Juniper Peterson checks one of dozens of birdhouses along the James River where he is tracking how much time prothonotary warblers spend sitting on their eggs. (Allen Jones, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Drawn to a nest of secrets, student researcher explores a small songbird’s breeding habits amid a changing climate

April 15, 2024

VCU environmental studies major Juniper Peterson makes a mark in avian ecology lab, where the peace of nature meets the puzzle of data analysis.

Casey Johnson (left), a Graduate Student in VCU Life Sciences, assists participating district teachers in stream measurements at the VCU Rice Rivers Center.

Rice River Center, Center for Environmental Studies, and School of Education contribute two articles in The Earth Scientist

April 4, 2024

NOAA B-WET grant partnered VCU with local primary educators for experiential and virtual learning.

Sage Lockett standing in front of his poster presentation

Environmental Studies major presents at Association of Southeastern Biologists conference

April 3, 2024

Sage Lockett’s research was conducted at Rice Rivers Center

A bunch of people are in three rafts on the river rapids.

Beyond Boundaries spends Veterans Day weekend at Rice Rivers Center

Dec. 12, 2023

This is the second year the center has hosted the veterans group.

Nina Brundle in waders, standing with a net over her left shoulder

Meet Nina Brundle, Rice Rivers Center’s Geospatial Data Scientist

Dec. 5, 2023

GIS appealed to Brundle’s analytical and statistical interests, and complements her graphic design and environmental backgrounds.

A man is sitting at a table under a tent in the forest, holding a bird. He is trying to get a DNA sample. On the table are laboratory supplies.

CILSE Ph.D. student Jorge Garzon travels deep into the rainforest for his research

Nov. 30, 2023

The difficult journey yields access to endemic birds not well studied.

A VCU-led research team is publicly releasing data from a meteorological tower at the Rice Rivers Center, making it the only open dataset for a tidal freshwater wetland on North America’s East Coast. (Photo by Megan May)

Data gathered at Rice Rivers Center provides new insight into how ecosystems respond to climate change

Nov. 16, 2023

Carbon, methane and other data collected by a “flux tower” is being made publicly available to researchers, teachers and policymakers.

At the VCU Rice Rivers Center, VCU students and faculty conduct field research that yields impactful discoveries. (Photo by Chris Gough)

It’s Earth Science Week. Explore how VCU’s ‘river campus’ prepares students for careers in earth sciences.

Oct. 9, 2023

Faculty members and a student reflect on their experiences at the VCU Rice Rivers Center and what makes it such a powerful resource for the university and the community.

Dr. Greg Garman stands next to Amelia V. Johnson, who researched the history of the Rice River Center's land and designed the educational sign pictured.

Amelia Johnson’s Gold Award project uncovers the history of the Rice Rivers Center property

Oct. 2, 2023

An interpretive sign is dedicated on the river’s bluff at the center.

Prolonged periods of extreme heat are becoming more common due to climate change, costing the U.S. approximately $1 billion in health care costs every summer, according to a new report. (Getty Images)

Interdisciplinary study from VCU reveals health care costs of extreme heat

July 17, 2023

Physicians, earth scientists, staff and students collaborated to better understand the health impact of extremely hot days in Virginia and across the nation – and they estimate a toll of $1 billion per summer.