Student Spotlight

Alumni Highlight: Molly Brown
November 6, 2017 — Alec Masella

Recent Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate Molly Brown has made a career shift into environmental law this past year, returning to her passion for global sustainability. Not knowing at first how to go about making this shift, she turned to the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). Her experience with the XMNR program provided Molly the support and connections she needed to make her way into her current position as Staff Attorney with the Chesapeake… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part I
November 2, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

[caption id="attachment_9569" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo: Your Best Digs, CC by 2.0,[/caption] 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… 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