VCU News: Structurally complex forests better at carbon sequestration
Associate professor Chris Gough, Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellow Jeff Atkins, Ph.D. were recently featured in a VCU News article about carbon sequestration in forests.
Jeff Atkins is a post-doctoral fellow in Professor Gough’s Forest Ecology Lab.
VCU News features graduating Biology senior
VCU News reports:
“When she was 16, La’Tila Abbott was diagnosed with alopecia areata, a medical condition that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles. Her hair fell out, and she began to receive steroid shots in her scalp that came with “really horrible side effects,” she said. She wore a wig to school.”
“Her diagnosis inspired a passion for the health sciences that eventually led her to Virginia Commonwealth University, where she will graduate in May with a biology degree from the College of Humanities and Sciences.”
La’Tila will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.
VCU News: CPEL research highlights impacts of climate change on VA’s barrier islands
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.
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.
VCU News: How forests are a key piece in the climate change puzzle
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.
VCU News: $1.48M grant to aid community college students from underrepresented groups interested in biomedical sciences
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.
Karen Kester is an Associate Professor in VCU Biology who runs an insect ecology and behavior research lab. Sarah 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 Features Coastal Plant Ecology Lab’s research on climate change
VCU News featured the Coastal Plant Ecology Lab‘s research into climate change and its effects on barrier islands in Virginia.
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
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
3 Biology Faculty Receive CHS Seed Awards
The College of Humanities and Sciences announced today that three VCU Biology faculty would receive Seed Awards for 2018. Scott Gronert, Associate Dean for Research writes, “the Seed awards were established to foster the development of successful grant proposals and nationally or internationally peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative works.”
Assistant Professor Leslie Bulluck (pictured above, left) will receive a Seed award for her project “Using DNA barcoding to measure diet variation of a riparian consumer.”
Associate Professor Bill Eggleston (pictured above, center) will receive a Seed award for his project “Molecular analysis of loss of canalization and habituation in maize.”
Associate Professor Karen Kester (pictured above, right) will receive a Seed award for her project “Save the wasps! Maintaining productive collaborations and nurturing future funding opportunities.”
Biology Grad Student Awarded a Virginia Sea Grant Fellowship
Virginia Sea Grant announced that Benjamin Nettleton (pictured above on the right), an MS student in biology, was awarded a Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy Fellowship. Nettleton will be partnered with The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coastal Reserve.
Nettleton pursues his MS degree as a member of Assistant Professor Julie Zinnert’s Coastal Plant Ecology Lab.
Summer Studies Faculty Read RateMyProfessor Reviews
Jonathan Moore, an Instructor in VCU Biology was among several faculty teaching summer courses this year who read RateMyProfessor reviews. Moore will teach introduction to biological sciences II, ecology, a capstone seminar on animal behavior, and a new lab on animal behavior during this summer semester.
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