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Written by: Nancy Moncrief
Tuesday May 26, 2015

Last week, the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) hosted a symposium on Virginia’s Environment at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. I was invited to present information about the Commonwealth’s mammals; other topics included birds, fish, land use, forests, water quality, and air quality. The proceedings of this symposium will be published next year as a special issue of the Virginia Journal of Science.

 VMNH Curator of Mammalogy presented information about Virginia’s mammals at an environmental symposium sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Sciences.  Photo by L. HightowerVMNH Curator of Mammalogy presented information about Virginia’s mammals at an environmental symposium sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Sciences. Photo by L. Hightower.

The next day, I attended the 93rd annual VAS conference, which featured more than 200 oral and poster presentations in 14 concurrent sections (including Natural History and Biodiversity, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Medical Sciences).  For the oral presentations, scientists and college students used PowerPoint to illustrate and explain research methods and results. For the poster presentations, methods and results were displayed on 3X4 foot banners.

As Secretary of the Natural History and Biodiversity Section, I prepared that section’s program, which consisted of 7 oral presentations and 14 posters.   I also presented a poster that reported the results of some of my research with a colleague from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Tags: Biology, Dr. Nancy Moncrief, Mammals, Research and Collections, Virginia Academy of Science

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