A new immersive overseas study course focused on training undergraduate students on the many facets of wildlife work in sub-Saharan Africa, including animal husbandry and care for raptors and mammals, introduction to laboratory techniques, public health and data handling, and wildlife ecology, capture, and rescue.
Six students from Virginia’s Louisa County High School traveled to Professor Kathleen Alexander’s research site in Botswana this past summer, where they learned about animal and public health research and were mentored by Virginia Tech undergraduate students.
Since 2012, the college’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) accelerated graduate degree program, based in the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, has sent a cohort of students on a 10-day international residency to Yunnan Province, China, to concentrate on sustainable development in the region.
Amanda Hyman earned her master’s in fish and wildlife conservation last December and within a month was on her way to Tanzania. Awaiting her was a position with Korongo People’s Lion Initiative, an NGO dedicated to inspiring local action to promote sustainable human-lion coexistence in multi-use landscapes.
When most people think of Africa, they picture sprawling savannahs and big cats stalking through tall grasses. But with predator populations in Africa declining by as much as 80 percent, the image of that landscape is changing. To help protect it, researchers are finding new ways to understand animal populations.
Professor Jim Fraser is collaborating with scientists from China’s Nanchang University to establish the first-ever survey of migratory shorebirds that winter at Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China.
Evidence of wildlife passage, such as tracks, scat, fur, and disturbed surroundings, is a more accurate tool for assessing wildlife conservation status than actual encounters with animals, according to an international team of scientists.