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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

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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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NSF GROW travel grant awarded to Sydney Hope

Sydney Hope, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation and a Fellow in the Interfaces of Global Change IGEP, recently received a travel award from the National Science Foundation’s GROW Program (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide). The GROW Program expands opportunities for graduate students to engage in international research collaboration.

During Spring and Summer 2018, Sydney will travel to the town of Villiers-en-Bois in western France to work with her sponsoring scientist, Dr. Frédéric Angelier, at the Centre d’Etudes Biologiques ...

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Amanda Wilson Carter receives her Ph.D. from Illinois State University

Congratulations to Amanda Wilson Carter, a former FLeDGE student and post-baccalaureate research fellow in the Hopkins Lab. Amanda successfully defended her dissertation at Illinois State University on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Her seminar was titled:

“Integrating natural variation in thermal conditions and maternal steroids into temperature-dependent sex determination”

Abstract:

The oversimplification of thermal conditions in both empirical treatments and theoretical applications has hindered our ability to understand how organisms respond to natural temperature variation. This is particularly problematic given that climate change is manifesting as an ...

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Bill Hopkins receives the Graduate School’s Outstanding Mentor award for 2017

From VT News

William Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and director of the Global Change Center, has received the Graduate School’s 2017 Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, the new award, to be presented annually, recognizes excellence in mentoring graduate students. Recipients are nominated by graduate students, and one professor from each college receives an award.

Hopkins’ research focuses on physiological ecology and wildlife ecotoxicology, addressing pressing questions in both basic and ...

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JD Willson: Indirect effects of invasive Burmese pythons on the Florida Everglades

John D. Willson, a former postdoc in the Hopkins Lab and current faculty member at the University of Arkansas, recently published a paper in the Journal of Applied Ecology titled, “Indirect effects of invasive Burmese pythons on ecosystems in southern Florida”.

Willson’s research paper was later highlighted in the online magazine, Anthropocene, published by Future Earth:

Invading pythons and the weird, uncertain future of the Florida Everglades

By Brandon Keim | February 8, 2017

The Florida Everglades are one of Earth’s biological marvels, ...

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Sydney Hope participates in Franklin County High’s “Moment of Science”

Sydney Hope, a Ph.D. student in the Hopkins Lab, visited Franklin County High School on Friday, November 4, 2016 to speak about her research and experience as a scientist as part of the school’s “Moment of Science” program. The “Moment of Science” takes place during the activity period on select days and the school brings speakers in to talk about different aspects of science. All students from grades 9-12 are invited to attend.

Sydney spoke about her research on how incubation temperature ...

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