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Student Research

Scholars Compass

At the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, we integrate environmental policy, science and technology into our academic and research programs. We know that successful environmental professionals must be able to bridge disciplines such as law, ecology, and economics. So that's the approach our classes and faculty take. We expose students to a wide range of disciplines and give them access to instructional laboratories, greenhouses, research tanks, and state-of-the-art labs. It’s all part of the interdisciplinary research and instruction we offer under VCU Life Sciences.

Thesis/Dissertation Research from 2018

  Migratory patterns and population genetic structure in a declining wetland-dependent songbird,
Matthew G. DeSaix
Major Advisors: L. Bulluck, R. Dyer, C. Viverette
  Forest Structural Complexity and Net Primary Production Resilience Across a Gradient of Disturbance in a Great Lakes Ecosystem,
Lisa T. Haber 
Major Advisor: C. Gough (Department of Biology)
  Climate Change and Mountaintop Removal Mining: A MaxEnt Assessment of the Potential Dual Threat to West Virginia Fishes,
Lindsey R F Hendrick
Major Advisor: D. McGarvey
  Identification of taxonomic and functional ichthyofaunal zones within the James River Basin, Virginia 
Joseph L. Noel 
Major Advisor: D. McGarvey
  IMPROVING THE CONSERVATION OF A CRYPTIC ENDANGERED FRESHWATER MUSSEL (PARVASPINA COLLINA) THROUGH THE USE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DNA AND SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MODELING
Bonnie A. Roderique 
Major Advisor: R. Dyer
  DETERMINING TIDAL CHARACTERISTICS IN A RESTORED TIDAL WETLAND USING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES AND DERIVED DATA
Victor Thornton 
Major Advisor: E. Crawford
  ASSESSING THE RELATIVE INFLUENCES OF ABIOTIC AND BIOTIC FACTORS ON A SPECIES’ DISTRIBUTION USING PSEUDO-ABSENCE AND FUNCTIONAL TRAIT DATA: A CASE STUDY WITH THE AMERICAN EEL (Anguilla rostrata)
Taylor E. Woods 
Major Advisor: D. McGarvey

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