W&M, VCU partner on science

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - The College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University are working together to expand offerings in ecological and environmental sciences.

The partnership will eventually combine facilities at both schools to create the College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Conservation Biology.

William and Mary currently operates the Center for Conservation Biology that is aimed at ensuring the sustainability of bird populations. The VCU's Rice Center is a 343-acre biological field station overlooking the James River in Charles City County.

The renamed site will be housed at the Rice Center's current location.

Officials say that under the agreement, both schools will continue to offer their programs but will use each other's faculties and resources to enhance them.

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