Alumni Highlight

Communication & Influence
February 12, 2018 — Alec Masella

Emily Talley brings a unique perspective to class when teaching for Virginia Tech's Master of Natural Resources (MNR). That's due, in part, because before she became an instructor she was an MNR student, completing the Executive (XMNR) program in May 2014. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Talley completed several geology courses and became increasingly interested in addressing environmental issues. Shortly after earning her bachelor's degree in English, she was recruited to work for an environmental consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia.… Read More
From Fear to Understanding
November 13, 2017 — Alec Masella

On October 11, three years of planning, research, and collaboration came to a head for Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) alumni Ryan Hathaway and Ana-Elisa (Isa) Bryant, as well as MNR faculty member Dr. Megan Draheim. Their paper “From fear to understanding: Changes in media representation of leopard incidences after media awareness workshops in Mumbai, India,” has been published in the Journal of Urban Ecology [3(1), October 11, 2017]. Co-authored with Sunil Limaye, Chief Conservator of Forests in Maharashtra,… Read More
Why “Boring” is Important to Sustainability
August 7, 2017 — Brian Macnamara

Let’s talk about why sustainability needs to be boring. Most of us have retirement plans that are invested in stocks and bonds. The companies who issue those securities must report on an annual basis to various regulatory bodies about their operating performance. These annual reports are then compared, analyzed, and made public so that you and I can make informed decisions about where to invest our hard earned dollars. This information is available because these companies are required by law… Read More
Kate Fritz - Alumna of VA Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR)
XMNR Alum Named Executive Director at Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
July 17, 2017 —
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional leader in Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration since 1971, announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Kate A. Fritz as the organization’s new Executive Director. The announcement follows a six-month nationwide search undertaken to replace current Executive Director, Al Todd, who will be retiring in August 2017. Ms. Fritz currently serves as the Executive Director of the South River Federation in Annapolis, Maryland. She will assume her new role with the… Read More
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