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Master's student studies at the Cary Institute

January 12, 2017

Spencer Tassone is one of a handful of students from across the globe awarded an opportunity to study at the prestigious Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.  The course is taught by some of today’s top ecosystem ecologists during the winter intersession, January 3 – 13, 2017.

 A large part of foundational work for Tassone’s master’s thesis in Biology – examining what proportion of ecosystem metabolism is made up by pelagic metabolism and how the abundances of the dominant zooplankton species in the tidal freshwater segment of the James River respond to changes in primary production – has been built on or conducted by ecologists at the Cary Institute.  The course will expose Tassone to the latest research areas in ecosystem ecology, allowing him to identify key areas of interest as he develops a Ph.D. thesis project.

The VCU Rice Rivers Center provides Tassone invaluable resources towards his thesis research, including continuous water quality monitoring of the James River from the Rice Rivers Center’s pier, and data from the weekly water quality monitoring program.

“The Rice Rivers Center has been transformative in my education and research career,” says Tassone.  “I would not be where I am today without it.”

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