Students in the College of Natural Resources have access to a wide variety of research laboratories and facilities. Cheatham Hall houses fully equipped laboratories for studies in the physiology, nutrition, and genetics of trees, fish, and wildlife. Modern wood chemistry laboratories are also maintained for the analysis of wood and its components.
The Thomas M. Brooks Forest Products Center is a 35,000 square foot complex on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus in the Corporate Research Center. The Brooks Center houses faculty, staff and students in the department of Wood Science and Forest Products. The Center contains research laboratories and equipment for conducting research in many area program areas of the department. The Center contains labs for wood base composites manufacture and testing, a high-bay wood engineering lab with full-scale timber testing equipment, the William A Sardo Pallet Laboratory and the Center for Unit Load laboratory. A new wood drying laboratory was recently completed, with a state-of-the-art laboratory kiln. The Center is named in honor of the late Thomas M. Brooks of Quinton, Virginia, whose life was devoted to the proper utilization of Virginia's forest resources. He was a strong advocate of sound management practices and a leader in the industry. Mr. Brooks was a generous contributor to the Center which was made possible through private funding.
Established as a College Center in 2002, the Sustainable Engineered Materials Institute seeks to improve the relationship between the development and manufacture of wood-based composites and existing forest management practices. As composite products replace solid lumber in many applications, the way in which we grow trees can change, improving the productivity and sustainability of our forests worldwide. Through SEMI, faculty from within the College of Natural Resources, working with other Virginia Tech faculty, will address this issue both through the design and study wood-based composites, and the improvement of forest management practices, and the dependent properties of wood from our forests.
The Conservation Management Institute , a College Center within the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech. CMI was established in 1999 to better address multi-disciplinary research questions that affect conservation management effectiveness in Virginia, North America, and the world. Faculty from Virginia Tech and other research institutions work collaboratively on projects ranging from endangered species propagation to natural resource-based satellite imagery interpretation.
The Aquaculture Demonstration and Research Facility is one of the larger, more sophisticated research facilities in the world for studying intensive aquaculture. The on-campus experimental fish hatchery is used for both teaching and research.
The Reynolds Homestead Forest Resources Research Center is a 710-acre research and education center located in Virginia's Piedmont region less than two hours away. It is equipped with a laboratory, greenhouse, shade house, aquatic research ponds, and field sites.
The Fishburn Forest is a 1,300 acre teaching and demonstration forest adjacent to campus.
The Center for Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing (CEARS) is a state of the art research facility developed by several Virginia Tech researchers from multiple departments who have formed partnerships with other industries, institutions, and governments to solve a wide array of environmental problems.
The Microcomputer Teaching Lab located in room 220 Cheatham Hall has 25 Windows based machines used for classes and also available for student use. Check the web page for times of availability.
For a complete list of facilities, students should contact the individual departments.