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Table of Contents: Spring 2013

From the Dean's Perspective

These four words — quality, relevance, heritage, position — belong together. Let me explain why.


Faculty Briefs

Fox Named a Fellow — Twice!

Tom Fox, professor of forest soils and silviculture, was named a Fellow by two different national societies in 2012.

Davis Selected Communicator of the Year

Communications Director Lynn Davis, the only person ever to serve the college in this role, was named the 2013 Communicator of the Year by Virginia Tech’s Office of University of Relations.

Marion Helps Others Leave No Trace

Jeff Marion was recognized for his work with Leave No Trace, a national education program focused on low-impact outdoor practices and ethics.

Hammett Directs USAID Project to Improve Global Food Security

For millions of people around the world, getting enough calories to survive is a challenge, but helping them meet these daily needs solves only part of the problem.


Engagement and Outreach

Digital Tool Gives Public Access to Urban Forest Canopy

Through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Forestry, faculty members in the college have developed the Urban Tree Canopy Mapper

Restoring Virginia’s Quail Populations

In response to drastic declines in bobwhite quail populations, falling an estimated 4 percent a year in some parts of the state, Virginia has joined more than 20 states to sign on to the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative.


Alumni Corner

Alumni Profile: Dennis Treacy

Treacy knows the value of hard work and dedication. He is the executive VP and chief sustainability officer at Smithfield Foods Inc.

Holbrook Heads Georgia Wildlife Federation

Todd Holbrook (’84 M.S. in wildlife science), former deputy commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has been named president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Carrying on the Wood Science Legacy

Doctoral program advisors are considered pseudo-parents (aka “doctor father” or “doctor mother”) in some cultures, like the very traditional German academic system.

Features

Graduate Students Contribute to Long-Running Efforts to Reclaim Surface-Mined Lands

The surface mined landscapes of Southwestern Virginia continue to evolve. For more than 30 years, Virginia Tech has worked with the coal industry and natural resource partners in the Powell River Project.

Students Trade Spring Break For Service Work, Advocacy, and Education to Save the Bay

While most students envision Florida or the Caribbean as the ideal spring break locale, each spring a group of students instead heads north to the Chesapeake Bay to make a difference.


College News

Guests at Satellite Launch

A group from the college traveled to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to attend the February launch of Landsat 8.

Forensic Botany Used in Murder Investigation

Forensic botany and mysterious murder cases sound like a plot straight out of a television crime drama. However, this very real drama began in Kansas City, Kan.

Water Center Reaches Out

One facet of the mission of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, a federally funded center established in 1965 and housed in the college since 2005, is to share water-science information with citizens and policy makers across the commonwealth.

Generational Changes to Impact Natural Resources Jobs

A “perfect storm” ahead for natural resource agencies, which will lose over 40 percent of their personnel in the next decade as baby boomers retire.

Noted Speaker at Water Seminar

George M. Hornberger, Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University, presented a seminar on campus titled “Challenges and Opportunities in Water Resources Research and Education.”


Student Notes

Riverkeeper Aids Students in Research

Doctoral students Rebecca Kidd of Newport, Va., and Matt Johnson of Colonial Heights, Va., conducted research on Virginia’s Blackwater River last summer with Jeff Turner, the Riverkeeper for the Blackwater and Nottoway rivers.

Wood Science Bowl Victory

A four-student team won the Wood Science Bowl at the Forest Products Society conference in Washington, D.C.

Graduate Students Receive Fisheries Awards

Brandon Peoples and Shannon White were both honored by the American Fisheries Society.

Lohr Earns ACC Fellowship

Ashley Lohr was one of seven students chosen from 45 applicants for the 2012-13 ACC Creativity and Innovation Fellowship.

Moore Named Outstanding Young Scientist

Elizabeth Moore of Charlottesville, Va., spent last summer in the Adamaoua Province of Cameroon in Western Africa to complete field research and explore the potential for agroforestry opportunities in the area.


Research Spotlight

A Quest for Park Biodiversity Answers

Scientists around the world worked together in an essential biodiversity study to gauge the impact human activities have on the ability of natural systems and wildlife to survive.


25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

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