Student Spotlight

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
Darin Liston is an affiliate at the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability and an alumnus of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program.
Be the Example You Want to See
May 11, 2015 — Iris Picat

Wanting to break out of his Navy mold, Darin Liston pondered his next move. “I thought natural resources was a better fit for me in the long run; helping to save the planet,” rather than being a government contractor. When he saw the Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR) program available in his own backyard in the National Capital Region, he was sold. (more…) Read More
A Champion for Sustainable Agricultural Practices
April 20, 2015 — Jeremy Orr

When Josh Nease set out in search of a master’s degree, he was looking for more than just your run-of-the-mill formal education provided by most universities. As the manager of Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center (CSC), a nearly 400-acre farm in Catawba, Virginia, that researches sustainable farming practices, he sought a graduate school that offered both personal and professional growth. One that challenged his perceptions and broadened his understanding of natural resource management principles, especially at the global level. (more…) Read More