Kate E. Langwig, ph.d.

Asst. Professor

Kate Langwig is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, and an affiliated faculty of the Global Change Center. Kate completed her B.S. at Union College in 2008, and worked for several years with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. She completed her Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of California Santa Cruz. Kate was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health from 2015-2017 before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech.

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Skylar is a quantitative ecologist working at individual- to ecosystem-level scales to answer basic and applied questions regarding parasite ecology and conservation. She is especially engaged in projects at the conceptual intersection of these two fields. Her research integrates several approaches, including experiments, field studies, mathematical and statistical models, and synthesis science. Skylar is working to understand how cave microclimates have mediated impacts of white-nose syndrome.


Graduate Student

Alex began his graduate studies in the Langwig lab in 2018. He is an alumnus of Virginia Tech, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in wildlife conservation. He is currently working on survival and persistence of little brown bats with white-nose syndrome. His research interests are in the ecology, evolution, and management of emerging infectious diseases of wildlife in a One Health framework.




Steffany is the glue that holds the lab together. She manages lab databases, helps prepare field operations, and keeps the wet lab safe, secure, and stocked. She enjoys learning about ecology of various disciplines in the labs she has worked in. Her research interests are in the interactions between soil microbes, soil, plants, and herbivores (insect and livestock). She is also a gifted artist that makes beautiful pottery.

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mercedes clark
undergraduate researcher

Mercedes Clark is a Junior majoring in Biological Sciences emphasizing in Biomedical and a minor in Psychology. She is assisting in literature review assessing vaccine effectiveness across pathogen doses. After she graduates, she will attend medical school pursuing a career as a Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic surgeon. A little about her: She is a military brat. She loves to travel, watch movies, go to amusement parks, spend time with family and friends, and learn more about the field of epidemiology.


molly kwitny

undergraduate researcher

Molly Kwitny is a junior at Virginia Tech working towards a degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Entomology. She is assisting in literature review assessing vaccine effectiveness across pathogen doses. Her research interests include disease ecology, epidemiology, and arthropod vectors.

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Rowan berman

undergraduate researcher

Rowan Berman is an undergraduate student studying statistics at Virginia Tech, expecting to graduate May of 2020. She is assisting with preparing materials for sampling in the field and in proofing data. She is interested in following a career in biostatistics, and has special interest in the designing of experiments and the subsequent analysis of data. Her interest in white-nose syndrome is in part due to her experiences caving.