Tag: Julie Zinnert

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.

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.

2018 Awards Ceremony Honors Biology Students

Joseph Brown, Julie Zinnert, Benjamin Nettleton, and Chair Bonnie Brown pictured.  Joseph and Benjamin were honorees at the awards ceremony.
Pictured (left to right) are Joseph Brown (PhD student in Integrative Life Sciences), Julie Zinnert (Assistant Professor), Benjamin Nettleton (Masters Student in Biology), and Bonnie Brown (Interim Chair for VCU Biology).

On April 6th, the Department of Biology honored nine students at the annual College of Humanities and Sciences Award Ceremony.  The department recognizes these individuals for their outstanding work in their academic career, research, teaching, community contributions, and humanitarian efforts.  We congratulate these students and look forward to their continue excellence.

2018 Award Recipients

  • Sravya Uppalapati, Mohamed Shaaban Humanitarian Award
  • Sarah Ingram, Outstanding Biology Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Benjamin Nettleton, Outstanding Biology Masters Student in Ecology
  • Farahnoz Khojayori, Outstanding Biology Masters Student in Evolution
  • Joseph Brown, Outstanding Biology PhD Student in Ecology
  • Rohan Kankaria, Outstanding Biology Senior Award
  • Nitika Gupta, Outstanding Biology Undergraduate Student in Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Emma Davis, Outstanding Biology Undergraduate Student in Ecology
  • Heather Caslin, Outstanding PhD Student in Cellular & Molecular Biology
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