VIMS Websites A-Z

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  1. Directions and Addresses
    This site offers directions, addresses and maps for VIMS.
  2. Departments
    VIMS research is based in four academic departments and research units.
  3. Databases
    Scientific, news and media databases.
  4. Dermo and MSX
    Two parasitic diseases, Dermo and MSX, have devastated oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay, as well as in other parts of the East Coast of the United States. Dermo is caused by the parasite Perkinsus marinus, which was first discovered in the Chesapeake Bay in the mid-1940s. MSX is caused by the parasite Haplosporidium nelsoni, which was introduced from Asia, and began causing outbreaks in the Chesapeake Bay in the late 1950s. These diseases, combined with decades of overharvesting of oysters, have reduced oyster populations in the Bay to approximately 1% of what they were in the 1950s.
  5. Development Office
    The Development Office at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is responsible for developing support from foundations, corporations, alumni, parents, and individuals for research, capital improvements and educational scholarships. The Development Office works with scientists, staff and graduate students to develop solicitations and proposals. Half of VIMS's total budget comes from the state with the balance funded from grants, contracts, and private contributions.
  6. Diving
    This website provides information on the VIMS Dive Team.
  7. DREAMS
    DREAMS is a partnership program between Hampton University's Department of Marine & Environmental Science and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. This program will provide Hampton U. students with comprehensive research experience, career preparation and leadership training.
  8. Dredging Impacts- Offshore Shoals at Maryland/Delaware Border
    This website talks about the study of possible physical impacts of dredging at offshore shoals on the near-by coasts at the Maryland and Delaware border.
  9. Duck, N.C. - Shoreface Suspended Sediment Transport
    This website examines shoreface suspended sediment transport in Duck,N.C. for both 1994 and 1996.
  10. Dunes - Chesapeake Bay
    The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program initiated a study with VIMS' Shoreline Studies Program to locate, classify, and enumerate the existing jurisdictional dunes and dune fields within the eight localities listed in the the Coastal Primary Sand Dunes and Beaches Protection Act .