VCU's River Campus

The VCU Rice Rivers Center, a part of VCU Life Sciences, supports scholarship and student instruction across diverse disciplines, including water resources, climate science, wildlife conservation and wetlands restoration.

Located midway between Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia along the historic James River, our 360 acres of riparian marshes, tidal creeks and mature forests represent a unique outdoor laboratory for important applied research and innovative, experiential classes. The center’s modern facilities offer offices, classrooms, laboratories and overnight lodging for students, faculty, visiting scholars and community groups. State-of-the-art technologies are deployed onsite to collect information on air and water quality, fish and avian migrations, changing sea levels and a host of other critical data sources. Our ongoing partnerships with state and federal natural resource and earth science agencies provide significant training opportunities for student scholars.

Science that matters to everyone

News

Text: Beyond Sustainability, climate justice charrette.  Our world is descending into climate crisis. We need to consider ambitious and innovative solutions - and all of us need to be part of this creative process.

Feb. 2, 2023

Beyond Sustainability: Climate Justice Charrette begins February 15

This unique opportunity is open to all VCU students to propose and develop climate justice/sustainability action plans

Paul Zimba, Ph.D.

Feb. 1, 2023

Paul Zimba, Ph.D., joins Rice Rivers Center as research faculty

Zimba brings long history of biological science research

students and faculty looking at instrument panel on grass outside

Dec. 14, 2022

Application window open for summer undergraduate internship with NASA

Deadline for submission is January 30, 2023

Research and Restoration

a warbler perched atop someone's hand

VCU researchers and partners study the breeding biology of the prothonotary warbler along the lower James River using the project and its data to explore population genetics, disease and migration ecology, the role of song and plumage in reproductive fitness, and the impact of climate change on diet and timing of breeding.