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Gary Machlis

VCU and University of Richmond introduce new speaker series

May 18, 2018

Last month, the VCU Center for Environmental Studies collaborated with the University of Richmond Department of Geography and the Environment, International Studies Program and Environmental Studies Program to host the first seminar in the newly-created Global Environment Speaker Series. 

Dr. Gary Machlis (pictured), professor of environmental sustainability at Clemson University, conducted a seminar based upon his new book, “The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water” to a classroom full of students and faculty from VCU and UR. Dr. Machlis served in the Obama Administration as a scientific advisor to the Director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, who also serves as co-author of the book.

Immediately following the seminar, a student-led poster session was held in the Trani Center for Life Sciences. Students from both schools answered questions and showcased their works.  Presentation topics included the creation of a sustainability minor, biodiversity management on campus, solar power initiatives, and an analysis of the impact of riverfront access on student experience.

Dr. Rodney Dyer, director of VCU Center for Environmental Studies, and Dr. Peter Smallwood, associate professor of biology and coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program for the University of Richmond, were responsible for putting together this partnership.

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