Members of the state House Appropriations Committee recently visited with University of Virginia students and faculty during an Eastern Shore tour that included a stop to learn about the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program.
The program, part of UVA’s Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center, provides opportunities for research on the marshes, coastal bays and barrier islands of the Virginia coast, and supports K-12 education activities throughout the state.
House committee members spent two days on the Eastern Shore exploring higher-education research facilities, agricultural and economic programs, and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
Department of Environmental Sciences Professor Karen McGlathery, who also is director of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program, and her team provided the House members details about UVA’s ongoing research on coastal barrier ecosystems, including restoration of seagrass and oyster habitats.
Read about earlier UVA Today coverage of this important work: