U.Va.'s coastal research
center to get a new home
The Anheuser-Busch Foundation has donated $1.2 million to the
Department of Environmental
Sciences to establish the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research
Center. The department will build the $2.5 million, state-of-the-art
facility to enhance its current research capabilities on the Eastern
is the largest corporate gift ever to the College
of Arts & Sciences. The present research facility is located
in an aging farmhouse a few miles inland. The new facility will
be built on the shore at the harbor in Oyster, Va.
in coastal environments has accelerated in recent decades due
to human factors," says James Galloway, chair of the department
of environmental sciences. "The establishment of the Anheuser-Busch
Coastal Research Center will allow our department to build on
30 years of work on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and to increasingly
exercise leadership in environmental research in the coastal zone."
The new research facility will include living accommodations for
staff and visiting researchers and students. Several laboratories
will support the ongoing field work, including a computer lab,
hydrology lab, ecology lab, a sample processing lab for sediments,
a microbiology lab, a chemistry lab and an electronics lab. The
facility also will include an education center and conference
areas, office space and kitchen and dining facilities.
facility is the base for the National
Science Foundation's Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological
Research project. NSF provides more than $700,000 per year to
U.Va. scientists for research at the LTER.
this gift we can now build a first-class coastal research facility
to help us learn more about how our environment works," says
Bruce Hayden, lead investigator at the LTER. "Long-term research
requires a long-term commitment from organizations that care about