Animal Conservation

Four new professors join the College of Natural Resources and the Environment | VTX

In the spring, Elizabeth “Beth” Nyboer, a freshwater ecologist and conservation social scientist, will join the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation as an assistant professor. Nyboer’s research explores how anthropogenic stressors affect freshwater ecosystems and the fish, fisheries and fishing communities they support.

“My specific areas of interest include understanding the impacts of climate change on fisheries and fishing communities, building social and ecological resilience in fisheries systems, and identifying effective ways to amplify the impact environmental research into policy and practice,” she said.

Much of Nyboer’s work is based on the Great Lakes of the world, both in East Africa (Lake Victoria, Uganda) and North America. She plans to develop and expand her research in both Great Lakes regions and also to establish a program in Virginia.

“At Virginia Tech, I hope to build a research program that focuses on three intersecting lines of research: understanding the ecological effects of environmental stressors on fish, understanding how environmental change affects fisheries-based livelihoods and provide relevant evidence to inform fisheries management, policy and governance,” she said.

Nyboer has worked internationally in research and policy contexts, contributing as an author to the 6th Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and building long-lasting partnerships with researchers, governments and fishing communities in Uganda.

She joins Virginia Tech from the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia, where she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Indigenous Fisheries. Canadian-born, Nyboer earned her Ph.D. and a master’s degree from McGill University and a bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University.