We’re bringing all our knowledge and skills to the table
There are more pressures and demands being placed on our planet’s resources than ever before, and, thus, there is also a greater need to preserve and build capacity for the future. Our faculty are tackling these challenges as they engage in applied and practical research that seeks to help us understand and solve some of our most complex global problems.
To be successful, we must find ways to meet society’s and industry’s ever-expanding need for resources. We must also train the next generation of leaders and policymakers who will carry on this legacy.
Assistant Professor Stephanie Zick’s work takes on some of the largest and most impactful weather phenomena in the world — tropical cyclones. Through the use of spatial methods, she focuses on the physical mechanisms that fuel storms to understand how they interact with large-scale environments and how precipitation evolves prior to and during landfall.
We’re taking on the big issues—and we won’t give up
As a society, the environmental challenges we are facing can seem overwhelming. That’s why a sense of optimism is critical and drives our faculty-led research projects. The work that is happening in the college impacts management and policy decisions related to every aspect of the natural environment, from the atmosphere to what’s on the ground to what’s in the soil.
Below are just a few of the critical research areas in which CNRE faculty are working. Click on each to read more about the research:
CNRE faculty members received more than $25 million in research funding in 2022-23, including several ongoing projects funded by the National Science Foundation.
Each tree’s growth rings contain a storehouse of information, but for Brian Strahm, it’s the layers of soil below the surface that are a gateway to discovery. Strahm studies the soils that are the hub of biological and chemical activity in forest ecosystems — and the key to understanding, predicting, and regulating forest productivity and environmental quality.
Looking for an expert?
If you are looking for a faculty member who is an expert in a particular area of research, you can browse our lists of faculty by department.
Are you a student who wants to conduct research?
There are many ways to get involved in a research project in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Consider talking with a faculty member who is working in an area of interest to you, as there may be opportunities to work on faculty-led projects through volunteer or paid positions.
If you want to lead your own research project, you can also seek out a faculty mentor or apply for a research grant through the Conservation Management Institute or other organization.
Faculty research in the news
Article ItemUnearthing the impact of moisture on soil carbon processes , article
A new paper reveals the critical role that moisture plays in the cycling and sequestration of soil carbon.Date: Feb 07, 2023
Article ItemSharks, spatial data, and a conservation success story , article
Researchers in the College of Natural Resources and the Environment contribute to research aligning fisheries management with shark and ray conservation.Date: Jan 23, 2023
Article ItemVirginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment partners with The Nature Conservancy on $60 million grant to advance agroforestry , article
The USDA-funded agroforestry project will help farmers reduce carbon emissions, improve water quality, enhance biodiversity, and increase profitability.Date: Nov 01, 2022