Recap from the 2018 VectorBiTE workshop

VectorBiTE: Vector Behavior in Transmission Ecology by the Quantitative Ecological Dynamics Lab

The Quantitative Ecological Dynamics Lab, led by Leah Johnson, just wrapped up a third VectorBiTE workshop at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA. The VectorBiTE project is a Research Coordination Network that seeks to build a collaborative network of interdisciplinary researchers to investigate the effect of vector behavior and life history on transmission dynamics. More about the goals and the organizing team ...

Antarctica Has Lost More Than 3 Trillion Tons Of Ice In 25 Years

 From NPR


Scientists have completed the most exhaustive assessment of changes in Antarctica’s ice sheet to date. And they found that it’s melting faster than they thought.

Ice losses totaling 3 trillion tonnes (or more than 3.3 trillion tons) since 1992 have caused global sea levels to rise by 7.6 mm, nearly one third of an inch, according to a study published in Nature ...

Virginia Tech-led study finds oldest footprints of bug dating back 540-plus million years

From VT News

A team of scientists led by Shuhai Xiao, of the Virginia Tech College of Science, have discovered the oldest known footprints ever found, estimated at 540 million to 550 million years old.
Found in a small chunk of sediment rock in a shallow sea bottom in China, the tiny tracks – millimeters in width – were made by an unknown bug-like creature no bigger than a thumb. The ...

Computational modeling may soon help researchers predict, and prevent, food insecurity

From VT News

Imagine a world where scientists use computers to predict the impact of climate change and other stressors on international food security, migration, and civil conflict, and then use those predictions to increase the availability of vital resources.
Kelly Cobourn, assistant professor of water resource policy in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, is working on a project that may bring us a step closer to that ...

Being in the moment: A student’s reflection from the VT Ecuador Study Abroad Trip

Written by Mark Feinberg, Undergraduate Student in the Water: Resources, Policy and Management Program within the College of Natural Resources
This trip has been the best experience in nature that I have ever had. We have visited places with the most amazing wildlife and food. In the highlands of the Andes, for example, we went to a lodge that had hundreds of hummingbirds. They would even land on you if you ...

Bon Appétit Management Company Bans Plastic Straws Companywide

From BusinessWire

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Costing a penny or less each, used once then discarded, plastic straws are the tip of the single-use-plastic iceberg clogging landfills, waterways, and oceans and poisoning wildlife. It’s estimated that Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day, very few of which are even recyclable. More than 90% of all plastics are not recycled.
Starting today, in keeping with its promise of “food service for a sustainable future,” Bon Appétit ...