VCU departmental affiliation:
Center for Environmental Studies, VCU Rice Rivers Center
Office: (804) 828-2428, Room 107
Hours: By appointment
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health
Department of Biostatistics
• Candidate, PhD, Integrated Life Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
• M.S. (Environmental Studies) Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004
• B.S. (Biology), Virginia Tech, 1981
My research interests include the ecology of large rivers particularly tidal freshwater river systems. The focus of my research is avian and fish communities occupying tidal rivers and associated wetland and riparian habitats. I collaborate with a number of faculty from VCU and other Virginia institutions on a long-term nest box study of Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) nesting within forested wetlands of the upper, tidal fresh James River, VA. I am also interested in trophic interactions of avian and fish communities in the Chesapeake Bay and the impact of fishery management on abundance and distribution of avian piscivores such as Bald Eagles and Osprey. My dissertation research is a phylogeographic and population genetic analysis of North American Osprey and Bald Eagles. I hope to evaluate the contributions of historical events, coastal landscapes, and bio-climatic variables to past and current population genetic structure and connectivity.
Goodrich, L. J., C. Viverette, S. E. Senner, and K. L. Bildstein. 1998. Long-term use of Breeding Bird Census plots to monitor populations of Neotropical migrants breeding in deciduous forests in eastern Pennsylvania, USA. Pp. 149-164 in Forest biodiversity in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean: research and monitoring, F. Dallmeier and J. A. Comiskey, eds. Man and the Biosphere Series Vol. 21. Parthenon Publishing, Pearl River, NY.
Powers, L., M. Pokras, K. Rio, C. Viverette, and L. Goodrich. 1994. Hematology and occurrence of hemoparasites in migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks (Accipiter striatus) during fall migration. Journal of Raptor Research 28: 178-185.
Viverette, C.B. 2004. A longitudinal analysis of the James River fish assemblage. M.S. Thesis. Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA
Viverette,C.B., L.Goodrich, and M.Pokras. 1994. Levels of DDE in eastern flyway populations of migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks and the question of recent declines in numbers sighted. Journal of Hawk Migration Studies 19(2):5-7.
Viverette, C., S. Struve, L. Goodrich, and K. Bildstein. 1996. Decreases in migrating Sharp-shinned (Accipiter striatus) at traditional raptor-migration watch sites in eastern North America. Auk 113:32-40.
Viverette, C.B., G.C. Garman, S.P McIninch, A.C. Markham, B.D. Watts, and S.A. Macko. 2007. Finfish-waterbird trophic interactions in tidal freshwater tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Waterbirds 30 (Special Publication 1): 50 – 62.
Ware, J.L., C. Viverette, J.D. Kleopfer, L. Pletcher, D. Massey, and A. Wright. 2008. Infection of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) with Ichthyophonus like organisms in Virginia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44: 174-176.
Viverette, C., S. McIninch, and G. Garman. 2003. A quantitative assessment of beaver dams as impediments to anadromous fish passage in two coastal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. A report to the The Chesapeake Rivers Program, The Nature Conservancy of Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University. 18 pp.
Viverette, C., M. Deemer, L. Smock, G. Garman, L. Orzetti, R.C. Jones, J. Perry, and C. Harold. 2003. The Perennial Stream Field Determination Protocol Project. A Report to the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department. 33 pp.