New Course: Intro. to Microbial Community Analysis

Drs. Brian Badgley (SPES) and Lisa Belden (BIOL) are offering a new, broad-based soils course for those that have had little exposure to the belowground world.  If you are interested in…
Do you need to characterize the impact of the microbial communities in your study system? Do you already have sequence data describing microbial communities that you need to process? Are you curious about the current state of the science for studying microbiomes?
Faculty from the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and Department of Biological ...

Changing climate forces desperate Guatemalans to migrate


From National Geographic

BY GENA STEFFENS  |  OCTOBER 23, 2018

JOCOTÁN, CHIQUIMULA, GUATEMALA – Eduardo Méndez López lifts his gaze to the sky, hoping to see clouds laden with rain.


After months of subsisting almost exclusively on plain corn tortillas and salt, his eyes and cheeks appear sunken in, his skin stretched thin over bone. The majority of his neighbors look the same.


It’s the height of rainy season in Guatemala, but in the village ...

People Need Lakes and Lakes Need People


From WVTF Radio IQ

BY ROBBIE HARRIS  |  OCTOBER 17, 2018
After Hurricane Florence hit the southeast coast last month, Claytor Lake, hundreds of miles away in southwestern Virginia, took a hit.  More than fifteen tons of debris ended up in the lake – everything from the usual ‘flotsam and jetsam’ to at least one toilet, a mannequin, and an empty boat.
This part of Virginia is not home to very many lakes, and that means people here work ...

People Need Lakes and Lakes Need People


From WVTF Radio IQ

BY ROBBIE HARRIS  |  OCTOBER 17, 2018
After Hurricane Florence hit the southeast coast last month, Claytor Lake, hundreds of miles away in southwestern Virginia, took a hit.  More than fifteen tons of debris ended up in the lake – everything from the usual ‘flotsam and jetsam’ to at least one toilet, a mannequin, and an empty boat.
This part of Virginia is not home to very many lakes, and that means people here work ...

Bill Gates launches effort to help the world adapt to climate change


From National Geographic

BY LAURA PARKER  |  OCTOBER 16, 2018
In Bangladesh, low-lying and vulnerable to yearly flooding, farmers are shifting from raising chickens to raising ducks. Ducks can swim.

In the Philippines, where half the mangrove forests have been lost to development, biologists are replanting the trees to recreate nature’s protective coastal shield against deadly typhoons. The gnarled tangle of mangrove roots slows the movement of tidal waters, reducing the impact of storm surges and waves.

Virginia Tech Science Festival returns Oct. 27

From VT News



The Virginia Tech Science Festival returns to campus Saturday, Oct. 27, with 93 free hands-on, minds-on learning interactive booths and activities that showcase dozens of science education and research programs throughout the university, including physics, space, engineering, communication, geology, health and medicine, history, transportation, computers, chemistry, and more.
Events will be held in the Moss Arts Center, Carol M. Newman Library, Torgersen Hall, and along Alumni Mall. Parking on campus will be free during event hours. The day kicks ...