From the Classroom

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
Adam Kalkstein
A Toolkit for Climate Policy-Making
February 5, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA - FEBRUARY 5, 2018.   Climate scientist Dr. Adam Kalkstein will teach a graduate course on Climate Change Policy for Virginia Tech's Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program during the upcoming 12-week Summer 2018 term, which begins on May 21st. While Dr. Kalkstein’s other course, Climate Change Science, focuses on human influences and impacts that lead to climate change, Climate Change Policy is a deep dive into international, national, and sub-national institutional responses, including the United Nationals Framework Convention on Climate… Read More
Managing Transboundary Resources
January 11, 2018 — Lindsay Key

[caption id="attachment_9975" align="aligncenter" width="592"] NASA image of transboundary pollution (public domain).[/caption] Boundaries are human-developed distinctions that help us make sense of our world. Because of geographical, cultural, and political boundaries, we understand one thing as separate from another, come to understand ownership, and can delegate tasks and responsibilities. However, what happens when an environmental issue causes all or some of those boundaries to collide? Suddenly, a seemingly black and white matter blurs to gray, and developing sound policy is not… Read More
Building Credentials, Competencies, and Connections
January 4, 2018 — Alec Masella

David Robertson, PhD, is the founding director of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate degree program and a Senior Fellow and Associate Director at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). In a recent interview, he provided some insight to how the XMNR program provides students with not only a graduate degree and an exceptional learning experience but also professional networking opportunities that help students accomplish their career goals. Since 2010, David has worked with a… Read More
Giving a Dam for Water Security (IV)
December 26, 2017 — Mark Kessel

[In Part I , Part II , and Part III of this four-part series, XMNR student Mark Kessel discussed the early stages of the Thumbo ka Golia (Jalore, India) community's attempts to address the lack of potable water, partnering with Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) and Excellent Development (ED) to build a sand dam and provide greater water security for the village. In Part IV, Kessel completes the story with a discussion of the sand dam's impact on Thumbo ka Golia residents.] As early… Read More