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Summer 2016

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Table of Contents: Spring 2016

From the Dean's Perspective

We enter the fall semester with our largest class ever of new undergraduate students, which includes entering freshman and students transferring from other institutions.

Research Spotlight

Project examines land management practices and climate change

A new project will help scientists to look many decades ahead and predict the effectiveness of land management practices to mitigate climate change.

Limited water resources may pose threats to wildlife and humans in dryland Africa

In sensitive dryland regions where surface water resources are scarce, limiting the access of elephants and other wildlife to water through human development can impact water quality and, potentially, human health, researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE.

Researchers help design incentive programs to rid South America of invasive beaver

North American beavers have wiped out 30 percent of forests along rivers and streams in Tierra del Fuego, at the southern tip of South America, causing the greatest landscape change to these fragile forests in the last 10,000 years.

Community livelihoods depend upon accurate wildlife estimates

Evidence of wildlife passage, such as tracks, scat, fur, and disturbed surroundings, is a more accurate tool for assessing wildlife conservation status than actual encounters with animals, according to an international team of scientists.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Teresa Martinez — A lot of hard work and a little trail magic

Though tales of “magic” and “angels” abound on our national scenic trails, the real magic is in alumna Teresa Martinez’s hard work and dedication to preserving these natural areas.

Austen receives Cross Alumni Leadership Award

Douglas J. Austen, executive director of the American Fisheries Society, received the Gerald H. Cross Alumni Leadership Award from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation and the college’s Leadership Institute.

Donor Profile: Brent Keefer — Good stewardship is good business

Brent Keefer has devoted himself to the belief that good stewardship of resources is good business. While the endless meetings, phone calls, and emails he faces as president of the Hancock Timber Resource Group may seem boring to some, Keefer sees them as an opportunity to help his employees and investors connect with sustainable resource management on a personal level.

Additional alumni news

We love hearing about all the great things going on with our alumni — awards, promotions, retirements, etc. Regrettably, we don’t have enough space in the newsmagazine to print them all. You can now catch up with former classmates and fellow Hokies online.


Modern family — Age-old traditions are fading on the savannah

When you pay for a lunch or help a friend move, are you, in effect, buying insurance against a future need? Yes, if you are Maasai.

High-tech forestry research flourishes in rural Virginia

High-tech research on forests, nestled in a pastoral setting, offering outreach to citizens — the Reynolds Homestead has it all.

Awards and Honors

Outstanding graduates

Congratulations to our outstanding graduates: graduating senior, Natalee Yates; master’s student, Brian Parkhurst; and doctoral student, Lindsey Rich.

Outstanding recent alumna

Kathryn Prociv received this year’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award – Graduate Degree in recognition of her early career accomplishments.

Student Notes

No geographical boundaries for online natural resources program

Working toward a master’s degree in natural resources has been part of Lowaeli Damalu’s life for the past six years and her dream for even longer. On May 15, she attended the Virginia Tech National Capital Region Commencement to receive her degree, having traveled more than 7,600 miles from Tanzania to attend.

Students dominate outdoor writing and photo contest

Students in the college continue to uphold the university’s tradition of success in the annual VOWA/Dominion Resources annual Collegiate Undergraduate Writing and Photo Contest, taking home eight of 12 awards in the 2015-16 competition.

Mitcham inducted into Keystone Fellows

Maddie Mitcham of Virginia Beach, a sophomore double majoring in geography and international studies, has been inducted into the inaugural cohort of Keystone Fellows.

Cadet highlights colors at Miami game

In a continuing partnership between the Virginia Tech football team and the Corps of Cadets, players and cadets are selected to highlight the colors — the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag — during the pre-game ceremonies at each game.

College News

Redesigned website highlights Virginia’s largest trees

The state’s big trees might seem even a little “bigger” on the Virginia Big Tree Program’s newly redesigned website.

College partners with Blacksburg Children’s Museum to showcase geospatial technology, weather

Visitors to the Blacksburg Children’s Museum now have a view of where they are in space and time thanks to an interactive geospatial exhibit with a wall-sized satellite image of the region and historical images of past decades. 

Congressman Morgan Griffith visits Research Aviary

Prompted by his longtime interest in birds, Congressman Morgan Griffith visited the college’s new aviary in May to learn about its research. The aviary, which opened in fall 2015, is one of few such university facilities in the region.

Protecting America’s water supply with forestry best management practices

America’s 700 million acres of forest filter two-thirds of the country’s water supply, but logging and other activities can spill debris into waterways. Forestry faculty Mike Aust, Chad Bolding, Scott Barrett, and John Munsell completed a two-year investigation into the protocols state forestry agencies use to safeguard water.

Cantore returns!

Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel made his second trip to the Cube at the Moss Arts Center, where he previously “walked” through a tornado in 3-D, re-created by a team of meteorology faculty and students.

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.

Celebrate with Us

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