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Our Reach Is Worldwide

Engaging the World with Solutions to Critical Natural Resources and Environmental Issues

ARGENTINA

  • Precision plantation silviculture of pines and eucalyptus
  • Growth and yield models for pines

AUSTRALIA

  • Stakeholder analysis of the creation of high seas marine-protected areas
  • Cooperative research on reforestation of mined land with the University of Western Australia

AUSTRIA

  • Exchange program with the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, where faculty teach strategic management in the forest products industry

BANGLADESH

  • Good aquaculture practices training

BELIZE

  • Tracking large cats with camera trapping and molecular scatology
  • Sponsor of the Las Cuevas Research Station where we conduct research,
    conservation, and education programs
  • Connecting Virginia Extension personnel to non-timber forest products, certification,
    and reduced impact logging issues
  • Study abroad classes on these issues and on the ecology and culture of Belize

BHUTAN

  • Work with Ugyen-Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) to build capacity for wildlife studies in rugged mountainous terrain

BOLIVIA

  • Develop markets for lesser known tropical hardwoods

BOTSWANA

  • Wildlife disease ecology and connections to human communities

BRAZIL

  • Impacts of hydropower development on riverine fisheries and restoration of native riverine fishes
  • Precision plantation silviculture of pines and eucalyptus
  • Growth and yield models for pines
  • Mariculture research towards dietary fishmeal and fish oil replacement
  • International mariculture training at the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center

CANADA

  • Risk assessment of genetically engineered salmon
  • Study abroad to introduce students to the physical and human landscapes of eastern
    Canada
  • Study abroad to enhance students’ abilities to “read” landscapes, understand regions,
    and become aware of communities
  • International mariculture training at the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center

CHILE

  • Precision plantation silviculture of pines and eucalyptus
  • Formal collaboration with newly established Water Center at Universidad Austral de Chile
  • Cooperative research on reforestation of mined land with Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • College-level participation in the Center for Science and Global Sustainability with the Universidad Austral de Chile

CHINA

  • Impacts of the Three Gorges Dam on fisheries of the Yangtze River
  • Service learning and interdisciplinary study abroad focused on sustaining natural resources and cultural heritage

COLOMBIA

  • Precision plantation silviculture of pines and eucalyptus

COSTA RICA

  • Study abroad course in global issues on sustainability
  • Precision plantation silviculture of pines and eucalyptus

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Monitoring bird-aircraft collision incidence and developing management practices to alleviate such dangers in Punta Cana
  • Study abroad program on sustainable management of water resources
  • Study abroad program on land use change and urban growth in a Dominican
    shantytown
  • Food import dependency and the food retail hierarchy

ECUADOR

  • Relationships between national parks and neighboring residents

FRANCE

  • Sustainable marine larviculture research in education

GERMANY

  • Student exchanges with the University of Hamburg
  • Student exchanges with the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
  • Faculty Scholar in Excellence at Georg-August University in Gottingen
  • Synthesis of regiocontrolled derivatives of polysaccharides from biomass

GHANA

  • Characterizing pond aquaculture effluents and receiving stream water quality for environmental management
  • Substitution of bamboo by forest products mills to slow tropical forest deforestation

HAITI

  • Using bamboo composites for housing construction

INDIA

  • Sustainable mariculture training and education programming
  • Service learning and interdisciplinary study abroad focused on sustaining natural resources and cultural heritage

INDONESIA

  • Sumatran tiger conservation using remote cameras and occupancy estimation
  • Good aquaculture practices training

IRELAND

  • Educational pathway project with Letterfrack University in product design and development

ISRAEL

  • Detection of disease resistance genes in cultured carp

JAMAICA

  • History of forestry and soil conservation policies

JAPAN

  • History of forestry and soil conservation policies • Synthesis of regiocontrolled derivatives of polysaccharides from biomass

KENYA

  • History of soil conservation policies

LIBERIA

  • Dispersal and migratory behavior of bull-headed shrikes

MADAGASCAR

  • Use of remote cameras to study the impacts of habitat fragmentation on elusive carnivores
  • Community-based reforestation and environmental education
  • Behavioral and ecological interactions of lemurs and their predators

MALAYSIA

  • International mariculture training at the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center
  • Good aquaculture practices training

MEXICO

  • Effects of introduced invasive aquatic plants in Lake Chapala
  • Precision plantation silviculture of pines and eucalyptus
  • Landscape-level habitat evaluation for golden eagles
  • Workshops on wildlife habitat evaluation, wildlife population estimation, and wildlife population management
  • Development of a sustainable mariculture research, extension, and education center
  • International mariculture training at the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center

NEPAL

  • Impacts of fragmentation on tiger ecology and genetic conductivity across the Terai Arc
  • Establish natural resource memorial center of excellence to improve teaching and mentoring skills, and expand research base
  • Resilience of community-based conservation initiatives to the Maoist insurgency
  • Assessment of markets for non-timber forest products produced by women entrepreneurs

NEW ZEALAND

  • Interdisciplinary study abroad courses focused on sustaining human societies and the natural environment
  • Developing national soil quality models for intensively managed forest plantations
  • Study abroad program on sustaining human societies and the environment

NORWAY

  • Novel alginate derivatives for drug delivery

OMAN

  • Mariculture research towards dietary fishmeal and fish oil replacement
  • International mariculture training at the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center

PUERTO RICO

  • Fisheries data collection program

SPAIN

  • Status of sharks in Spanish waters

SWITZERLAND

  • Utilizing tree rings to record past environmental history

TANZANIA

  • Population estimation for large cats using camera trapping
  • Marine protected area policy and management in Mnazi Bay

TAIWAN

  • Response of birds to fragmentation of native forests

THAILAND

  • Good aquaculture practices training

UGANDA

  • Relation of gender to the adoption of integrated pest management practices
  • Estimating forest cover change and identifying social factors influencing forest loss

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Study abroad focusing on cultural and physical landscapes

URUGUAY

  • Precision plantation silviculture of pines and eucalyptus

VENEZUELA

  • Precision plantation silviculture of pines and eucalyptus

VIETNAM

  • Good aquaculture practices training

Date

July 20, 2012


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  • Robert (Bob) L. Smith
  • Associate Dean for Engagement and Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • (540) 231-7679
  • rsmith4@vt.edu
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment
    324 Cheatham Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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