Contact:Greg Garman, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Environmental Studies
Director of research, VCU Rice Rivers Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
1000 West Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3050
Phone: (804) 828-1574
Fax: (804) 828-1961
Just minutes away from the Monroe Park Campus rests the VCU Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences, a 342-acre living lab for university students and faculty. Located along the James River, the commonwealth’s largest aquatic ecosystem, the center contains an impressive array of living organisms — 200 types of birds, aquatic organisms, plants and majestic trees, such as American beech, pignut hickory, white oak and loblolly pine.
Students also can retrieve information from the center by using their desktop. The Virtual Rice Center allows students and faculty the option of collecting data for running analysis on different areas of the property. Providing access to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soils and the National Wetlands Inventory, this virtual lab allows fieldwork to be brought into the labs, providing researchers with the ability to collect samples, query their results of data analysis and return to exact locations for long-term studies.