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The study “Warming and Top-Down Control of Stage-Structured Prey: Linking Theory to Patterns in Natural Systems” found that rising temperatures, often linked to climate change, can make predators of mosquito larvae less effective at controlling mosquito populations. (Contributed photo).

Hotter weather caused by climate change could mean more mosquitos, according to VCU-led study

Dec. 18, 2023

Research along James River in Richmond suggests that climate change could shorten window for predators to prey on larvae.

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.

Ciara Rhodes, a VCU alum, is a doctoral candidate in the Center Integrative Life Sciences Education in VCU Life Sciences. (Contributed photo)

VCU Life Sciences doctoral student Ciara Rhodes receives National Institute of Justice fellowship

Nov. 6, 2023

An alternative skeletal sampling technique for the recovery of DNA is the focus for the first-generation college student who finds inspiration in the lab and the classroom.

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.

Naci Oz in a lab

Naci Oz, CILSE Ph.D. candidate, recipient of the Smriti Bardhan Award of Excellence in Genetics Research

July 14, 2023

His research focuses on cellular aging and age-related disease.

Rima Franklin, Ph.D., who will serve as interim vice provost of VCU Life Sciences, conducts research in microbial ecology, wetland and soil biogeochemistry, nitrogen cycling, and environmental and public health microbiology. (File photo)

Rima Franklin named interim vice provost of VCU Life Sciences

June 12, 2023

Franklin, who will continue to serve as chair of the Department of Biology, joined the VCU faculty in 2007.

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.

Beyond Sustainability: Climate Justice Charrette begins February 15

Feb. 2, 2023

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

Kevin Leslie

Integrative Life Sciences alumnus to help lead new program at Old Dominion University

Jan. 19, 2023

Kevin Leslie, Ph.D., will serve as associate vice president for innovation and commercialization.

v.c.u. graduates dressed in regalia attending their fall commencement

Congratulations to our newest alumni!

Dec. 16, 2022

Congratulations to all of our new summer and fall 2022 Life Sciences graduates.

The National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development fiscal year 2021 survey, released Thursday, ranks VCU as No. 50 in the country for fiscal research expenditures. (Photo by John Wallace, VCU School of Dentistry)

VCU breaks into top 50 of public research universities in the U.S.

Dec. 16, 2022

New ranking from the National Science Foundation is achieved ahead of the schedule set by the university.