Category: Student Research

Katherine Schmidt awarded prestigious Lapham Fellowship at American Rivers

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Recent Master of Environmental Studies and River Studies and Leadership Certificate graduate Katherine (Katie) Schmidt has been awarded The Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship at American Rivers! The Lapham Fellowship is awarded after a national competition to only one person every two years. Congratulations, Katie! Katie is enthusiastic about this next stage of her career, […]

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CES students featured in new documentary, FROZEN OBSESSION

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The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will kick off the 11th annual festival with the world premiere of the feature-length film, FROZEN OBSESSION, on February 12 followed by a panel discussion with expedition members from Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Environmental Studies. Climate change is a critical scientific and social issue that confronts today’s […]

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Freshwater Fridays keeps learning REAL

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Last spring CES faculty Dan McGarvey, James Vonesh, and adjunct instructor & Chesapeake Bay Foundation Staff Scientist Joe Wood envisioned a new collaborative course block focused on freshwater science and policy dubbed “Freshwater Fridays“. Freshwater Fridays includes 3 integrated 500-level topics courses – SCENIC NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY & ASSESSMENT, co-led by Vonesh and Lynn Crump, […]

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ENVS graduate Chtaura Jackson selected as VCU “10 Under 10” honoree

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VCU Alumni’s 10 Under 10 awards program recognizes the noteworthy and distinctive achievements made by alumni who earned their first VCU degree (undergraduate, graduate or professional) within the past 10 years. This year we are proud to announce that one of VCU Environmental Studies’ graduates, Chtaura Jackson (M.S.’10/ENVS/LS), was selected to be among those recognized. […]

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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 […]

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Student River Research Symposium

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While the 2020 River Management Training Symposium has been rescheduled for May 2021, to support the students that planned to share their research at this event we have created the Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals  – Online Student Research Symposium. This will take place as a ZOOM webinar Tuesday, 12 May,  1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT. […]

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Graduate Position – Endangered Freshwater Mussel Conservation Research

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A freshwater mussel apocalypse is underway. Want to be part of the solution? Graduate Position – Endangered Freshwater Mussel Conservation Research The Environmental Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (https://ces.vcu.edu/) in collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS; https://www.fws.gov/harrisonlake/) invites applications from prospective graduate students for Fall 2020 to collaborate on our […]

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Climate Change and Mountaintop Removal Mining: A MaxEnt Assessment of the Potential Dual Threat to West Virginia Fishes

Hendrick, Lindsey R.F.  MS Thesis. Accounts of species’ range shifts in response to climate change, most often as latitudinal shifts towards the poles or upslope shifts to higher elevations, are rapidly accumulating. These range shifts are often attributed to species ‘tracking’ their thermal niches as temperatures in their native ranges increase. Our objective was to […]

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Forest Structural Complexity and Net Primary Production Resilience Across a Gradient of Disturbance in a Great Lakes Ecosystem

Haber, Lisa T.  MS Thesis. Forests are an important component of the global carbon (C) cycle and contribute to climate change mitigation through atmospheric C uptake and storage in biomass and soils. However, the forest C sink is susceptible to disturbance, which modifies physical and biological structure and limits spatial extent of forests. Unlike severe, […]

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Migratory patterns and population genetic structure in a declining wetland-dependent songbird

DeSaix, Matthew G.  MS Thesis. Understanding migratory connectivity is essential for assessing the drivers behind population dynamics and for implementing effective management in migratory species. Genetic markers provide a means to describe migratory connectivity, as well as incorporate population genetic analyses, however genetic markers can be uninformative for species with weak genetic structure. In this […]

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