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July 17, 2014

Faculty visit Cordoba, Spain to discuss ecological collaborations

This summer, faculty members from the Department of Biology and the Rice Rivers Center visited the University of Cordoba (UCO), Spain, to initiate the development of a collaborative research effort on the James River (Virginia) and Guadalquivir River (Andalusia) watersheds. Participants included Donald Young (lead PI, department chair), Julie Zinnert (co-PI), Leonard Smock (co-PI, director of the Rice Rivers Center), Bonnie Brown (associate chair), Scott Neubauer and Dianne Jennings. The UCO team was led by Dr. Maria Jose Polo. In addition to defining collaborative research efforts, discussions focused on forming a dual doctoral degree centered on research on the two rivers. Future meetings, both virtual and in person, will define the dual degree and a forthcoming virtual course on integrating hydrological and biotic components of river dynamics. This international collaboration fits nicely with the Rice Rivers Center's research and education programs presently focused on the James River and its efforts at broadening its impact worldwide. Please contact Donald Young at or Len Smock at for updates and questions.

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