Tony Timpano successfully defends his PhD dissertation


Congratulations to Tony Timpano for successfully defending his PhD dissertation in August 2017! Tony’s research focuses on characterizing community structural response to increasing salinity and determining the optimal method by which to quantify salinity for the purposes of modeling that response. His dissertation title is “Toward improved assessment of freshwater …

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Kriddie Whitmore successfully defends her master’s thesis

Kriddie Whitmore

Congratulations to Kriddie Whitmore for successfully defending her master’s thesis in December 2016! Her thesis title is “Selenium in Headwater Streams: Evaluating Enrichment and Bioaccumulation in Streams of the Central Appalachian Coalfields”

Trip Krenz: new paper published in Ecological Engineering


Robert (Trip) Krenz, Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University and a former doctoral student in the Virginia Tech Forest Hydrology and Soils Lab, has published a paper in Ecological Engineering.  The paper discusses results from a portion of his dissertation research, which focused on assessing structure and ecological functions of constructed …

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Tony Timpano is co-author on a new salinity paper in Science


From VT News Story by Lindsay Key BLACKSBURG, Va., March 2, 2016 – Aquatic life can suffer when high concentrations of dissolved salts enter freshwater ecosystems, a process known as salinization. An international, multi-institutional team of researchers that includes a Virginia Tech graduate student recommends ways that humans can protect …

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Welcome Ross Vander Vorste, post-doctoral research associate


January, 2016 Our lab is excited to welcome Ross Vander Vorste, PhD, as a new post-doctoral research associate.  Ross is a freshwater ecologist with a wide-range of experience studying small streams, large rivers, isolated wetlands and glacial lakes. Ross completed his PhD in Ecology with Dr. Thibault Datry in December …

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Beth Boehme: new paper published in Ecological Indicators


January 2016: A new paper written by Beth Boehme featuring her M.S. thesis research of benthic macroinvertebrate  community responses to coal mining in headwater streams of southwestern Virginia has been published online in Ecological Indicators. The title of the paper is “Temporal dynamics of benthic macro invertebrate communities and their responses to …

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2015 Water Resources Conference of the Virginias


The Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech and the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University will be hosting the 2015 Water Resources Conference of the Virginias. The theme for this event is “Water – Energy – Agriculture” and will take place October 5-6, 2015 at …

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Schoenholtz president-elect of NIWR

Stephen Schoenholtz, Professor and Director of the Water Resources Research Center, College of Natural Resources and Environment.

Stephen Schoenholtz, director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, was chosen this week to serve as president-elect of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR). NIWR is the organization of state water resources research institutes or centers authorized by section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1964. NIWR …

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