Student Spotlight

Transboundary Elephant Conservation
April 9, 2018 — Neil Dampier

As a photographic safari guide I am fortunate to travel to unique and interesting wilderness locations. In January this year I had the opportunity to guide a safari to Zakouma National Park in Chad. Established as a national park in 1963, Zakouma is home to an abundance of diverse fauna and flora. However, Zakouma is also a place of great tragedy as well as hope. Between 2002 and 2010, intensive poaching reduced the park’s elephant population by 90%, to only… Read More
Social Media, e-Commerce, and CITES
March 19, 2018 — Justin Vollmer

A recent study on the role of social media, search engines, and e-commerce in the expansion of global wildlife tracking has caught the attention of the news media.  TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, has provided extensive documentation of this burgeoning market, causing leading tech companies such as Google, Alibaba, Facebook, Instagram, and others to commit to developing and implementing policies and solutions to reduce demand for and access to illegal plant and animal sales. Prior to 1973, trade in… Read More
Equestrian Facilities as a Luxury Resource (II)
March 12, 2018 — Martha Wehling

In Part I of this two-part series,Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program graduate student Martha Wehling introduced the concept of equine facilities as a luxury resources, and examined the socioeconomic stratification associated with equestrian sports. In the following post, Martha discusses other relevant resource boundaries, including gender disparities, immigrant employment, the impact on natural resources, and the role of natural resource managers. As I explained in the first part of this series, students in Dr. Jennifer Lawrence's Transboundary Resource Management course, including… Read More
Equestrian Facilities as a Luxury Resource (I)
March 5, 2018 — Martha Wehling

In this two-part series, MNR graduate student Martha Wehling examines the impacts of luxury resources and the role of resource managers through the lens of facilities supporting equestrian hobbyists. Recently, CLiGS Fellow and member of the Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program faculty Dr. Jennifer Lawrence asked students in her Transboundary Resource Management course to explore luxury resources, their impacts, and the role of resource managers in managing these impacts.  My fellow students and I were encouraged by Dr. Lawrence to consider… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part V
November 30, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

[In the Part I of this series, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial. Parts II, III, and IV offered an overview of the environmental, social, and economic impacts, respectively, of climate change on coffee cultivation and production. In this, the final installment of the series, Nicole will discuss coffee, climate change, poverty, and sustainability.] Coffee & Poverty As noted in the social impacts section of this series, the coffee industry employs over… Read More