William A. Hopkins, Ph.D. Director, The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech Director, Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
Dr. Hopkins will discuss the goals of the new Global Change Center at Virginia Tech and its associated Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. These new programs are funded by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Virginia Tech Graduate School, and currently include faculty participants from 6 Virginia Tech colleges. Dr. Hopkins seeks to identify ways to develop synergies and collaborations with individuals in the National Capitol Region.
Dr. Hopkins is a Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. He is also the Director of the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech (The Fralin Life Science Institute) and Director of the Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate Ph.D. Program (The Virginia Tech Graduate School). He holds additional Adjunct Professor appointments with the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and the College of Pharmacy’s Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program where he is also a member of the UGA Graduate Faculty.
Dr. Hopkins’ research focuses on physiological ecology and wildlife ecotoxicology, addressing pressing questions in both basic and applied science. To date, he has published more than 165 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on subjects pertaining to environmental stressors, pollution, and the physiological ecology of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and bats. His work is heavily cited in the scientific literature and he frequently provides input on important environmental issues to the media (e.g., 60 minutes, NPR, etc.) and to decision makers in Richmond, VA and Washington D.C.