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Featured faculty

We have a stellar group of researchers who teach our students. Their work leads the way for conservation and restoration of our environment. Read below for a seasonally rotating selection of profiles to showcase our outstanding affiliated faculty.

 

Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D.Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Environmental Studies

Today, his research into nutrient runoff and algal blooms helps professionals working in water management make informed decisions about preventing and mitigating pollutants that can lead to poor water clarity, oxygen depletion and restricted growth of aquatic grasses where fish live. They need a basis for their policies and decisions, he said, “and that’s where the science comes in.”
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Jennifer CiminelliJennifer Ciminelli

Research and data coordinator, VCU Rice Rivers Center

Jennifer Ciminelli always tells her students that it’s OK to be confused. After all, confusion is the first step toward knowledge. It’s the first step toward figuring out the right path. “When I came to VCU, and they had me in the computer lab working with geographic information technology, I really had no idea what I was capable of,” Ciminelli said.
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Greg Garman, Ph.D.Greg Garman, Ph.D.

Director and research director, VCU Rice Rivers Center
Associate professor, Department of Biology

As director at the VCU Rice Rivers Center, Greg Garman, Ph.D., champions the philosophy of “the more, the merrier.” In a nutshell, the research gives agencies a basis for management and policy decisions.
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Daniel McGarvey, Ph.D.Daniel McGarvey, Ph.D.

Associate professor, Center for Environmental Studies

As a scientist, Daniel McGarvey, Ph.D., knows the importance of communicating findings clearly and effectively. But where’s the flair? “Go to the library and pick up a science journal,” McGarvey encouraged. “Look at the kinds of infographics you find there. Sure, they’re very informative, but they’re black and white, they’re very dense, they’re hard to read.”
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Cathy ViveretteCathy Viverette, Ph.D.

Student research coordinator, VCU Rice Rivers Center

As a child, Cathy Viverette, Ph.D., spent summers along Virginia’s Rappahannock River, which fostered a dream to pursue a career that connected her to the water. She grew up to become a raptor biologist, but still harbored a desire to study rivers.
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