A Passion for Urban Water Issues
November 2, 2016 — Lindsay Key

More than half of the world’s people live in a city, and that number continues to rise. The booming human population—expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050—coupled with the gravitation to cities for resources is responsible for the increase. Unfortunately, this trend puts a heavy burden on natural systems and city infrastructures, such as transportation, electricity, disposal facilities, sanitation, and water supply. Tiona Johnson is dedicating her career to addressing access to water. “Water is a necessity for life, and… Read More
Conservation & Communication
October 21, 2016 — Lindsay Key

In June 2016, Adam Schellhammer achieved his dream job when he became director of the Monroe County Conservation District in New Jersey.  He credits his graduation from Virginia Tech’s Master’s of Natural Resources (MNR)—just a month before—as the key to his success. “I decided to enter the MNR program because I knew that the education and experience that I would gain throughout the program would be instrumental in achieving a position in the conservation field where I could truly make… Read More
Mandy Chesnutt
A Different Facet of “On-the-Ground”
March 23, 2015 — CLiGS

“Working on what you care about makes work so much more interesting and fulfilling,” says Mandy Chesnutt, an alumna of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) inaugural cohort. “I go home every night knowing I contributed to something bigger.” (more…) Read More
Robert Cox, an Online Master of Natural Resources alumnus, met with scientists and curriculum developers at the Wash Woods Environmental Education Center to have his graduate capstone research developed into new science curriculum for Virginia students across the state.
From Capstone to Curriculum
February 23, 2015 — Iris Picat

Did you know that invasive feral pigs have been reported in at least 40 of the 50 states? This past month, Robert Cox, recent Online Master of Natural Resource graduate, was personally invited to attend a writing workshop organized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Project Wild. The workshop was centered around creating a feral hog curriculum based on one of the recommendations in his paper titled “Potential Impacts of Increased Feral Pig Populations to… Read More
Nigeria State Christmas Tree
Growing Connections and Getting Results
February 15, 2015 — CLiGS

Prior to the Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR), Maggie Striz Calnin was working for a consulting firm coordinating programs for the Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities Coalition to help in its mission of reducing the nation’s dependence on petroleum through local projects. Now? (more…) Read More