Brian D. Badgley

Associate Professor

I started at VT in 2012 following an academic tour including Georgia, Maryland, South Florida, and Minnesota. I have a diverse background including environmental science, ecology, and microbiology, and I enjoy using these various perspectives to address questions in environmental microbiology. When I’m not working or shuttling my kids to soccer or swimming, I make it my goal to spend as much time as I can enjoying the outdoors – I still can’t believe I’m fortunate enough work on a campus only ten miles from the Appalachian Trail.

badgley(at)vt(dot)edu; (540) 231-9629; Brian’s CV

Steven DeVilbiss



My academic career has taken me across the state of Wisconsin, and now to Virginia Tech. My research interests revolve around aquatic ecosystems with an emphasis on the connection between land use and ecosystem processes. When I’m not in the lab or out in the field you can probablyfind me playing guitar or cheering for the Packers.



Tom Dick

Research Faculty

FacultyBio_Pic_TJD (2).jpgAfter earning my doctorate, I taught chemistry and physics at Carlow University for several years. After relocating to SW VA, I gained experience in analytical method development in the pharmaceutical and window film industries, before transitioning to  QC and QA manager positions in manufacturing. I have transitioned back into academic research at VT  as a Special Research Faculty to manage and support multiple labs working on environmental projects. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 kids doing anything outdoors.


Stephanie Duston

Ph.D. Student

Stephanie was an undergraduate researcher in the lab in 2016-17, pursued a MS degree with our colleague, Brian Strahm, in 2018-2020, and will be returning to the lab as a PhD student in 2020, jointly co-advised with Strahm an myself. More to come!


Autumn Peterson

Undergraduate Researcher

Autumn is an Environmental Science major at VT and has been an undergraduate researcher in the lab since 2019. She has received the Clare Booth Luce and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Awards, and served as a Sustainability Scholar in 2019-20.


Sarah Shawver

Ph.D. Student


After completing degrees in Wisconsin and Texas, I came to Blacksburg, where the climate is not so extreme. My research interests include how soil properties influence microorganisms. In my free time, I enjoy baking and spoiling my cat.



Previous lab members

  • Colin Baciocco – Confluence REEU student, 2019
  • Amir Barnet –  Confluence REEU student, 2018
  • Jessica Barthel – Confluence REEU student, 2018
  • Romina Benitez – StREAM REU student, 2013
  • Cameron Bermand – Undergraduate researcher and SURF Fellow 2018-2019
  • Catie Cappellin – MS Student, 2017-2019; Undergraduate researcher 2015-2017
  • Ndeye Helene Diallo-Diagne – MS student, 2014-16
  • Dan Flannery – Undergraduate researcher 2013-2015
  • Josh Franklin – Undergraduate researcher and research technician, 2013-2016
  • Christine Hart – StREAM REU student, 2014
  • Izzy Largen – Confluence REEU student, 2019
  • Sarah Medley – StREAM REU student, 2014
  • Tim Neher – Undergraduate researcher 2013-2015
  • Megan Orentas – Undergraduate researcher 2014-2015
  • Kestrel Owens – Confluence REEU student, 2019
  • Caleb Ring – Confluence REEU student, 2018
  • Nidal Sarsour – Undergraduate researcher, 2013-14
  • Richard Sawyer – MAOP summer intern, 2013
  • Erin Schaberg – StREAM REU student, 2013
  • Crystal Smitherman – MAOP summer intern, 2014
  • Andrea Stewart – StREAM REU student, 2014
  • Shan Sun – PhD Student, 2013-17
  • Regan Wagner – Undergraduate researcher, 2015-2017
  • Emily von Wagoner – StREAM REU student, 2013
  • Lucas Waller – Research faculty 2018-2019; MS student 2016-2018