Alumni Highlight

Megan Draheim
From Fear to Understanding
November 13, 2017 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – NOVEMBER 13, 2017.  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… 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
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