Student Spotlight

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
Mark Wieder
Why I Went Back to School for a Second Graduate Degree
December 16, 2014 — Mark Wieder

Are you currently facing the tough decision of whether or not to pursue a professional level degree, or are you considering a career transition? Anyone facing a difficult career change, as I did, should consider the following: What is ultimately convincing you to follow your aspiration, or alternatively, what is holding you back? In this post I reveal the driving factors that led me to pursue an Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree after obtaining my Juris Doctor (JD)… Read More
JonLipinski - Student of VT Executive Master of Natural Resources
Fighting for Nature – XMNR from a Military Perspective
November 19, 2014 — Iris Picat

Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, Jonathan Lipinski, Executive Masters of Natural Resources (XMNR) student, and Environmental Science Officer for the U.S. Army Reserves, was always surrounded by natural beauty. However, it was not until he was in Afghanistan that it truly sunk in. “One day I looked up at the breathtaking landscape, and I knew then and there it was my duty to protect and keep the environment healthy for future generations,” he says. (more…) Read More