Fostering Interdisciplinarity

Our 18 core faculty members at Virginia Tech represent a diversity of scientific and societal perspectives as well as a community of scholars spanning all stages of their academic career.  We represent 10 departments and 6 colleges on campus, and one off-campus center, with strong inclusion of both the sciences and social sciences (UAP, HIST, STS, and Brosnan Center).

Reaching across so many academic units is required to achieve our vision for interdisciplinary training.  Faculty from these diverse departments will offer formal coursework in their areas of expertise, participate in the GRAD 5134 and Graduate seminar courses, and participate in the multitude of IGC IGEP social events.

 

IGC Faculty

William A. Hopkins

Interfaces of Global Change Program Director and Professor

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Trophic and maternal transfer of contaminants, maternal effects, stress ecophysiology, bioenergetics and physiological tradeoffs

Jeffrey R. Walters

Harold H. Bailey Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Conservation of avian species and associated ecosystems, dispersal behavior and its relationship to sensitivity to habitat fragmentation, evolution of cooperative breeding systems, the science – policy interface

Paul Angermeier

Research Scientist and Professor

US Geological Survey, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: Ecology and conservation of stream fishes, ecosystem services provided by watersheds and basins, use of biotic communities to assess environmental quality

Jacob Barney

Assistant Professor

Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology & Weed Science

Research Interests: Invasive plant ecology, ecological impacts of invaders, risk assessment, bioenergy crop ecology

Jeb Barrett

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Research addresses the influences of soils, climate variability, hydrology, and biodiversity on biogeochemical cycling from the scale of microorganisms to regional landscapes

Mark V. Barrow, Jr.

Professor and Chair

Department of History
Faculty Affiliate, Science and Technology in Society Department

Research Interests: The history of attitudes, policies, and scientific research related to endangered species; the cultural and environmental history of American wildlife

Lisa Belden

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Community ecology of disease dynamics, with a focus on trematode parasites and microbial symbionts of amphibians

Deborah M. Brosnan

Affiliate Professor of Biology

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Application of ecosystem and natural resources science to multi-hazards and climate change challenges, and the design of interdisciplinary science-based solutions; special focus on coastal and marine systems. Integration of multi-disciplinary science in environmental and biological decision-making, involving policy, law, and project actions and across sectors

Cayelan Carey

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Freshwater ecosystems, climate change, nutrient pollution and water quality

Dana Hawley

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Wildlife disease ecology, ecological immunology, behavioral and physiological ecology, avian biology

Bruce Hull

Professor of Leadership for Sustainability

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: constructing sustainable development in the face of converging demographic, environmental, governance, and market transformations

Leigh-Anne H. Krometis

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Research Interests: Public health, fate and transport of waterborne pathogens, rural drinking water and sanitation

Ignacio Moore

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Reproduction and stress in free-living vertebrates

Amy Pruden-Bagchi

Assoicate Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Applied environmental microbiology, antibiotic resistance, mine drainage remediation; oil spill bioremediation and persistence

Scott Salom

Professor

Department of Entomology
Faculty Affiliate, Science and Technology in Society Department

Research Interests: Forest entomology and biological control

Stephen Schoenholtz

Director and Professor

Virginia Water Resources Research Center/Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: Forest hydrology, watershed management, water quality, biogeochemistry, soil science

Madeline E. Schreiber

Associate Professor

Department of Geosciences

Research Interests: Groundwater quality, naturally occurring contaminants

R. Quinn Thomas

Assistant Professor

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: ecosystem dynamics, climate change, air pollution and carbon cycling in forests

 

Affiliated Faculty

Anamaria Bukvic

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

Research Interests: environmental policy and planning, climate change, coastal adaptation and resilience, relocation

Leandro Castello

Assistant Professor

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: fisheries, conservation, tropics

Emmanuel Frimpong

Associate Professor

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Research Interests: ecology of fishes in fluvial landscapes, life history-based community and species-habitat modeling, quantitative ecology, aquatic bioassessment and monitoring, aquaculture development in sub-Saharan Africa

Joel McGlothlin

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests: evolutionary genetics, behavioral ecology, and physiology

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