VCU Rice Center

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Current projects

Shane Abinette

B.S. student, Biology
Adviser: James Vonesh, Ph.D.
Project title: Does terrestrial land use affect aquatic regulation of aquatic insects by salamanders?

Matt Balazik

Ph.D. student, Life Sciences
Adviser: Steve McIninch, Ph.D.
Project title: The spatial distribution of young-of-the-year sturgeon (acipenser oxyrinchus) in the James River, Va.

Joseph Battistelli and Jaime Gellespie

Ph.D. students, Center for Environmental Studies
Adviser: Rima Franklin, Ph.D.
Project title: Structure function relationships of methane cycling microorganisms in the tidal wetlands of the eastern United States

Benjamin Coltearux, Eric Burke and Cynthia Scheuermann

Ph.D. and B.S. students
Adviser: Derek Johnson, Ph.D.
Project title: Population viability of common snapping turtles in Virginia waterways under increasing harvest pressure

Rachel Cooper

M.S. student, Biology
Adviser: Leigh McCallister, Ph.D.
Project title: Innovative mesocosm design to investigate the impacts of ocean acidification on carbon cycling in coastal waters

Jaime Gillespie

M.S. student, Biology
Adviser: Rima Franklin, Ph.D.
Project title: VCU wetlands education outreach program for the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind

Samantha Kay

B.S. student, Biology
Adviser: Lesley Bulluck, Ph.D.
Project title: Are there annual carryover effects on feather reflectance in female Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea)

Allyson Lackey

M.S. student, Center for Environmental Studies
Adviser: Edward Crawford, Ph.D.
Project title: A survey of dragonfly biodiversity within restored and reference wetlands located at the VCU Rice Center in Charles City County, Va.

Joseph Marina

B.S. student, Biology
Adviser: Rima Franklin, Ph.D.
Project title: Species-specific effects of vegetation on the abundance of denitrifying bacteria in freshwater wetlands

Laura Morgan

M.S. student, Biology
Adviser: Mike Fine, Ph.D.
Project title: A passive acoustic and experimental study on blue catfish (ictalurus furcatus) sound production in the tidal freshwater James River

Ember Morrissey

Ph.D. student, Integrated Life Sciences
Adviser: Rima Franklin, Ph.D.
Project title: Ecology, structure and function of denitrification and DNRA microbes in tidal freshwater wetlands

Ashley Moulton

B.S. student, Center for Environmental Studies
Adviser: Edward Crawford, Ph.D.
Project title: Combined effects of increased salinity and flooding on a freshwater marsh soil seed bank: former Lake Charles at the VCU Rice Center

Angela Redwine

M.S. student, Center for Environmental Studies
Adviser: Rodney Dyer, Ph.D.
Project title: Connectivity and physiology of the flowering dogwood (cornus florida) along an urban landscape gradient

Sheri Shiflett

Ph.D. student, Integrated Life Sciences
Adviser: Don Young, Ph.D.
Project title: Relationships among habitat preference, anatomy and physiology for three evergreen shrubs in a temperate forest understory

Courtney Turin

M.S. student, Biology
Adviser: Bryan Watts, Ph.D.
Project title: Negative feedback effects on population saturation in bald eagles in the Chesapeake Bay

Catherine Viverette

Ph.D. student, Integrated Life Sciences
Advisers: Rodney Dyer, Ph.D., and Greg Garman, Ph.D.
Project title: A comparative phylogeographic and landscape genetic analysis of Chesapeake Bay bald eagle (haliaeetus leucocephalus) and osprey (pandion haliaetus) populations

Joe Wood

Ph.D. student, Integrated Life Sciences
Adviser: Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D.
Project title: Physiochemical limitation of various primary producers in the tidal fresh James River CHLaMaxima

Allison Yaguchi and Anathea Pepperl

B.S. and Ph.D. students, Engineering
Adviser: Leigh McCallister, Ph.D.
Project title: Developing a water distribution system to deliver potable water to a large indigenous village in Bolivia: a proof of concept design