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Annual research symposium highlights work by faculty, students and partners

Tracking the Atlantic sturgeon, restoring wetlands and understanding the impact of nutrients and bacteria on water quality in the James River were some of the latest research efforts in conservation ecology and the environment highlighted during the VCU Rice Center Fourth Annual Research Symposium.

The symposium, which was held last week, brought together faculty, students and researchers from cooperating universities, agencies and organizations to share the latest research in river ecology, wetland and stream ecology, and plant and vertebrate ecology.

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Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Biology, and John R. Furry, former VCU graduate student, present at the symposium.

John R. Furry and mentor Rima Franklin, Ph.D., assistant professor in the VCU Department of Biology at the VCU Rice Center. Furry’s thesis work examined water quality in the James River.