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Two Students from the Hopkins Lab Receive Prestigious NSF fellowships

Gaëlle Blanvillain (Incoming PhD student) and Valentina Alasaam (recent Hopkins lab Alum) both received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation.  Gaëlle will be joining the Hopkins lab in August and will be studying the effects of land use and climate change on hellbenders.  Gaëlle joins two other current NSF GRF recipients in our lab, Sydney Hope and Brian Case.  Valentina worked in our lab for more than 4 years, and is now studying the ...

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Dr. Hopkins presents Interdisciplinary Graduate Education initiatives to VT’s Board of Visitors

Bill Hopkins had the opportunity to brief the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors on April 1, 2019 about Interdisciplinary Graduate Education initiatives at Virginia Tech.  He used his experience directing the Interfaces of Global Change IGEP to discuss how these programs benefit the University, including their impact on achieving our land grant mission, as well as their positive influence on student recruitment and the research enterprise.  This is the third time Bill has addressed the BOV over the ...

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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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