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Virginia Tech’s President Sands visits the Hopkins Lab

Virginia Tech’s newly installed president, Dr. Timothy Sands, along with Vice Provost, Dr. Jack Finney, visited the College of Natural Resources today. While touring Latham Hall with the CNRE Dean, Dr. Paul Winistorfer, they stopped by the Hopkins’ Lab to get a brief overview of the wildlife ecotoxicology research program. On hand to greet him were students Cathy Jachowski, Arden Blumenthal, Sydney Hope, Michelle Beck and Valentina Alaasam.

Welcome to Virginia Tech, Dr. Sands!

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Cathy Jachowski’s hellbender research featured on VT Vimeo

Cathy Jachowski investigates the effects of environmental disturbance on hellbender populations. Her research* was recently featured in this Virginia Tech video.

 

*Hellbender research in the Hopkins Lab is the result of a partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, funded through the State Wildlife Grants Program.

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Hopkins Lab participates in the first annual Virginia Science Festival

The Virginia Science Festival in Blacksburg: October 4, 2014

festivalLast weekend, the Virginia Science Festival featured a host of interactive science activities, exhibits and programs across Virginia Tech’s campus. Members of the Hopkins Lab participated in this outreach event by hosting two wildlife stations near the Moss Arts Center.

“One of our stations was called, “Life of Birds: Form and Function”. We had kids build their own bird ...

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Wells Fargo supports water quality research in local reservoirs

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Representatives from Wells Fargo presented a $25,000 check in early August to Drs. Cayelan Carey (Project P.I.), John Little, and Bill Hopkins for research involving water quality in Roanoke Reservoirs. The team hopes to better understand environmental factors that influence water quality and how to best maintain clean water important to aquatic biota and humans.

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Sarah Budischak is now Dr. Budischak!

Sarah Budischak successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Georgia this summer. Her dissertation was titled: Causes and consequences of coinfection: insights from community ecology.

Sarah found that nematode parasites can influence condition, hematology, reproduction, and survival of African buffalo. Using new molecular techniques to identify worm species was critical, since the two most common species had opposing relationships with host fitness components.

Dr. Budischak has just accepted a post-doc at Princeton University.  Congratulations, Sarah!

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Dr. Brian Todd, former postdoc in the Hopkins Lab, is tenured

Dr. Todd was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at UC Davis in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. Since starting his position there, he has grown his lab to continue pursuing ecological research relevant to wildlife conservation. He currently has students and projects focusing on recovery of the federally threatened Mojave Desert Tortoise, studying the invasion ecology and impacts of non-native watersnakes in California, and understanding host-pathogen dynamics and how they shape ...

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Hopkins Lab research makes the cover of BioLetters

RSBL_10_1_cover_RSBL_9_5_coverA paper by Dr. Sarah DuRant and colleagues was recently featured on the cover of Biology Letters, a journal published by the Royal Society that features cutting-edge research and high impact articles. In this paper, the Hopkins’ lab reveals a potential hormonal mechanism that mediates parental effects in incubating birds.

Are thyroid hormones mediators of incubation temperature-induced phenotypes in birds?

 

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