Dr. Robert Atkinson, Professor Ph.D. Virginia Tech Office: Mary Brock Forbes Hall, 2040-D Teaching Areas Research Interests Student Projects
B.S., M.S. James Madison University
Structural and functional characteristics of created and restored wetlands. Current focus involves the use of tree rings and climate data to manage and restore Atlantic White Cedar swamps, typically in the Great Dismal Swamp and other regional National Wildlife Refuges.
Rob Atkinson came to the department in 1995. His out-of-school interests include canoeing, fishing, restoring his old farm house and working with teams of undergraduate and graduate students to understand ecosystems. He has conducted over $1.2 million in externally-funded research and his former students work for the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the VA Dept. of Environmental Quality, the Natural Heritage Program, The Nature Conservancy, local environmental consulting firms and elsewhere. He and his wife Leslie have a young son and daughter.
Dr. Robert Atkinson, Professor
Ph.D. Virginia Tech
Office: Mary Brock Forbes Hall, 2040-D