Category results for: Ecological Processes and Applications

Traversing the James River to learn about its biodiversity and history

Students have been participating in VCU’s experiential Footprints on the James course are also helping professors from across the U.S. test new river-based field lessons. This summer’s Footprints on the James includes two courses: Footprints on the James: The Natural History of the James River Watershed, taught by Daniel Carr, an assistant professor in the […]

An aspiring dentist discovers a passion for ecology

Drashty Mody, a biology major set to graduate in May, is on the pre-dentistry track at VCU. She was placed last year in the research lab of Rima Franklin, Ph.D., associate professor of microbial ecology in the College of Humanities and Sciences. At first she was nervous that Franklin’s ecological research seemed like no more […]

VCU Biology and Environmental Film Festival to co-host “The Story of Plastic” free screening, 2/13

VCU Biology Department and RVA Environmental Film Festival is co-hosting the “The Story of Plastic” film screening at Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace Street on February 13 at 6 p.m, followed by a panel discussion.The Story of Plastic exposes and uncovers the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Request your free […]

NSF: Structural complexity in forests improves carbon capture

Chris Gough co-authored a study on carbon sequestration which was funded and recently featured by the National Science Foundation. The study demonstrated the importance of a forest’s structural complexity to carbon sequestration. Read the full article on the NSF website entitled “Structural complexity in forests improves carbon capture” by NSF public affairs. Chris Gough is […]

VCU, UR study on spread of gypsy moths amid climate change receives prestigious award

The Royal Entomological Society will recognize a study led by current and former VCU researchers as the best to be published in Physiological Entomology over a two-year period. The study was led by Lily Thompson, a graduate of VCU Biology’s M.S. degree program. Co-authors include: Trevor Faske; graduate of VCU Biology’s M.S. degree program. Dominique […]

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. Read the full article “Structurally complex forests better at carbon sequestration” by Brian McNeill at VCU News. Chris Gough is an associate professor in VCU Biology, studying forest ecology. Jeff Atkins […]

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.” […]

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. 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 […]

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. 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 […]

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. 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 […]

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