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Hellbenders Take the Spotlight in The Wildlife Professional

October 11, 2023

Hellbenders made the cover of The Wildlife Professional this month in a feature article titled “Hellbent on Conservation – Biologists wade a ‘never-ending stream of challenges’ to conserve at-risk hellbenders” by Joshua Rapp Learn. This article spotlights the ongoing challenges faced by biologists in their quest to conserve the ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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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