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Discovered by a Rice Rivers Center researcher while trawling the James River, the five-foot-long 19th century anchor will go on display overlooking the river. (Photo by Brian McNeill)

VCU researcher discovers 19th-century anchor while hunting for juvenile sturgeon

Feb. 27, 2019

Discovery of the artifact in the James River comes as the Rice Rivers Center is preparing to teach an archaeology class that will explore the history of the site.

Rachael Moffatt, an environmental studies major graduating this month, is one of the first four students to complete the River Studies and Leadership Certificate program at VCU. (Photo contributed by James Vonesh, Ph.D.)

These four VCU students aim to help navigate the future of the nation’s rivers

Dec. 4, 2018

Growing up in Richmond, Reid Anderson spent his childhood on and around the James River. Now at Virginia Commonwealth University, Anderson is pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences and researching fish ecology in the lower James.

From left: Saleana Copeland, Tuyet Duong, Adalyn Nguyen, Hung Nguyen, and Seth Mitchell. (Photo credit: Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

VCU's newest graduates reflect on the moments that mattered

Dec. 4, 2018

For nearly 3,000 VCU students, commencement on Dec. 8 marks both the end of a journey and the start of something new.

Alex Bahn-Humphrey, medical student in the School of Medicine

Bodies of work: These Rams love what they do, and they have the tattoos to prove it

Nov. 9, 2018

You see a lot of tattoos at VCU — some even with academic connections. These 12 Rams show off their tattoos and explain the meaning behind the ink.

Sturgeon born in mid-September found during an Oct. 31 trawling survey by Rice Rivers Center researchers. (Photo courtesy of VCU Rice Rivers Center)

Discovery of baby sturgeon in the James River marks potential milestone for restoration efforts

Nov. 7, 2018

For the past eight years, Matt Balazik, Ph.D., and other researchers from the Rice Rivers Center at Virginia Commonwealth University have conducted trawl surveys in the James River in hopes of finding Atlantic sturgeon, the once-plentiful ancient fish that was listed as an endangered species in 2012.

VCU researchers studied tree canopy cover across the city of Richmond as part of the  Urban Forestry Collaborative.

Taking root: Project to plant trees connects VCU and Carver

Nov. 2, 2018

A project to plant dozens of trees this month in Carver will make the neighborhood a greener and more walkable community, while offsetting the carbon footprint of Virginia Commonwealth University as the trees grow.

Rachael Moffatt, a senior environmental studies major, is the James River Association’s water quality intern this summer, helping to oversee 66 volunteers who collect and upload samples each week. (Courtesy photo)

How much E.coli is in the James River? Just ask this VCU environmental studies major.

Aug. 2, 2018

When swimmers, boaters or fisherman want to know the E.coli levels of the James River, they check the James River Association’s James River Watch website, which provides river condition data collected by volunteers on water temperature, turbidity, river height and bacteria.

The 14,000-square-foot research laboratory complex at the Rice Rivers Center will bolster river-related research and provide needed laboratory and office space.

VCU Rice Rivers Center completes fundraising campaign for new research laboratory complex

July 26, 2018

The VCU Rice Rivers Center has completed a fundraising campaign that will finance nearly all construction of a $7 million research facility meant to bolster river-related research and the training of environmental scientists.

The partnership with Toadfish Outfitters will allow VCU to plant more than 2 million oysters in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (Photo courtesy of Rice Rivers Center)

VCU receives funding for oyster restoration work

June 8, 2018

Coastal lifestyle brand Toadfish Outfitters to donate all proceeds of its Virginia sales.

Top row: Seamus McDaniel and Jillian Allen. Bottom row: Sneha Krish and Catherine McGuigan.

Of two minds: VCU students share their experience as double majors

April 26, 2018

When it comes to choosing a major, many Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduates decide that two is better than one.