The Global Change Center is led by its Founding Director, Dr. William A. Hopkins. He is also the Founding Director of the GCC’s Interfaces of Global Change, an Interdisciplinary Graduate program. Dr. Hopkins is the Associate Executive Director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute.
Dr. Hopkins joined Virginia Tech in 2005 and is a Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. His research focuses on how anthropogenic threats like climate change affect reproduction and parental care in wildlife, and how these disruptions can affect population dynamics and ultimately biodiversity. Dr. Hopkins is an award winning teacher and researcher, to include the highest honors offered by his home department, college, the University, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also frequently provides scientific expertise to decision makers in Washington and to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and he has been featured in diverse news outlets to include 60 minutes, NPR, and the New York Times.
GCC Advisory Committee
A committee of faculty from diverse disciplines at Virginia Tech provide high-level support and diverse perspectives to the GCC Director. The Advisory Committee is responsible for vetting major decisions that affect the center, identifying new opportunities, ideating new initiatives, and evaluating the progress and efficacy of the Center’s existing programs and procedures.
Current Board Members
General ItemDr. William Hopkins
Professor | Fish and Wildlife Conservation
General ItemDr. Leandro Castello
Associate Professor | Fish and Wildlife Conservation
General ItemDr. Chloé Lahondère
Assistant Professor | Biochemistry
General ItemDr. Kevin McGuire
Professor | FREC/VWRRC
General ItemDr. Ignacio Moore
Professor | Biological Sciences
General ItemDr. Hosein Foroutan
Assistant Professor | Civil and Environmental Engineering
General ItemDr. Julie Shortridge
Assistant Professor | Biological Systems Engineering
General ItemDr. Ryan Stewart
Associate Professor | School of Plant and Environmental Sciences