Author: Will M.

VCU News: CPEL research highlights impacts of climate change on VA’s barrier islands

The emergence of woody vegetation on the interior of Virginia's barrier islands — brought about by a warming winter climate — is accelerating the impact of sea-level rise. (Photo by Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs)
The emergence of woody vegetation on the interior of Virginia’s barrier islands — brought about by a warming winter climate — is accelerating the impact of sea-level rise. (Photo by Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs)

VCU News recently featured Julie Zinnert’s Coastal Plant Ecology Lab and their ongoing research into how climate change events impact the composition and function of Virginia’s barrier islands.

Full Article: “Study gives new insight into how climate change is transforming Virginia’s barrier islands” by Brian McNeill

Julie Zinnert, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology studying coastal plant ecology.  Others credited in the article include Ben Nettleton, who graduated from VCU Biology with an M.S. in Biology, and Philip Tuley, a current M.S. student in VCU Biology.

Biology Faculty Receive Course Redesign Grant to Lower Educational Costs for Students

Dianne Jennings and Jonathan Moore
Dianne Jennings (left) and Jonathan Moore (right)

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) recently awarded Dianne Jennings and Jonathan Moore a Course Redesign Grant for $27,797.00 to create open educational resources for BIOL 152 Introduction to Biological Sciences II.  With this grant, Jennings and Moore will be able to provide extremely affordable educational content to students for a course which is required for a B.S. in Biology at VCU.

Dianne Jennings is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology.

Jonathan Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology.

‘Before the Flood’ Free Film Screening and Panel Discussion

It reads: From academy award winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens.  The science is clear, the future is not. Before the Flood. Executive Producer, Martin Scorsese. National Geographic.
Movie poster for “Before the Flood.” Hover for transcript of text.

VCU Biology and VCU Library will co-host the “Before the Flood” film screening in Room 303 of the James Branch Cabell Library on February 12th. This documentary follows actor Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to learn about the effects of climate change and how that could make the Earth become unsustainable for human life. The screening begins at 6 pm and will be followed by a panel discussion. Seating is limited. Request your free ticket at goo.gl/nqznBp. For more information, contact Ching-Yu Huang at cyhuang@vcu.edu or check other films at 2019 RVA Environmental Film Festival at https://rvaeff.org/.

 

Ching-Yu Huang is an instructor for VCU Biology.

VCU News: How forests are a key piece in the climate change puzzle

A VCU biology professor was a contributing author to the forests chapter of a major new U.S. government assessment of carbon cycle science across North America. (Getty Images)
A VCU biology professor was a contributing author to the forests chapter of a major new U.S. government assessment of carbon cycle science across North America. (Getty Images)

Assistant Professor Chris Gough was featured on VCU News for his contributions to a report by the US Global Change Research Program regarding the carbon cycle in North America.

Full Article: How forests are a key piece in the climate change puzzle by Brian McNeill

Chris Gough is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology who researches forest ecology.

VCU News: $1.48M grant to aid community college students from underrepresented groups interested in biomedical sciences

Students in the 2018 cohort of VCU Bridges to Baccalaureate: Dream to Goal program, with Karen Kester, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and Sarah Golding, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of undergraduate research in the Department of Biology. (Courtesy photo)
Students in the 2018 cohort of VCU Bridges to Baccalaureate: Dream to Goal program, with Karen Kester, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and Sarah Golding, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of undergraduate research in the Department of Biology. (Courtesy photo)

VCU News has recently published an article featuring the recently renewed Bridges to the Baccalaureate grant in VCU Biology.  This program, lead by Karen Kester and Sarah Golding and with academic advising from Alvin Bryant, aims to help underrepresented community college students successfully transfer into a four-year institution.

Full Article: “$1.48M grant to aid community college students from underrepresented groups interested in biomedical sciences” by Brian McNeill with VCU News

Karen Kester is an Associate Professor in VCU Biology who runs an insect ecology and behavior research labSarah Golding is an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Research in VCU Biology.  Alvin Bryant is an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising for VCU Biology.

VCU News: The River of No Return

Amid wild blackberries, Professor Dan Carr gives an impromptu lecture on how different kinds of fruit form.

