The VCU Rice Rivers Center works closely with other VCU academic departments and multiple outside agencies. These collaborations reflect our interdisciplinary approach to better understand and protect our natural resources.
Partner collaboration and assistance enable us to conduct more research and gives our work greater impact. We can do more, thanks to these and many other partners.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
The region I headquarters of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is located at the VCU Rice Rivers Center. The department’s LEED-certified building supports agency biologists, many of whom collaborate with our personnel on fisheries and wildlife biology and management issues.
Harrison Lake hatchery
Adjacent to the center is the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery, one of the oldest hatcheries in the region, and operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It has been instrumental in the recovery and restoration of at-risk migratory fishes, including American shad, river herring and Atlantic sturgeon.
Biologists at Harrison Lake work closely with our scientists and educators on a range of programs, providing an important link to nationally significant initiatives and access to fish holding and rearing facilities for VCU faculty and students.
National Wildlife refuges
The VCU Rice Rivers Center has close ties with nearby U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuges. The Presquile National Wildlife Refuge is a river island of primarily hardwood swamps and marshes that serves as an important wintering area for migratory waterfowl and birds. The 4,150-acre James River National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect prime habitat for bald eagles. Staff and students work closely with both refuges to achieve wildlife management objectives, better understand the ecology of the refuge habitats and educate the public about the natural world.
Center for Conservation Biology
The VCU-College of William & Mary Center for Conservation Biology focuses on avian conservation and management and is the premier avian research unit in the mid-Atlantic region. Its research efforts extend throughout the western hemisphere.
The CCB manages more than 200 historic databases on birds of conservation concern and houses one of the most extensive collections of specialized field equipment in the region for investigating ecological relationships among birds.
It also serves as a principal adviser to governmental and non-governmental agencies responsible for the management and recovery of avian species at risk and maintains a relationship with most agencies and organizations involved with avian species and land management within the mid-Atlantic region.
NASA Goddard Pandora System
Rice Rivers is honored to join the global Pandora system which includes sites located across the globe. Pandora 35 was contributed to the VCU Center for Environmental Studies by Jay Hermann, Ph.D., from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center through the generous sponsorship of Jack Kaye, Ph.D., at NASA Headquarters in August 2016.