Mary Lofton is new GLEON GSA Co-Chair Elect


NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Dear fellow GLEONites,

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Co-Chair Elect of the GLEON Student Association. I am honored and excited to be taking on this role and very much look forward to working with you all over the next couple of years.
I am currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student with Dr. Cayelan Carey at Virginia Tech in the United States. My dissertation research focuses on phytoplankton ...

The Search For Giant, Rare Salamanders That Live In Georgia


(Header image: Juvenile hellbender salamander. Photo by Bita Honarvar for WABE)
In the deep woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a cold, clear stream flows. Below a canopy of twisted rhododendrons, seven people in black wetsuits creep upstream through the water. They look like Gollum, sleek in their neoprene, crouching in the water, feeling under rocks.
They’re looking for a kind of giant salamander known as a hellbender that ...

GCC Director, Dr. William Hopkins, to deliver keynote speech at Graduate School Commencement ceremony on Dec. 14

From VT News

NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Judge Josiah Showalter Jr. ’84 and William Hopkins, professor of wildlife in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, will deliver the keynote addresses at Virginia Tech’s 2018 fall University and Graduate School Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 14.

Showalter will speak to undergraduate students at the University Ceremony, which begins with a procession at 10:30 a.m., and Hopkins will speak at the Graduate School Ceremony which begins with ...

Researchers discover how ‘cryptic’ connections in disease transmission influence epidemics

From VT News

NOVEMBER 19, 2018

Diseases have repeatedly spilled over from wildlife to humans, causing local to global epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS, and Nipah.
A new study by researchers of disease transmission in bats has broad implications for understanding hidden or “cryptic” connections that can spread diseases between species and lead to large-scale outbreaks.
By dusting bats with a fluorescent powder that glows under ultraviolet light, Virginia Tech researchers Joseph Hoyt and ...

See how a warmer world primed California for large fires

From National Geographic


The state is just hotter and drier than it used to be, and that’s driving a trend toward larger fires.
Fires are natural in California: Many of its ecosystems, from the chaparral of Southern California to the northern pine forests, evolved to burn frequently. But since the 1980s, the size and ferocity of the fires that sweep across the state have ...

IGC Seminar Reflection Series: The Science of Scientific Consensus, by Becca O’Brien — Clone

The Science of Scientific Consensus

By Becca O’Brien  |  October 29, 2018
The Sun circles the earth! Spontaneous generation can bring forth life!  The earth is one solid mass!  These are all statements that the majority of scientists once agreed with, but that we now recognize to be incorrect.  It is easy to look back on them and feel confident about how far human knowledge has come, but the truth is that many of the statements scientists agree with today are ...