Soil scientist researches nature versus nurture in microorganisms

A West Virginia University researcher used science and data to solve the timeless argument of nature versus nurture – at least when it comes to microorganisms. Ember Morrissey, assistant professor of environmental microbiology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, uncovered that nature significantly affects how the tiny organisms under our feet respond to their current surroundings.

The positive implications of…climate change? WVU researcher sees agricultural, food availability and economic possibilities

Depending on your side of the aisle, climate change either elicits doomsday anxiety or unabashed skepticism. Jason Hubbart, director of Institute of Water Security and Science at West Virginia University, takes a more centered approach. He’s studied the undisputable changing patterns in West Virginia’s climate. And, believe it or not, there is at least one silver lining stemming from changing climate, he insists: The growing season is getting longer.

WVU researchers study factors that affect stream water quality

Clean water is indispensable for human health, and human activity plays a large role water quality. West Virginia University researchers have compared that circular relationship in watersheds affected by different water movement and external factors to identify the dominant controls of stream water quality and ecosystem health.

WVU achieves 2018 Tree Campus USA designation, invites campus community to Arbor Day planting

West Virginia University’s commitment to effective urban forest management was fast-tracked throughout the last year, enhancing the look and feel of campus by preserving campus trees and planning for the planting of dozens of new trees to replace canopy cover lost to pests and age. The work has earned WVU a Tree Campus USA designation, making it one of 364 campuses to have the title.