Assistant Professor Dan Carr was featured in a VCU News article on The River of No Return: The Lower Salmon River Experience, a series of classes taught along the Lower Salmon River in Idaho.

Full Article: “The River of No Return” by Brian McNeill from University Public Affairs

Dan Carr is an Assistant Professor in VCU Biology.

VCU News Features Coastal Plant Ecology Lab’s research on climate change

On Parramore Island, what was once a maritime forest is now essentially dead — a change brought about, at least in part, by climate change. (Photo contributed by Coastal Plant Ecology Lab)
On Parramore Island, what was once a maritime forest is now essentially dead — a change brought about, at least in part, by climate change. (Photo contributed by Coastal Plant Ecology Lab)

VCU News featured the Coastal Plant Ecology Lab‘s research into climate change and its effects on barrier islands in Virginia.

Full Article: “How will climate change impact coastal communities? VCU researchers look to Virginia’s barrier islands for clues” by Brian McNeill with VCU News

The Coastal Plant Ecology Lab is managed by Assistant Professor Julie Zinnert, the principal investigator.  Also featured in the story are Instructor Spencer Bissett, postdoctoral fellow Natasha Woods, and M.S. in Biology student, Michael Sinclair.

Plant Research in Zhang Lab Featured on VCU Home Page

A Juanuolla mexicana shrub, Solanaceae family, in Zhang's backyard.  Photo by Kevin Morley from VCU University Marketing.
A Juanuolla mexicana shrub, Solanaceae family, in Zhang’s backyard. Photo by Kevin Morley from VCU University Marketing.

Assistant Professor Wenheng Zhang, PhD, was recently featured on the VCU homepage (www.vcu.edu) along with her graduate students, Farahnoz Khojayori, Joon Kim, & Ghadeer Bukhari, and her postdoctoral fellow Jingbo Zhang, for their research efforts in plant evolution and development.

Zhang’s lab & research website can be found at https://plantevodevo.bio.vcu.edu/index.html

Full Article: “Flower Power – VCU biologists use developmental clues from plants to unlock secrets of evolution in the natural world.” by Leah Small in VCU Public Affairs.

Biology Advisers Elected to UAAB Executive Board

Rachel Hill, Right.  Alvin Bryant, Left.

The University Academic Advising Board announced the results of the Executive Board elections today.  VCU Biology’s Assistant Directors of Undergraduate Advising Rachel Hill and Alvin Bryant were both elected!  Hill will serve as Treasurer, and Bryant will serve as Chair of the Mentorship Committee.

Hill and Byrant are the leaders of the department’s academic advising office.  They coordinate all undergraduate advising activities for VCU Biology.  Congratulations Rachel & Alvin!

CHS Now Hiring Advisers

VCU Biology

The Office of Student Services in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS) is recruiting to fill multiple Academic Adviser positions in the areas of Biology; Forensics; Kinesiology and Health Sciences; African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and Philosophy; and one Academic Adviser who will serve as a Generalist in CHS. The Academic Adviser will sustain an environment of effective academic advising for undergraduate students in the College in order to support VCU being a leader among national research universities in providing all students with high-quality learning/living experiences focused on inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global environment. More specifically, depending on the unit assigned, the Academic Adviser will provide resources to improve the student to adviser ratio in the Biology, Forensics, or Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science programs; provide professional advising for the programs in the smaller departments of African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and Philosophy; provide general advising through the CHS Office of Student Services to answer general questions, provide guidance to upper-level CHS majors who are exploring the option of changing to another major, and assist programs with larger student to adviser ratios that may change over time. Meeting these needs will improve student engagement through effective academic advising, while supporting the identified metrics of graduation rates and retention.

Interested applicants should visit the VCUJobs posting at the following url: https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/78810

The Department of Biology would like to congratulate Academic Adviser Samantha Rogers on being accepted into the Integrative Life Sciences PhD program at VCU Life Sciences.  Samantha will continue as an academic adviser through the end of Academic Year 2018.  VCU Biology wishes her the best and she will be dearly missed as a member of the biology team.

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