August 28, 2018
A message from the Director...

Global Change Community-

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a productive summer and took time to recharge. The first week of classes is now behind us (we survived!), and I am looking forward to another great year.

This fall we are experimenting with a newsletter as a new method of communicating with the GCC/IGC community twice per month. Our hope is that this newsletter will provide relevant information in a more consolidated manner, which will hopefully reduce email volume and make it easier for you to track the latest information. Each newsletter will have announcements, reminders of important events, as well as links to recent news from our blog. We plan to experiment with this format until the end of the fall 2018 semester, and then solicit your feedback in January to determine its effectiveness and ways that we might further improve our approach. 

Please take a few moments to browse the contents of this first issue. If you have comments about the newsletter or wish to submit possible content, please contact Jessica Zielske .  

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the IGC welcome reception!

Bill Hopkins
Director, Global Change Center
2018 Faculty Seed Grant

The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech, with funding from the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, is accepting proposals to support interdisciplinary research that will lead to collaborative proposals submitted to extramural funding sources. Priority will be given to funding proposals that advance the collaborative, interdisciplinary mission of our group and promote collaboration across departments/colleges.
Please note that there are two funding opportunities described in the RFP.
Notification of intent deadline is Sept 21 st , 2018.  In an email to  simply 1) provide the tentative title for the proposal, 2) identify which opportunity you are applying for (#1 or #2, see RFP), and 3) the list of faculty PIs and their affiliations.
Deadline for applications is October 10 th , 2018.  
VT-FAST: A new resource for Virginia Tech faculty

This is where the Virginia Tech Faculty Activity Support Team, or VT-FAST, comes in. VT-FAST is a virtual team of faculty and staff across campus who support faculty at Virginia Tech in all aspects of grant and proposal development. Their goal is ...

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Benefits of natural habitat for farm crop pest control vary

Songbirds and coffee farms in Central America. Ladybugs and soybean fields in the Midwest. These are well-known, win-win stories that demonstrate how conserving natural habitat can benefit farmers. But an international team of authors, including...

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Rachel Brooks studying how fungus can control invasive trees

The kudzu of the tree world could one day be controlled by a fungus. Virginia Tech graduate student Rachel Brooks is testing how the fungus verticillium attacks tree of heaven, an invasive species for which Brooks used the kudzu reference. The...

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Sea level rise is already costing property owners on coast

Elizabeth Boineau's 1939 Colonial sits a block and a half from the Ashley River in a sought-after neighborhood of ancient live oaks, charming gardens and historic homes. A year ago, she thought she could sell it for nearly $1 million. But after...

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Postcards from the field: Nicole Ward in Lake Sunapee, NH

August 9, 2018 Postcard from Nicole Ward Hi! I am writing from Sunapee Harbor on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, USA. My field season is wrapping up now, but I've been here for three months! My research is aiming to improve water quality...

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Eleven new fellows are welcomed to the IGC IGEP

The Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program will begin its sixth year with a cohort of eleven new Ph.D. students! The new IGC Fellows hail from five departments across campus, including: Geosciences, Horticulture, ...

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Congratulations to Drs. Tamara Fetters and Carl Wepking!

Tamara presented her dissertation seminar on Thursday morning in Derring Hall, titled "Phenotypic responses to invasion in the brown anole ( Anoles sagrei)". Her research over the past five years took her to the Bahama Islands, part of the brown...

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Seminars of Interest:
EEB : Dr. Cayelan Carey - Tenure Seminar, Quantifying the effects of climate and management on ecosystem dynamics in drinking water reservoirs
Thursday, 8/30 at 3:30 pm
Derring Hall 4069
VTLSS : Dr. Randy Nelson - Effects of light at night on brain and behavior
Friday, 8/31 at 12:20 pm
Fralin Hall Auditorium 102
GEOS : Women in (Geo)Sciences - Guest Speaker Dr. Amanda Morris
Wednesday, 9/5 at 11:00 am
Derring Hall 2062
EEB : Dr. Tomer Czaczkes (University of Regensburg) - Information use and value perception in social insects
Thursday, 9/6 at 3:00 pm
Price Hall 220
SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course
September 1-3
Mountain Lake Biological Station

Held at Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, VA. Wilderness First Aid certification course Sat - Mon (9/1-9/3), with optional CPR/AED certification training Friday (8/31).

For details and to register, visit
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