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Student Research Symposium via ZOOM [View Image]The student research symposium was held via ZOOM since the RMS Symposium was postponed to May 2021.

Over 40 faculty and students participated in an online Zoom symposium the afternoon of May 12.  The Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals symposium was created to support students that planned to share their research at the River Management Training Symposium originally scheduled for May 2020 and postponed to the following year due to COVID-19.

Eight students presented at the event, hosted by VCU Center for Environmental Studies (CES) in collaboration with Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the River Management Society (RMS). Katie Schmidt, (M.S.’20/CES) was the moderator and a presenter.

Presentations included:

Jack Ryan (VCU) Assessing the feasibility of freshwater mussel restoration in urban and non-urban streams of Central Virginia

Rachel Henderson  (VCU) – Microbial Source Tracking of Fecal Contamination in the James River

Ryland Stunkle (VCU) – Flood modeling of riverine rock pools using an unmanned aerial vehicle

Richie Dang (VCU) Identifying drivers of ecosystem production and respiration in riverine rock pools

Andrew Davidson (VCU) Predicting warming’s impacts on mosquito control by larval predators

Riley Swanson (NAU) Assessing Groundwater Resources in the Colorado River Basin: Quantifying Base Flow in the Greater Grand Canyon Region

James Major (NAU) Utilizing Extant Conservation Policy to Fill Identified Gaps in Riverine Protected Areas

Katie Schmidt (VCU) Let it Flow: Restoring Dry River Reaches in the Southeast

Questions were posed after each presentation, and a panel discussion ensued at the conclusion. The full YouTube playlist of presentations can be found here.

Students who were awarded the RSLC Certificate [View Image]

Five of the students – Stunkle, Dang, Schmidt from VCU and

Swanson and Major from NAU – completed their Rivers Studies Leadership Certificate requirements with this presentation

A surprise addition to the agenda came from Risa Shimoda, executive director of RMS, with the presentation of the Outstanding Contribution to River Management Society award to James Vonesh, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant director of CES, for his contributions and education in river health.

–Lynne McCarthy & James Vonesh

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