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Fall 2016

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Table of Contents: Fall 2016

From the Dean's Perspective

For the second year in a row, USA Today has ranked the college as the nation’s best for studying natural resources and conservation! Our forestry program also received a top ranking. We are immensely proud of this recognition.

College News

Hosner named honorary founding dean

John Hosner, named professor emeritus of forestry in 1992, has been recognized with the additional tribute of “honorary founding dean” of the College of Natural Resources and Environment by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Center for Natural Resources and Decision Support transitions leadership

Scott Klopfer has been named director of CeNRADS, succeeding Stephen Prisley, who accepted a position with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement.

Achievable Dream Academy students visit CNRE

Sixteen high school students from An Achievable Dream Academy in Newport News, Virginia, experienced a one-of-a-kind internship this summer.

Kline named Charles Blakeslee Nettleton Faculty Fellow

D. Earl Kline, professor of wood process control in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, has been named the Charles Blakeslee Nettleton Faculty Fellow in Forest Products by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Order 2017 wildlife calendar highlighting students’ research

Students in the college’s Fish and Wildlife Graduate Student Association (FIWGSA) are selling 2017 calendars highlighting their work around the world. Each month features a photo taken by a student.

Faculty Briefs

Peterson receives President’s Excellence Award

Laboratory Specialist John Peterson has received the university’s 2016 President’s Award for Excellence.

Hallerman advises FDA on approving world’s first genetically modified animal

When federal regulators declared the AquAdvantage salmon fit to eat last fall, it became the world’s first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption.

Munsell awarded $1.4 million for agroforestry projects

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist John Munsell has been awarded a total of $1.4 million to expand uses of agroforestry to enhance farm and forest production while achieving strategic conservation goals.

Promotions and tenure

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has granted several college faculty promotions and approvals for tenure.

Farewell to Steve McMullin!

Co-workers, colleagues, family, and friends gathered to thank Steve McMullin for a job well done and offer best wishes for him during retirement.

Carstensen earns Distinguished Mentor Award

Professor Bill Carstensen has received the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award from the National Council for Geographic Education.


New technology has endless applications for natural resources management

Understanding landscapes and their assets is vital for sound management of natural resources. But in remote areas, the time and cost associated with data collection can hinder research efforts. Through the use of drones, college researchers are working to overcome those limitations.

Wildlife graduate student finds camera traps an effective tool for studying African wildlife communities

When most people think of Africa, they picture sprawling savannahs and big cats stalking through tall grasses. But with predator populations in Africa declining by as much as 80 percent, the image of that landscape is changing. To help protect it, researchers are finding new ways to understand animal populations.

Student Notes

Crane’s passion takes her to Tanzania and Madagascar

Senior wildlife conservation major Paige Crane of Blacksburg has a passion for wildlife matched only by her sense of adventure, taking her far beyond the classroom.

Water Center welcomes first intern

Protecting water resources needs a multi-faceted approach. Last spring, senior Taylor Richmond got to experience what that means through a new semester-long paid internship in the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

Service-learning projects a part of green building course

In Associate Professor Daniel Hindman’s Green Building Systems course (SBIO 3324), students not only discuss the definition of green building, concepts in green building structures, and the various green building certification systems, they participate in service-learning projects to practice what they’ve learned.

Students selected as undergraduate research ambassadors

Alexandra Flevarakis and Ryan Mowrey from the college have been selected in a competitive search as ambassadors for Virginia Tech's Office of Undergraduate Research for the 2016-17 academic year.

Research Spotlight

Researchers look to expand market for cross-laminated timber

Associate Professor Daniel Hindman has researched high-performance wood composites for the better part of a decade. Four years ago, he seized the chance to help develop a material made from North American lumber that would be strong enough to replace concrete.

New mapping approach reveals benefits, shortcomings of flood-control strategies

It should come as no surprise that urban areas, with impenetrable rooftops and parking lots, contribute to flooding. But natural and manmade structures within the watersheds that serve urban and rural areas can influence the path and speed of water.

Fish species, rural livelihoods threatened by new dams

Advocates of huge hydroelectric dam projects on the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong rivers often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity.

Call to decrease salt introduction in fresh water to protect biodiversity

An international, multi-institutional team of researchers recommends ways that humans can protect fresh water from salts in an article in the journal Science.

Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Paul Trianosky uses forestry to promote conservation values

As chief conservation officer for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Trianosky works to develop conservation standards and programs for landowners and companies who want to become engaged in conservation efforts.

Hyman making a difference in Tanzania

Amanda Hyman earned her master’s in fish and wildlife conservation last December and within a month was on her way to Tanzania. Awaiting her was a position with Korongo People’s Lion Initiative, an NGO dedicated to inspiring local action to promote sustainable human-lion coexistence in multi-use landscapes.

WEI tables stay in the CNRE ‘family’

In the winter issue, we reported that the Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI) had taken on the challenge of producing several large tables using historic oak and sycamore wood from sites on campus.

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.

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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