The Radford University student chapter of The Wildlife Society sent 12 students to the annual conference of the Virginia chapter of The Wildlife Society (VATWS). Our students represented RU well, completing 5 professional research presentations and taking home 2 student awards.
Fallon Parker was the winner of the "Excellence in Wildlife Stewardship through Science and Education" student scholarship. This is a $500 award given to one undergraduate student in the Commonwealth who is pursuing a career in wildlife biology. Fallon is the 3rd RU student in 3 years to win this state-wide award - quite the honor for RU!
Brenna Hyzy took 2nd place in the student presentation competition, beating out several graduate students for this award. Her research talk was entitled: Monitoring the status of gray bats in Virginia, 2009-2013, since the onset of White-nose Syndrome.
Additionally, 4 students presented research posters at this conference:
- Fallon Parker: Contributing to fisheries conservation in Knoxville, Tennessee
- Alex Pearce: Use of Radford Army Ammunition Plant magazines as artificial bat hibernacula
- Emily Clark: Within-season temporal variation in reproductive success of eastern bluebirds, Sialia sialis, in southwestern Virginia
- Nikohl Miller: Animal surveys at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in summer 2013
We are proud of all of our students who attended this meeting. It was a great opportunity to learn about wildlife research in the Commonwealth, to share their own research experiences, and to network with potential employers.