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Winter 2016

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Table of Contents: Fall 2016

College News

A new student council for the college

The fall 2015 semester brought a new academic year, and, for the college, a new student council, formed by a group in last year’s Leadership Institute.

Sullivan named department head

Professor Jay Sullivan has been selected as head of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation after an international search.

WEI turns the tables

Each year, the Wood Enterprise Institute, a student-run entrepreneurial venture, uses a concept-to-market business approach to plan, design, manufacture, sell, and distribute a product, such as wooden coasters, cuttings boards, and bookends. This year’s team has taken on an ambitious challenge.

Day helps develop sustainable sites initiative

Associate Professor Susan Day initiated national discussions in 2007 that culminated with the recent rollout of the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes.

New geospatial, forest products publications

New publications make remotely sensed images more accessible to those working in geospatial sciences and help guide owners of new forest products firms.

New sponsor for Virginia Master Naturalist program

The Virginia Master Naturalist program welcomes the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Center for Coastal Resources Management as its newest sponsoring agency.

Expanding forest study with access to new research station

The college has increased its capacity to study forests and how such landscapes influence climate by adding O’Halloran to the forest resources faculty.

Alumni Corner

Alumni profile: Adam Layman — protector of the night sky

In his 14-year career at Staunton River State Park in Halifax County, Virginia, Adam Layman has devoted himself to preserving its natural riches.

Alum debuts novel

Chris Kohler professor emeritus of zoology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, turned from scientific writing to fiction for his first novel.

Engagement and Outreach

Bird boxes at Blacksburg High School engage students

In a partnership with Virginia Tech, approximately 50 wooden bird boxes were placed on a natural stretch of Blacksburg High School’s property.


Saving the Amazon

Scientists take a multi-faceted approach to sustaining the Amazon’s biodiversity.

Alumni circumnavigate the Delmarva Peninsula by kayak

A decade ago, Don Baugh planned a formidable 60th birthday gift for his friend Tom Horton.

Research Spotlight

Land managers gain tools to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

Being able to measure forestry and agricultural intake and emissions of carbon dioxide is critical to developing a strategy for addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gases. A team of 38 scientists has developed science-based methods for measuring changes in greenhouse gases.

Research aims to preserve the Great Plains by controlling woody shrubs

A team of scientists from four universities received a $1.3 million grant from the NSF to determine how to slow the encroachment of woodlands that is occurring on the Great Plains.

Training key to improving citizen scientist-collected data

Using volunteer “citizen scientists” to collect data seems like an ideal way for budget-strapped agencies and nonprofits to augment their workforce.

Researchers investigate human-natural feedbacks in freshwater systems

A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Kelly Cobourn will examine the linkages between humans and freshwater quality using an NSF grant.

Scientists tap trees’ evolutionary databanks to discover environment adaptation strategies

Researchers have been using the gene function of a small, simple, model plant to learn about and sequence hundreds of tree genomes for decades. However, a research team recently developed a new strategy to learn about trees’ genetics.

Successful natural resource management built on trust

Trust is an important driver of collaboration, conflict resolution, and enhanced group performance in the management of natural resources. Four forms of trust may play a role in building resilient collaborations.

Study on New River trotlines reveals changing traditions in fishing

While the popularity of fishing for smallmouth bass is on the rise in Virginia’s New River, the decades-old practice of fishing for catfish using trotlines is fading, according to a recent study.

Antibiotic resistance in Africa

Multidrug resistance was found across land types, from areas of human habitation to protected areas such as Chobe National Park.

Successful ecological restoration must meet more robust standards

In a succession of international agreements, governments worldwide have pledged to restore degraded ecosystems to address climate change.

Habitat model to help protect piping plover

Doctoral student Katherina Gieder has created a model combining sea-level rise, shoreline change, geomorphology features, and piping plover nesting habitat suitability to help managers protect the birds.

Student Notes

Deveau interns at the White House

Alena Deveau of Fairfax, Virginia, received a rare opportunity last summer, joining about 130 students selected to experience public service at its finest in the White House Internship Program.

Students attend Pack Expo

A dozen packaging students traveled to Las Vegas for the 2015 Pack Expo.

Tech-savvy sophomore only student on interdisciplinary water study team in Africa

Environmental informatics major Paige Williams of Radford, Virginia, served on an interdisciplinary team conducting field research on multiple-use water services in Burkina Faso.

Leadership Institute

The sixth student cohort of the college’s Leadership Institute visited the Virginia Department of Forestry headquarters in Charlottesville in January.

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

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