Faculty & Research

Our faculty are researching what matters

Wherever the big, sticky problems are that involve natural resources and the environment, you’ll find CNRE faculty. We’re bringing all our disciplines to bear in order to understand the challenges we face and pave the way for practical solutions to preserve our resources and build capacity for the future.

And they 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.

Three young adults sit at a picnic table under a pavilion, with several flowers and papers on the table between them. Carolyn Copenheaver leans over them, pointing out a particular flower.

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, 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.

Emmanuel Frimpong