Megan Mair.

Infection detection: VCU student researcher is using the latest DNA sequencing technologies to pinpoint a malaria parasite

April 12, 2018

A Virginia Commonwealth University student researcher is perfecting methods of detecting a malaria parasite in mosquitoes in the Brazilian Amazon.

#ThisIsMyReal takeover participants, left to right : Roxanne Jassawalla, Marshall Roach, Fajir Amin and Wrigley.

#ThisIsMyReal: VCU's Instagram takeover account lets followers experience the university from many perspectives

March 22, 2018

With more than 30,000 students, 188,000 alumni and 22,000 faculty and staff, Virginia Commonwealth University has no shortage of people with stories to tell. VCU’s #ThisIsMyReal Instagram account helps share those stories, one week at a time.

A still of an oyster harvester in the short documentary film “An Oyster’s-Eye View of the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program" by Ronaldo Lopez.
Photo courtesy of Ronaldo Lopez

VCU Rice Rivers Center documentary wins prize at RVA Environmental Film Festival

Feb. 7, 2018

A short documentary by a VCU Life Sciences faculty member is the winning entry for local environmental subjects at the annual RVA Environmental Film Festival.

Blue Sky Fund Students prepare chocolate pancakes during a camping trip in October at the Rice Rivers Center. Blue Sky Fund and Rice Rivers Center have collaborated to help Richmond's youth explore the outdoors and learn environmental science. Contributed photos courtesy Blue Sky Fund

Students in Richmond Public Schools experience the outdoors through Rice Rivers Center partnership with local nonprofit

Feb. 1, 2018

Many adolescents who have spent their lives in Richmond’s high-poverty areas are not able to explore the natural wonders this river city and surrounding areas have to offer. Lack of transportation, money and time are the main barriers of access to the natural world for low-income families.

Ben Colteaux, Ph.D., in the Integrative Life Sciences program holds a snapping turtle in the field. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Team Snapper)

Study shows commercial harvest of snapping turtles is leading to population decline

Oct. 25, 2017

More than 200,000 wild snapping turtles were harvested across the United States in 2012 and 2014, a dramatic increase from the nearly 50,000 harvested cumulatively from 1999 to 2011.

A sunrise over Crown Point at Columbia River Gorge. Students of Daniel McGarvey, Ph.D., used widely available climate data to model fish distributions in the waterway.

Students demonstrate validity of models that use free, publicly accessible climate data

Oct. 4, 2017

As concern about the consequences of climate change grows, researchers are thinking hard about the data and models that drive their understanding of these changes. Graduate students in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Environmental Studies recently contributed to this effort by proving that free, publicly accessible climate data can predict habitat quality within river networks with as much accuracy as data from more complex and expensive sources.