Alicia Thomas Finds Her Missing Piece
June 26, 2017 — Lindsay Key

Finding the time to complete a master’s degree was not an easy task for Alicia Thomas, who, in 2012, was working full-time and had a third child on the way. However, the flexibility of Virginia Tech’s Online Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) program and the encouragement of its faculty members helped Thomas complete her degree in May 2016 and ultimately land a job that she loves. In August 2016, Thomas began working for the USDA Forest Service in Rolling Fork, Mississippi,… Read More
A Broader Sustainability Perspective
June 19, 2017 — Lindsay Key

Tyler Matusevich credits the Virginia Tech Masters of Natural Resources program with helping him to think outside the box—and also more about the box. The 2015 alumnus earned a bachelor’s degree in packaging science in 2013 from Virginia Tech before deciding to pursue a master’s in natural resources.  “I wanted a broader perspective on sustainability,” said Matusevich. “In the packaging industry, we try to reduce materials to save costs in packaging, but the program helped me to better understand the… Read More
My Desire and Duty to Pay It Forward
June 12, 2017 — Robert S. Eaton

  I have always loved the outdoors since growing up in Winston-Salem, N.C and spending my earlier years as a Boy Scout camping and hiking in the nearby Sauratown Mountains, Hanging Rock State Park, Pilot Mt. State Park and Raven Knob Boy Scout Reservation. As a young Boy Scout, I knew that I would pursue a career in natural resources and have always been connected to mother earth developing my passion and skills to maintain a sustainable ecosystem. The skills learned as an Eagle… Read More
XMNR Alumni Joins Chesapeake Legal Alliance
June 8, 2017 —
The Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLI) is thrilled to announce that Molly Brown has joined the team as a Staff Attorney.  Ms. Brown will be handling issues that arise in Annapolis and the Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Prince Georges,Howard, Montgomery, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's as well as Washington, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia. Staff Attorney Mary Clemmensen will handle issues arising in the remainder of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. Molly brings to CLA her previous environmental and land… Read More
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