Student Spotlight

Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part I
November 2, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

Across the globe, there are over 25 million farmers producing coffee. Many are smallholders in developing countries that rely on the crop for their source of income. In this 5-part series, I will examine the coffee crop in detail to determine how its production is linked to poverty. Throughout the project, I will also look at climate change to learn more about its implications for natural ecosystems and local economies. I am specifically interested in learning how a changing climate could perpetuate… Read More
Student Spotlight: Emily Hansroth
September 18, 2017 — Alec Masella

Environmental and Safety engineer Emily Hansroth focuses on health and safety compliance issues at aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin. Her professional role, along with a desire to return to her environmental science roots, provided the motivation she needed to join the current Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) cohort in January. “If you know you have some kind of passion for an environmental topic, being part of the [XMNR] program is beneficial. It provides the big picture,” she explains.… Read More
The Right Tool for the Job…
December 14, 2016 — Rocco Saracina

[...or Why I Chose Virginia Tech's Master of Natural Resources Degree] I always loved the outdoors and envisioned a career that connects me to nature. When it came time to go to college, I landed in an environmental science program at Humboldt State University. Early on I had a preservationist attitude towards natural resources, but my education quickly spurred my interest in enacting conservation through a more dynamic sustainability approach. I began to recognize a future role for myself but… 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
MNR Student Allison Homer joins VT Office of Economic Development
October 21, 2016 — CLiGS

Current MNR student, Allison Homer has joined the team at Virginia Tech's Office of Economic Development. Allison will be working as an economic development specialist and has many years of experience working in economic development and project management, both regionally and internationally. Allison also has completed a Master's degree from Virginia Tech in Urban and Regional Planning and holds a Bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University. To learn more please visit: VT News Read More