Just because the majority of Spiders have scattered for the summer doesn’t mean that our professors have slowed down. Biologist Kristine Grayson and landscape ecologist Todd Lookingbill are heading out of the lab to conduct research in the James River with a $20,000 National Science Foundation grant.

They’re joining colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University to better understand species diversity in rock pool communities. UR’s Spatial Analysis Lab is getting in on the fun, too, to further develop mapping components of the study.

“We are using the rock pools to design curriculum for ecology and geography courses that teaches how aquatic organisms are structured both as ecological communities and spatially on a landscape … we are excited to bring this research system to UR students and share the teaching materials more widely,” Grayson said.

Congratulations on receiving this impressive grant, Drs. Grayson and Lookingbill! We’re proud that you’re teaming up with others in the community to bring such important work into your classrooms.

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