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The VCU Rice Rivers Center works closely with other VCU academic departments and multiple outside agencies. These collaborations reflect our interdisciplinary approach to better understand and protect our natural resources.

Partner collaboration and assistance enable us to conduct more research and gives our work greater impact. We can do more, thanks to these and many other partners.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

The region I headquarters of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is located at the VCU Rice Rivers Center. The department’s LEED-certified building supports agency biologists, many of whom collaborate with our personnel on fisheries and wildlife biology and management issues.

Harrison Lake hatchery

Adjacent to the center is the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery, one of the oldest hatcheries in the region, and operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It has been instrumental in the recovery and restoration of at-risk migratory fishes, including American shad, river herring and Atlantic sturgeon.

Biologists at Harrison Lake work closely with our scientists and educators on a range of programs, providing an important link to nationally significant initiatives and access to fish holding and rearing facilities for VCU faculty and students.

National Wildlife refuges

The VCU Rice Rivers Center has close ties with nearby U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuges. The Presquile National Wildlife Refuge is a river island of primarily hardwood swamps and marshes that serves as an important wintering area for migratory waterfowl and birds. The 4,150-acre James River National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect prime habitat for bald eagles. Staff and students work closely with both refuges to achieve wildlife management objectives, better understand the ecology of the refuge habitats and educate the public about the natural world.

NASA Goddard Pandora System

Rice Rivers is honored to join the global Pandora system which includes sites located across the globePandora 35 was contributed to the VCU Center for Environmental Studies by Jay Hermann, Ph.D., from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center through the generous sponsorship of Jack Kaye, Ph.D., at NASA Headquarters in August 2016.  

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