February 23, 2021
Final reminder: GCC Diversity and Rural Environmental Health Fellowship applications due this Monday, March 1st
Final reminder of the application deadline this Monday, March 1st, for four new GCC fellowship opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please encourage your interested incoming (Diversity) and incoming + current (Rural Environmental Health) Ph.D. students to apply!

Invasive Species Science, Policy & Management Seminar -
Biological Control: Balancing theoretical risks with tangible benefits
Next Monday’s (March 1st from 10-11:30 am) Invasive Species Science, Policy & Management Seminar session will feature special guest Dr. Melissa Smith, a Research Ecologist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The point of departure for conversations will be the following paper co-authored by Smith and seminar participant Jeremiah Foley: Tipping et al. (2020). Classical biological control and apparent competition: Evaluating a waterhyacinth invaded community module Actions. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Drop-in attendance is welcomed! Please reach out to GCC affiliate Todd Schenk (tschenk@vt.edu) if you'd like to join and be added to the Canvas page to access preparatory readings and other seminar materials.
Postdoc Opportunities
Environmental Health Postdoctoral Associate Position with GCC faculty

GCC faculty affiliate Dr. Alasdair Cohen and collaborators are seeking a highly motivated individual to conduct water and health focused research internationally and domestically, with a regional focus on rural and peri-urban areas across China, and low-income regions areas in the Appalachian region of the USA.

Wildlife Ecology Postdoctoral Associate Position with The Jones Center at Ichauway

The candidate should have a Ph.D., or have completed all necessary degree requirements prior to employment, in the subject area of wildlife ecology/biology, forestry/forest ecology, landscape ecology, or a related field. Applicants should possess strong quantitative skills and an understanding of wildlife habitat, forest, and wildlife monitoring. Familiarity with open pine ecosystems, prescribed fire, and analysis of spatial datasets is desired.

Dr. Peter Vikesland - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Vikesland's research involves the application of fundamental chemical principles to the study of natural and engineered systems. A present focus is on the use of nanotechnology for the detection and remediation of environmental contaminants...

Update from IGC Alumna:
Dr. Angie Estrada, BIOL '19

In 2020, Dr. Estrada became the first woman to serve as the director of Summit Municipal Park, known as the only public botanical garden and zoo in Panama. She continues working in community ecology, the management of captive populations, ex-situ and in-situ conservation and science outreach for the protection of Panama's wildlife.

Marine & Freshwater Conservation Seminar: Dr. Jonathan van Senten, VT Applied and Agricultural Economics and Virginia Seafood AREC

Wednesday, February 24 at 4:30 pm
Contact GCC affiliate Dr. Holly Kindsvater for meeting info.
CEE EWR Seminar: Dr. Stephanie M. Smallegan, VT Ph.D. 2016, University of South Alabama, Dept. of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering

Coastal Engineering in a Changing Climate: Adapting to an Uncertain Future

Friday, February 26 at 2:30 pm
FREC Seminar: Dr. Leighton Reid, GCC faculty affiliate, VT School of Plant & Environmental Sciences

Friday, February 26 at 2:00 pm
Contact GCC affiliate Dr. Leighton Reid for meeting info.
The Nature Conservancy VA webinar
The Edge of Appalachia: Virginia's Allegheny Highlands Program
Thursday, Feb 25 at 12 pm
Join Allegheny Highlands Director Blair Smyth to hear about TNC’s conservation program at the edge of the Appalachians. He’ll explore the current state of the Appalachian forest, the challenges it faces in a changing climate and the work his team is doing to conserve everything from oaks to warblers to bears. He’ll showcase how his program is using science and technology to better understand this important forest and is helping to better achieve lasting benefits for its plants and animals.

Honoring Black History Month in February
Black History Month is an annual celebration of Black Americans’ achievements. During this month, we recognize Black Americans’ roles in history. More on the origins of black history month can be found here.

A list of events and activities hosted by VT Cultural & Community Centers can be found here:
Ryan Shaw, GCC Undergraduate Research Grant 2020 recipient, co-authors recent publication from Lahondère Lab:
Beat the heat: Culex quinquefasciatus regulates its body temperature during blood feeding
Ryan Shaw, a former undergraduate researcher with GCC affiliate Dr. Chloé Lahondère, worked on a project in 2020 focused on understanding the role of a mosquito that primarily feeds on cold-blooded animals plays in disease transmission among amphibians in Virginia. His research experience led to his contributions on a paper published in the Journal of Thermal Biology. Ryan graduated in May 2020 with a B.S. in Biology.

Scientist Mike Mann's latest book, 'The New Climate War..."

The New Climate War: the fight to take back our planet is the latest must-read book by leading climate change scientist and communicator Michael Mann of Penn State University. Published January 12, 2021, The New Climate War describes how...

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