Undergraduate Study Abroad in Ecuador: Spring 2016

Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Dr. Ignacio Moore (BIOL) and Dr. William Hopkins (FWC) are offering “Tropical Ecology & Conservation BIOL 3954/FIW 3954 (6 credits)” in Spring and Summer I 2016. The course is open to all majors. The Spring course will be taught on campus.

During Summer I, the class will travel to Ecuador where students will traverse multiple ecosystems, from the Amazonian lowland rainforest to the high altitude Andes. Students will visit one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, ...

Bad weather provides insight into a bird’s life

BMC Evolutionary Biology recently published work on the adaptation of tree swallows to challenging environmental conditions. When Mother Nature turned the focus of their experiment to this, they were surprised by what they found. Read more from the co-authors in this guest blog.
By Jenny Ouyang & Adam Lendvai, October 19th, 21015
Field work is hard. It’s hard because you have to get up early, work long hours in the burning sun or pouring rain, but the hardest is that ...

Quinn Thomas: Land-atmosphere research station expands capacity to study forests

From VT News
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 21, 2015 – Virginia Tech has increased its capacity to study forests and how such landscapes influence climate by adding Thomas O’Halloran to the forest resources and environmental conservation research faculty in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
O’Halloran, formerly assistant professor of environmental science at Sweet Briar College, brings access to the land-atmosphere research station he founded at Sweet Briar. The move to Virginia Tech was facilitated by Quinn Thomas, assistant professor of forest dynamics and ecosystem ...

Peter Vikesland: Disease free water is a global health challenge

From VT News
BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 19, 2015 – Antibiotic resistance is a growing global public health threat causing an estimated 23,000 deaths in America each year.
One historically overlooked avenue by which antibiotic resistance can spread is through contact or consumption of contaminated water. For example, recent news articles have raised questions about human sewage tainted water at some of the venues for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the potential spread of resistant ‘super-bugs’. Unfortunately, the Brazilian Olympics ...

Opinion: Naomi Oreskes on Climate Concealment

From the New York Times
October 8, 2015-  MILLIONS of Americans once wanted to smoke. Then they came to understand how deadly tobacco products were. Tragically, that understanding was long delayed because the tobacco industry worked for decades to hide the truth, promoting a message of scientific uncertainty instead.
The same thing has happened with climate change, as Inside Climate News, a nonprofit news organization, has been reporting in a series of articles based on internal documents from Exxon Mobil dating from the 1970s and ...