Alumni Highlight

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
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