Lori Blanc

Assistant Professor of Practice, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Orion Living-Learning Community
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4082 Derring Hall (MC 0406)
926 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
USA

Major Fields of Interest

Conservation Biology, Endangered Species Management, Sustainability, High-Impact Educational Practices

Current Research and Teaching

Red-cockaded woodpecker monitoring and management; Community and nest-web interaction ecology; Living-learning communities; First-year experience programs; Study abroad

  • Research Scientist, 01/11- 08/15, Department of Biological Sciences, Avian Ecology Lab, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Program Director and Faculty Leader, Hokies Abroad South Pacific, 09/10 - present, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, 08/07- 12/10, Department of Biological Sciences, Avian Ecology Lab, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Honorary Post-doctoral Research Associate, 02/09 – 03/2010, Center for Applied Conservation Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Ph.D., 7/07, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 01/01 – 07/07, Department of Biological Sciences, Avian Ecology Lab, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Wildlife Technician, 06/98 - 12/00, Dr. J.H. Carter III & Associates, Inc. Environmental Consulting Firm, Southern Pines, NC
  • Trainer / Computer Analyst, 05/97 - 06/98, Computel, Inc., Fayetteville, NC
  • Visiting Researcher / Ambassadorial Scholar, 07/96 - 05/97, Computer Science Dept., Univ. of Queensland, Australia
  • Master of Science Degree, Computer Science, June 1995, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Computer Science, June 1993, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 
  • 2017 Teacher of the Week, Center for Instructional Design and Educational Research 
  • 2017 Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars award through the National Resource Center for First Year Experience and Students in Transition 
  • 2016 Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education 
  • 2014 Virginia Tech Diggs Teaching Scholar Award 
  • 2007 Virginia Tech College of Science Outstanding Graduate Student Award 
  • 2006 Presidential Citation, American Ornithologists' Union, October 2006 
  • 2006 Oral Presentation Award Honorable Mention, 4th North American Ornithological Congress, October 2006 
  • 2006 Virginia Tech College of Science Alumni Roundtable ‘Best Research Poster’ award 
  • 2006 Third Place, Original Photography Category, Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center Art and Photography Contest, April 2006 
  • 2005 Virginia Tech Graduate Student Service Award 
  • 1994 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, Computer Science Dept., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo