April 27, 2021
IGC Fellows showcase their research at the 6th Annual Graduate Research Symposium
The Sixth Annual Interfaces of Global Change (IGC) Graduate Research Symposium was held virtually over Zoom on April 23, 2021. Although the forum was a little different this year, this annual meeting provides a space to showcase and celebrate the important and impressive work of the IGC Fellows. It’s also a time for Fellows and GCC faculty to interact and explore connections between labs across campus. This year’s symposium agenda included 12 platform presentations, 12 research power talks, introductory videos from the 12 newest Fellows in the Spring 2021 cohort, and an overview by Fellows leading a new IGC Peer Mentoring Program.

Final Reminder: Global Change Scholar Application Deadline April 30
In ongoing efforts to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, the Global Change Center has launched the new Global Change Scholars program, a companion program to MAOP's Undergraduate Scholars Program. The new partnership provides financial scholarships ($750 - $1,500 per year) to undergraduate students with unmet financial need so that they can participate in undergraduate research with GCC faculty affiliates.

Congratulations, Dr. Nicole Ward!
IGC Fellow Nicole Ward successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation last Wednesday, April 21st. Her seminar was titled "Modeling lake ecosystem change with coupled human-natural systems to improve water resources management".

This summer, Nicole will start a post-doc science policy fellowship with UW SeaGrant and Wisconsin DNR. The position is focused on synthesizing current scientific understanding to inform policies around coastal resilience on Wisconsin's Great Lakes coasts and climate impacts on inland waters.

Congratulations Nicole!!
Upcoming IGC Fellow PhD Defense Seminars:

Suwei Wang, Translational Biology, Medicine & Health - TODAY! Tuesday, April 27 at 12:00 PM
Opportunities and Challenges in Identification and Classification of Heat Stress Risk Based on Analysis of Individual and Neighborhood Level Factors

Vasiliy Lakoba, School of Plant & Environmental Sciences - Friday, April 30 at 1:30 PM
Ecotypic Variation in Johnsongrass in Its Invaded U.S. Range
Restoration Ecology Working Group Final Spring Meeting
The next Restoration Ecology Working Group meeting will be this Thursday, April 19, at 1:00 PM. Stella Schons will lead a discussion about the economics of restoration. She's chosen a great-looking paper with an expansive title: "The ecology and economics of restoration: when, what, where, and how to restore ecosystems."

Drop ins are welcome, as always. Contact GCC affiliates Drs. Leighton Reid or Karen Kovaka to join. This will be our final meeting for Spring 2021.
Dr. James Weger-Lucarelli - Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

Dr. Weger-Lucarelli’s research focuses on understanding viral and host determinants that mediate disease severity, transmission, evolution, and protection against mosquito-borne viruses. The Weger-Lucarelli lab uses molecular, virological, and computational methods to study these interactions. Due to various factors, such as climate change, increased global travel, and shifting population...

Bailey Howell - Biological Sciences

As a Ph.D. student in the Uyeda lab, Bailey hopes to combine her knowledge of macroevolutionary processes and constraints to determine if this information is useful to elucidate changes in functional traits due to more recent processes like urbanization. She hopes to incorporate comparative methods and trait data to understand lizards’ responses to anthropogenic changes and why some species can adapt more easily than others.

TODAY! Join for the Inaugural STEP Keynote Seminar

Tuesday, April 27 at 4:00 pm
ENTO Seminar: Alexandra Cumbie, VT Entomology
Hosted by GCC faculty Gillian Eastwood
Tick-borne rickettsial pathogens

Thursday, April 29 at 3:00 pm
Register in advance here
EEB Seminar: Betty Benrey, University of Neuchâtel
Hosted by IGC Fellow Lauren Maynard

Multitrophic interactions on lima bean plants across seasons

Thursday, April 29 at 9:30 am
Contact Lauren Maynard to attend
CEE EWR Seminar: Christopher Wilson, Chief of Process Engineering and Research at Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) & Lauren Zuravnsky, Chief of Design & Construction, HRSD

Friday, April 30 at 2:30 pm
Register in advance here
GEOS Seminar: Jacqueline Austermann, Columbia Univ, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Hosted by GCC faculty Brian Romans

Nothing about us without us – perspectives from neurodiverse geoscientists

Friday, April 30 at 3:30 pm
Register in advance here
Sustainable Blacksburg to Host Lunch and Learn about the City Nature Challenge and the YToss Collect
Wednesday, April 28
12:00 PM

VT Alumni to share Diversity, Equity & Inclusion insights at The Wildlife Society Nat'l HQ
Wednesday, April 28
6:00 PM

VT alumni Akea Cader is the first Operations and Outreach Intern for The Wildlife Society (TWS) national headquarters! At VT, Akea worked to create an inclusive environment for underrepresented students and is continuing her amazing work on the national level. Akea will help improve communication and engagement between TWS and organization units vehicle developing and leading TWS professional offerings and DEI initiatives.

Panda Express Fundraiser for Humble Hikes Fundraiser
Thursday May 6
10:30 am - 9:30 pm

Organized by the Fish and Wildlife Graduate Student Association (FiWGSA). Proceeds will support the Humble Hikes program of Roanoke, VA, in covering transportation costs to and from events. The Humble Hikes program aims to expose Black youth to the outdoors. Flyer must be shown at checkout. More information here.

Additional direct donations are also being accepted to support FIWGSA DEI Initiative to purchase binoculars for Humble Hikes. Donate directly on the groups Square site here.
Rejuvenated Wildflower Garden is awash in native blooms

Spring has sprung, and the hard work of the Mill Mountain Garden Club is paying off with an explosion of brilliant colors lining the pathways of the newly restored Wildflower Garden atop Mill Mountain. On a recent Tuesday morning, over a...

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Butterflies provide 'extraordinary' help pollinating...

Bees are great pollinators-and so important for crops such as almonds and apples that they're driven in to farms and orchards by the truckload each spring. But when it comes to cotton, butterflies play an unexpected role.

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