Large number of experiential CES courses highlighted at REAL poster session
April 11, 2019
April 5 brought faculty together from across VCU to the inaugural Doing REAL poster session. The session allowed units to highlight on-going research that engaged in experiential learning and met VCU’s goal of providing students with relevant and applied learning experiences.
58 faculty poster presentations were exhibited. Of those, nine were from Center from Environmental Studies (CES) faculty, making up almost 16% of the total posters at the session. CES curriculum provides one of the most robust REAL course work available to students at the university, and have found them visiting the banks of the James River in Richmond to study invasive species, hiking into the dense jungles of Panama looking for wintering Prothonotary Warblers, and climbing a chain ladder in the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa.
Faculty from CES and collaborating faculty that participated include:
Dan Carr and Katie Schmidt: Footprints on the James
Anne Wright: Invasive Species Management in Urban Parks
Andrew Parent: Student Outdoor Leadership Experience (SOLE)
Dr. James Vonesh, Lynn Crump, PLA, and students Thomas Tedesco, Jesse Boardman, Ryland Stunkle:
Scenic Natural Resources- VA Scenic River Program
Drs. Catherine Viverette and Edward Crawford: Panama/Mangrove Avian Ecology
Drs. Catherine Viverette and Edward Crawford, and Wyatt Carpenter: The Carver Tree Project (Urban Forestry Collaborative)
Dr. James Vonesh, Dan Carr and Karl Schmidt: Expedition Down the River of No Return
Dr. James Vonesh, Dan Carr and Elli Bosch: South African Summits to Sea
Dr. James Vonesh, Kristine Grayson, Richie Dang, Ryland Stunkle and Andrew Davidson: Biogeography in Richmond’s Rock Pools: Creating spatial analysis curriculum for place-based community learning across disciplines and institutions (WCVE’s Science Matters has featured students at the rock pools on Belle Isle as part of their Green Kids series. Science in the Park has a movie on their site about the James River Rock Pools.)