GCC Faculty Affiliates Co-locate to Steger Hall to Create Novel Synergies
August 9, 2021
August 9, 2021
The Fralin Life Sciences Institute is co-locating researchers from across three colleges at Virginia Tech to Steger Hall to foster interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle threats to the environment and society. Following in the footsteps of similar moves over the last year, the co-location will bring together innovative scientific minds to encourage innovative research.
The newest residents of Steger Hall include three affiliates of the Global Change Center (GCC): Todd Schenk (CAUS), Meryl Mims (COS), and Jacob Barney (CALS) Their research programs focus on various aspects of global change, including invasive animals and plants. Invasive species pose significant risks to agriculture, natural resources, infrastructure, recreation, rural livelihoods, and human health. In the U.S. alone, invasive species cause more than $20 billion in damages each year. “One of the major strengths of the GCC is the way our community fosters rewarding collaborations from a range of disciplines on campus and beyond,” says Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Meryl Mims. “As a lab, we are thrilled to join many of our GCC colleagues in Steger Hall and look forward to collaborations in a range of exciting areas, including the biology and policy of invasive species management in a rapidly changing world.”
“The latest strategic move of faculty into Steger Hall will bring together expertise from three colleges to build on current campus-wide momentum on invasive species. Along with the recent co-location of expertise on climate change, ecological forecasting, and infectious disease in Steger Hall, we are building a diverse community studying these complex problems in the field, at the bench, and using advanced computational approaches,” said William Hopkins, associate executive director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute and director of the Global Change Center.