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Greg Garman, Ph.D.

Greg Garman, Ph.D.

Research director, VCU Rice Rivers Center
Associate professor, Department of Biology

As research director at the VCU Rice Rivers Center, Greg Garman, Ph.D., champions the philosophy of “the more, the merrier.”

“The best science is collaborative science,” said Garman, who also serves as director of the Center for Environmental Studies and is an associate professor in the Department of Biology.
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Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D.

Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Environmental Studies

Every semester, as part of his graduate biology course in water pollution, professor Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D., invites professionals in the fields of water management, regulation and advocacy into his classroom to discuss their jobs. “Students are attracted to biology,” he explained, “but they don’t know what they can do with a biology degree.”
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Jennifer Ciminelli

Jennifer Ciminelli

M.S. in Environmental Studies, 2006
Research and data coordinator, VCU Rice Rivers Center
Instructional faculty, Center for Environmental Studies

Jennifer Ciminelli always tells her students that it’s OK to be confused. After all, confusion is the first step toward knowledge. It’s the first step toward figuring out the right path. “When I came to VCU, and they had me in the computer lab working with geographic information technology, I really had no clue what it, or I, was capable of,” Ciminelli said. “But that was OK.”
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Daniel McGarvey, Ph.D.

Daniel McGarvey, Ph.D.

Center for Environmental Studies

As a scientist, Daniel McGarvey, Ph.D., knows the importance of communicating findings clearly and effectively. But where’s the flair? “Go to the library and pick up a science journal,” McGarvey encouraged. “Look at the kinds of infographics you find there. Sure, they’re very informative, but they’re black and white, they’re very dense, they’re hard to read.”
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Cathy Viverette

Cathy Viverette, Ph.D

Student adviser, VCU Life Sciences

As a child, Cathy Viverette spent summers along Virginia’s Rappahannock River, which fostered a dream to pursue a career that connected her to the water. She grew up to become a raptor biologist, but still harbored a desire to study rivers.
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