VHCC, UVa-Wise Students Collaborate on Green Salamander Research

A collaborative research project conducted by students at Virginia Highlands Community College and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise has resulted in a better understanding of Green Salamander populations and a September article in Herpetological Review. The research began more than a decade ago and was aimed at determining the prevalence of harmful pathogens…

Biology Students Trained to Use GPS/GNSS Technology

Biology students at Virginia Highlands Community College recently received hands-on training using geospatial technology to gather scientific data at TVA’s South Holston Weir Dam. The training session was scheduled as part of Expanding Geospatial Technician Education Through Virginia’s Community Colleges (GeoTEd), an initiative coordinated by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. GeoTEd’s goal is to introduce…

Coastal Critters the Focus of Spring Break Study

If your idea of a perfect Spring Break at the beach includes sun, sand, boat-tailed grackle and Yabby shrimp, you’re probably one of 14 students and three faculty members taking part in VHCC’s 2014 Coastal Ecology Course. Jessica Cox described the experience nicely. “I came on this trip expecting to learn about the marine environment,…

Plant Life of Virginia Students Travel to Botanical Gardens

Students enrolled in the new Plant Life of Virginia course, BIO-215 taught by Associate Professor Kevin Hamed, visited the University of North Carolina-Asheville Botanical Gardens on Friday. The gardens house over 650 species of plants and the majority are native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Students were able to practice their identification skills and see…

Assistant Professor Kevin Hamed’s Research is Published

If you’re interested in amphibian diseases – the Ranavirus in Plethdontid Salamanders within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, to be exact – you’ll certainly want to pick up the latest copy of Herpetological Review and read the compelling article by VHCC Assistant Professor Kevin Hamed. Kevin’s research was partially funded through a grant with…