The Search For Giant, Rare Salamanders That Live In Georgia

(Header image: Juvenile hellbender salamander. Photo by Bita Honarvar for WABE)

In the deep woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a cold, clear stream flows. Below a canopy of twisted rhododendrons, seven people in black wetsuits creep upstream through the water. They look like Gollum, sleek in their neoprene, crouching in the water, feeling under rocks.

They’re looking for a kind of giant salamander known as ...

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Dr. William Hopkins to deliver keynote speech at Graduate School Commencement ceremony on Dec. 14

Judge Josiah Showalter Jr. ’84 and William Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, will deliver the keynote addresses at Virginia Tech’s 2018 fall University and Graduate School Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 14.

Showalter will speak to undergraduate students at the University Ceremony, which begins with a procession at 10:30 a.m., and Hopkins ...

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Eastern Hellbender conservation efforts spotlighted on latest episode of Save Our Town series

In the latest episode of Save Our Towns, Ann Brown presents efforts to save the Eastern hellbender. Bill Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and Director of the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech, describes these salamanders as a national treasure. After the segment was recorded, the National Science Foundation awarded a $738,817 grant to a Virginia Tech research team ...

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Fish and wildlife graduate students receive research fellowships

From VT News

June 25, 2018

Two graduate students from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment have received fellowships that will pave the way for significant contributions to their fields of study as well as increased career opportunities.

Master’s degree student Brian Case, of Rochester, New York, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, valued at more than $130,000. He ...

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William Hopkins receives Mitchell A. Byrd Award for outstanding achievement in ornithology

From VT News

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Amanda Carter accepts a postdoctoral position at University of Tennessee

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.

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Valentina starts graduate School in Nevada!

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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Study Abroad in ECUADOR! Spring 2018


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, ...

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