work with her sponsoring scientist, Dr. Frédéric Angelier, at the Centre d’Etudes Biologiques ...Read More →
Congratulations to Amanda Wilson Carter, a former FLeDGE student and post-baccalaureate research fellow in the Hopkins Lab. Amanda successfully defended her dissertation at Illinois State University on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Her seminar was titled:
The oversimplification of thermal conditions in both empirical treatments and theoretical applications has hindered our ability to understand how organisms respond to natural temperature variation. This is particularly problematic given that climate change is manifesting as an ...Read More →
William Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and director of the Global Change Center, has received the Graduate School’s 2017 Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award.
Sponsored by the Graduate School, the new award, to be presented annually, recognizes excellence in mentoring graduate students. Recipients are nominated by graduate students, and one professor from each college receives an award.
Hopkins’ research focuses on physiological ecology and wildlife ecotoxicology, addressing pressing questions in both basic and ...Read More →
John D. Willson, a former postdoc in the Hopkins Lab and current faculty member at the University of Arkansas, recently published a paper in the Journal of Applied Ecology titled, “Indirect effects of invasive Burmese pythons on ecosystems in southern Florida”.
Willson’s research paper was later highlighted in the online magazine, Anthropocene, published by Future Earth:
By Brandon Keim | February 8, 2017
The Florida Everglades are one of Earth’s biological marvels, ...Read More →
Sydney Hope, a Ph.D. student in the Hopkins Lab, visited Franklin County High School on Friday, November 4, 2016 to speak about her research and experience as a scientist as part of the school’s “Moment of Science” program. The “Moment of Science” takes place during the activity period on select days and the school brings speakers in to talk about different aspects of science. All students from grades 9-12 are invited to attend.
Sydney spoke about her research on how incubation temperature ...Read More →
The Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiological Ecology Lab at Virginia Tech seeks to fill a Ph.D. and/or M.S. position focused on the reproductive ecology and conservation physiology of an imperiled salamander in Appalachian streams. The student’s research will focus on how habitat quality relates to parental behavior, reproductive physiology, and reproductive success of the eastern hellbender under field conditions. The research will build upon our ongoing pilot work seeking to determine ...Read More →
The Hopkins lab was pleased to host Schuyler van Montfrans, a high school biology teacher at William Fleming High School, to participate in the the RET (Research Experience for Teachers) program this summer. This program, funded by the National Science Foundation, gives local teachers the opportunity to be immersed in original research, as well as a way to bring it back to the classroom. After participating in this program last year, we are happy to announce that this year ...Read More →
When the group returned to the States, the following story appeared in VT News:
It was a place where many lessons were learned.
Ten Virginia Tech undergraduate students held onto their hats this summer as they plunged down Amazonian river systems ...Read More →
Ten Virginia Tech undergraduate students better hold onto their hats this summer as they plunge down Amazonian river systems into the heart of Ecuador. At the helm of their canoes will be Global Change Center researchers Ignacio Moore and Bill Hopkins.
As part of a university-wide effort to promote study abroad, experiential learning, and undergraduate research, the students will witness the politics, history, culture, biology, and conservation issues in the South American country from May 16 to June ...Read More →
Cathy Jachowski successfully defended her dissertation on May 9th in Fralin Auditorium. Her public seminar was titled, “Effects of Land Use and Parasitism on Hellbender Salamanders: A Multilevel Perspective”. Cathy, a member of the Hopkins Lab, is the first Interfaces of Global Change graduate student to complete a doctoral program at Virginia Tech!
Cathy will soon join the faculty in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. Congratulations, Cathy!
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An international birder who has been trying to get some migratory bird legislation passed, Congressman Morgan Griffith on Wednesday visited Virginia Tech’s new aviary on the Blacksburg campus to learn about its research.
Regarding his interest in avian legislation, Griffith (R-VA) joined Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) in introducing the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act (H.R. 2280) on May 12, 2015. Applying strictly to federal government buildings, the legislation requires new buildings to include bird-safe building materials and design features ...Read More →