Learn from professors who are passionate and approachable
Our faculty have been described as “laid-back intensive,” meaning they are committed to their research but just as committed to their students. Their doors are open, they are easy to get to know because of our small classes, and they care about student learning. They are at the center of our close-knit community and set the standard for learning that is hands-on, minds-on, and hearts-on.
And who are world-renowned experts in their fields
Our faculty are observers at world climate talks, winners of grants, and pioneering women in STEM. They are saving mussels in our streams, sending drones into our skies, and putting their boots on the ground in Bangladesh and Botswana.
They are scholars, researchers, innovators, and change-agents. They are leaders who take on the problems of the world and look for solutions, and then teach those who will follow them to ensure that their work will continue.
They are the world’s experts and they are right here at Virginia Tech.
Associate Professor Carolyn Copenheaver received the 2018 Carl Alwin Schenck Award from the Society of American Foresters. She is the first woman to receive the award, which honors a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional devotion to the instruction of forestry.
Dr. Copenheaver incorporates activities into her teaching that encourage students to sharpen their communication and professional skills.
CNRE faculty are researching what matters
You’ll find that your professors have a wealth of information to pass on both inside and outside of the classroom because they, too, are scholars and learners. Their research is continually adding knowledge to their fields of study and paving the way for practical solutions involving natural resources and the environment.
Emmanuel Frimpong, associate professor of fish conservation, researches the ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes and how changes to habitats and landscapes affect different species. He has recently studied changes due to agriculture and aquaculture, urban development, introduction of nonnative species, and climate change.