Videos: CNRE students in action
Hands-on training for tackling complex environmental challenges
Check out some of our videos below and get a front row seat to academic life and opportunities in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Want to see more? Visit our YouTube playlist.
Video ItemTracking the biggest trees in Virginia , video
Faculty and student tree enthusiasts are increasing the care and appreciation of trees across the Commonwealth through the Virginia Big Tree Program, coordinated by the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. To learn more, including how to nominate a tree, visit http://bigtree.cnre.vt.edu/about.html.
Video ItemTeam prepares for vampire bat research in Colombia , video
Luis Escobar and his research group are studying the emergence of infectious diseases. "We know that many infectious diseases, especially emerging diseases, come from wildlife," said Escobar. In advance of an upcoming trip to Colombia to study vampire bats, Escobar and his team met near the Duck Pond to review critical safety information and field sampling protocols.
Video ItemGraduate wouldn't trade his CNRE experience for anything , video
Transfer student Nathan Ferguson will graduate this spring from the College of Natural Resources and Environment, with dual majors in Wildlife Conservation and Fisheries Conservation with a human dimension's focus. "The level of involvement I've been able to get as an undergrad has been truly remarkable," said Ferguson.
Video ItemRestoring local watershed through replanting project , video
Students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment learn about tree planting techniques and equipment used in ecological restoration. The group plants seedling trees along the Stroubles Creek watershed to improve the health and quality of the valuable community resource. Learn more about New River Conservancy's restoration efforts at https://www.newriverconservancy.org
Video ItemA snapshot of native wildlife research , video
Professor Marcella Kelly in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and undergraduate students in The Wildlife Society at Virginia Tech conduct research on native wildlife around Mountain Lake. Each fall, students place non-invasive camera traps (motion-triggered digital cameras) on trails and use the recorded images to study bear, coyote, and bobcat populations.
Video ItemStudents and faculty are ensuring your Amazon delivery arrives safely , video
Students and faculty at the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design are certifying packages for use in the Amazon distribution network. The certification ensures that products will survive the harshness of physical distribution. "Due to COVID we saw a huge increase in people that want that certification," said graduate student Mary Paz Alvarez Valverde, noting that manufacturers that once relied on brick and mortar had to switch over to e-commerce since the pandemic.
Video ItemInvestigating the hazards of grocery delivery , video
Collegiate Assistant Professor Eduardo Molina and a group of his undergraduate students are investigating the hazards that grocery packages experience during last-mile delivery to customers, by designing and assembling instrumented packages and sending them through the supply chain.
Video ItemForest ecology students learn to identify microhabitats , video
Carolyn Copenheaver's Forest Ecology and Silvics students are learning to identify tree-related microhabitats. "A microhabitat is a little tiny feature on a standing or dead tree that allows other organisms to live in that feature," explains Copenheaver. "The reason we pay attention to microhabitats is they're a proxy record for bio-diversity. So the more microhabitats you have in a forest, the higher the biodiversity is in that stand."
Video ItemExploring cultures through the sensory experience of tea , video
Geography of Tea invites students to explore different world cultures through the sensory experience of tea. The course applies the physical and human geography of tea, including economics, production, and current events, coupled with tea tasting exercises. The class brings students together from a diversity of majors, to broaden their horizons while sharing a beverage.