Dr. Scott Edwards, Harvard Ornithologist, to give MLK Seminar on January 19th

Dr. Scott Edwards, Professor, Harvard University, will give the Seventh Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Seminar in the Biocomplexity Institute Auditorium on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm. His talk is titled, “Genes or gene regulation? Understanding the evolutionary genetics of flightlessness in birds”.
Dr. Edwards is a distinguished scientist at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Harvard, his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and his postdoctoral training at the University of Florida. Dr. Edwards’ research program uses ...

2018 GCC Science Policy Fellowship awarded to James Maze

The Global Change Center recently awarded an Undergraduate Science Policy Fellowship to James Maze to attend the Washington Semester Program during summer semester 2018.
James is majoring in Water: Resources, Policy, and Management at Virginia Tech. He is interested in integrating engineering-based solutions with government policy to solve problems related to water quality and water scarcity.
During fall semester 2017, James partnered with four graduate students to create an environmental policy addressing climate change. He and his team were finalists in the ...

2018 GCC Science Policy Fellowship awarded to James Maze

The Global Change Center recently awarded an Undergraduate Science Policy Fellowship to James Maze to attend the Washington Semester Program during summer semester 2018.
James is majoring in Water: Resources, Policy, and Management at Virginia Tech. He is interested in integrating engineering-based solutions with government policy to solve problems related to water quality and water scarcity.
During fall semester 2017, James partnered with four graduate students to create an environmental policy addressing climate change. He and his team were finalists in the ...

Klaus Moeltner’s research examines the impact of climate change on household budgets

From VT News
January 9, 2018 | In a study involving 19 European Union nations, researchers have found that future climate change will make power outages more costly for European households.
The study is the first to consider the effect temperatures have on household power outage costs and to incorporate the role of climate change when analyzing such costs.
“Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet today and we need to examine how it can impact household ...

Brian Romans is on a sea expedition to study ice sheet response to climate change

From VT News
January 3, 2018 | Geosciences Associate Professor Brian Romans is setting sail for the Southern Ocean with a group of scientists who will drill into the ocean floor offshore of West Antarctica to better understand how polar ice sheets respond to climate change.
Romans’ two-month trip, departing Jan. 5 from New Zealand, is part of the International Ocean Discovery Program, Expedition 374. Working alongside 30 geologists and paleoclimatologists from around the world, Romans will drill into ocean floor ...

Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia, to speak in Fralin Hall on January 25th

Please join us for a special lecture in Fralin Auditorium on Thursday evening, January 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.! The Hahn Horticultural Garden, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and the Global Change Center are pleased to welcome Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, a Climate and Earth Scientist from the Science Museum of Virginia. Dr. Hoffman is passionate about communicating science with broad audiences and is a talented speaker. His lecture will be titled: “Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees: The Phenological Impacts of Climate Change”.
The community ...

Europe’s refuge crisis could be worsened by future warming

From National Geographic

In recent years, a refugee crisis has gripped the European Union, as unrest in Syria and elsewhere has sent hundreds of thousands of migrants to Europe’s shores, seeking safe harbor.


Now, a new study says that if all else were to remain equal—a necessary but major if—the stresses of climate change could drive more migrants into the European Union in future years.


As warming worsens, these influxes would accelerate. Under one scenario ...

Leandro Castello’s research explores links between deforestation and fisheries yields in the Amazon

From VT News:
The conversion of tropical forests to crop and pastureland has long been a concern for scientists, as forest loss can lead to decreased rainfall, increased droughts, and degraded freshwater ecosystems. A new study points to another unexpected consequence: changes in fish production.
The study, led by Leandro Castello, assistant professor of fisheries in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, explores how deforestation along the Amazon River floodplain affects fisheries yields. The study was published online Dec. 13 ...

Association for Computing Machinery names Ed Fox a 2017 Fellow

NEW YORK, NY, December 11, 2017—ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Dr. Edward Fox an ACM Fellow for making major contributions in the area of information retrieval and digital libraries. Other areas recognized by the fellows program include database theory, design automation, multimedia computing and network security. The accomplishments of the 2017 ACM Fellows lead to transformations in science and society. Their achievements play a crucial role in the global economy, as well as how we live and ...