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Cathy Bodinof Jachowski Receives Tenure & Mentorship Award at Clemson University

May 10, 2023

Dr. Cathy Bodinof Jachowski, Hopkins lab PhD Alum 2016, was recently promoted with tenure to assistant professor at Clemson University in the Department of Forestry & Environmental Conservation.

She is also the 2023 recipient of Clemson’s Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry, which recognizes outstanding work with undergraduate students.

Congrats Cathy on these well-deserved accomplishments!!

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Hopkins’ Lab Study on Filial Cannibalism in Eastern Hellbenders Featured in The New York Times

April 20, 2023
Written by Eli Dolgin of the The New York Times
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The hellbender salamander has been called a lot of things. Snot otter. Mud devil. Old lasagna sides.

And now, perhaps: baby-eating cannibal, according to new research into the parental habits of these giant amphibians.

An eight-year study of hellbenders living in the cold, rocky rivers of southwestern Virginia has found that male salamanders are increasingly consuming their own young in areas near decimated forests.

Without abutting ...

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Class of 2023: Austin Holloway Named Outstanding Senior for the College of Natural Resources and Environment

April 18, 2023

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Austin Holloway, an undergraduate researcher in the Hopkins’ Lab, is awarded the Class of 2023 Outstanding Senior Award for the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Austin graduates this spring with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and a Forestry minor.

Upon graduation, Holloway will be attending graduate school in the forestry department, where he will study crop tree release options for private landowners with Seiler and Jennifer Gagnon, coordinator ...

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Bill Hopkins Recognized for a Career Built on Science and Service

March 6, 2023

Using the best available science to inform public policy and sound decision-making has been a guiding theme for William Hopkins’ career of service at Virginia Tech.

“Science can be a powerful force for good and a critical service to society,” said Hopkins, a professor of fish and wildlife conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and associate executive director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute. “I have been extremely fortunate to have opportunities to ...

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Science Meets Policy: Hopkins Chairs NASEM Committee on the Impacts of Gold Mining in VA

November 16, 2022

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) is a private, nonprofit institution chartered by Congress in 1863 to provide science, technology, and health policy advice to the government. NASEM enlists leading scientists, engineers, and other experts to answer scientific and technical issues facing the United States and the world.

Dr. Bill Hopkins, was the Chair of the NASEM Committee that was formed to study the potential impacts of gold mining in Virginia, with a ...

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Bill Hopkins Appointed to Steering Committee for ANGLES: A Network for Graduate Leadership in Sustainability

November 15, 2022

Dr. Bill Hopkins has accepted an invitation to serve on the ANGLES: A Network for Graduate Leadership in Sustainability Steering Committee beginning Fall 2022.  With a membership spanning 20 institutions across the United States and Canada, ANGLES is a network of higher education professionals dedicated to graduate student leadership development centered in sustainability, environmental, and societal issues. The charge of the group’s Steering Committee is to provide strategic guidance for the network, including facilitation of ...

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Amanda Wilson Carter Accepts Assistant Professor Position at Northern Arizona University

October 14, 2022

In Fall 2022, Dr. Amanda Wilson Carter accepted an Assistant Professor of Eco-Physiology position at Northern Arizona University. The Carter Lab investigates how organisms respond to rapid environmental change, with special interest in how variable and extreme temperatures affect physiology across life stages, including early development and reproduction, since responses during these life stages can result in dramatic, transgenerational effects. Their work integrates thermal physiology, metabolism, and endocrinology to better predict the impacts of climate change ...

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Jason Unrine Named Director of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute

August 9, 2022

Dr. Jason Unrine, Hopkins lab postdoctoral Alum, was appointed as the new Director of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) – one of 54 federally authorized water resource institutes and centers located at land grant universities throughout the United States under the general guidance of the Secretary of the Interior.  Located on the campus of the University of Kentucky, KWRRI has been involved in water resources issues for over 50 years and has established itself ...

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Jesse Fallon Successfully Defends His Dissertation

June 23, 2022

Dr. Jesse Fallon, DVM PhD defended his dissertation entitled “Diagnostic techniques for detecting exposure and anemia in birds exposed to crude oil”.

Jesse is the Owner and Medical Director of Cheat Lake Animal Hospital where he oversees 20 veterinarians and 150 staff, and serves as the Director of Veterinary Medicine for the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc.

Congratulations Dr. Fallon! 

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