Student Spotlight

Mandy Chesnutt
A Different Facet of “On-the-Ground”
March 23, 2015 — CLiGS

“Working on what you care about makes work so much more interesting and fulfilling,” says Mandy Chesnutt, an alumna of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) inaugural cohort. “I go home every night knowing I contributed to something bigger.” (more…) Read More
Growing Connections and Getting Results
February 15, 2015 — CLiGS

Prior to the Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR), Maggie Striz Calnin was working for a consulting firm coordinating programs for the Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities Coalition to help in its mission of reducing the nation’s dependence on petroleum through local projects. Now? (more…) Read More
Chris Cook Switches Direction – New Position as Sustainability Director
January 27, 2015 — CLiGS

In the years leading up to his enrollment in a masters program, Chris Cook was looking for something new; a change that would provide ways for him to make an impact on his future and his community. This led him to pursue the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program in 2012, where he learned “that being a change agent would probably mean doing something different and potentially risky.” (more…) Read More
TJ Franklin, XMNR
TJ Franklin – Preparing for Transition to Civilian Life
January 20, 2015 — CLiGS

Although not retiring his military apparel just yet, Thomas (TJ) Franklin, current Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) student, is already thinking of how best to prep for the transition to civilian life. “The Navy is all I know, and I hope to get into the sustainability field when I retire. I’ve never had to job hunt so the things the program emphasizes will better assist me in that transition,” says TJ. The program is also helping him build friendships… Read More
Zach Hoffmann and his dog Zahara
The Mutual Benefits of Managed Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas
January 12, 2015 — Iris Picat

Overfishing is becoming a focus-issue among marine conservationists in light of food security challenges and economic trends. Zach Hoffman, a Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) student and Global Programs Coordinator at Rare, recently co-authored an article titled Marine protected areas and fisheries: bridging the divide published in a special edition of the journal Aquatic Conservation. The article highlights the challenges caused by overfishing and submits recommendations on how fisheries and marine protected areas, two areas of the… Read More