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Never Grow Up: Snot Otters, Blood Suckers and A Smattering of Humble Advice for Aspiring Scholars
William A. Hopkins, Ph.D. is
professor of wildlife conservation, director of The Global Change Center and
director of the Interfaces of Global Change Interdisciplinary Graduate
Education Program at Virginia Tech. Professor Hopkins received his doctorate in
biology from the University of South Carolina, master of science in zoology from Auburn
University and bachelor of science in biology from Mercer University. Before joining the
faculty at Virginia Tech, he was on the faculty at the University of Georgia and
has maintained an active research program at the University of Georgia’s Savannah
River Ecology Laboratory for 20 years.
Dr. Hopkins uses interdisciplinary approaches to study
how anthropogenic global changes such as pollution, disease, habitat
destruction and climate change influence the health of wildlife populations.
He is internationally recognized for his outstanding contributions in several
interrelated research areas including the effects of pollutants on reproduction
and parental care in wildlife,and the effects of temperature on the early development
of birds. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed works, served on two
National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committees and served
as an associate editor for several journals. His expertise is regularly sought following
major environmental disasters including the TVA ash spill, the BP Gulf oil
spill, the Tisza River (Hungary) cyanide spill and the Guadiamar River (Spain)
mine tailings disaster. Professor
Hopkins’ research has been featured by international media including NPR, BBC,
the New York Times and 60 Minutes. He regularly serves on advisory panels for state
and federal agencies and provides frequent scientific guidance on
environmental issues to policy makers in Washington D.C.
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