Varina High School students examine salamanders at VCU Rice Center
Students from Varina High School’s AP Environmental class made their third visit to the VCU Rice Center this year. On March 2 students helped monitor the spotted salamander migration in the vernal pools. Under the direction of graduate student Leeanna Pletcher, they weighed, measured and photographically documented over 80 salamanders. They also took water chemistry measurements from the pools. This is the second salamander project the students have participated in. Their teacher, Jeff Meador, will have his students analyze the data for inclusion in the VCU Rice Center database.