Seawater Research Lab The Seawater Research Laboratory is a "state of the art" marine and freshwater finfish and shellfish experimental facility. The laboratory includes a 17,500 square foot fish and shellfish holding / quarantine facility including an animal grow-out facility where large numbers of experimental fish and invertebrates can be maintained and grown to various sizes and used for a variety of experiments in physiology, genetics, growth, nutrition, and elements of production.
Sea Turtle Stranding Program Between 5,000 and 10,000 sea turtles enter the Chesapeake Bay each spring/summer when the sea temperatures rise. The majority of these turtles are either juvenile loggerhead (Caretta caretta) or Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles utilizing the Bay seasonally as a feeding ground. Green (Chelonia mydas) and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles are also found within Virginia waters, though only one hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) has been reported stranded in Virginia. All sea turtle species are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Kemp's ridley is the most endangered sea turtle and one of the most endangered animals in the world.
Safety Office Forms These forms are provided in two formats for your convenience. Send the completed form to the Safety Office.
School of Marine Science The purpose of the School is to provide quality education and scholarly research to students pursuing advanced degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) in marine science. The objective of the program is to provide a fertile and stimulating learning environment in which students can pursue their studies. This is accomplished by providing a comprehensive program in the basic principles of marine science and marine resource management, and close interaction with faculty actively involved in research and management issues.
Seabed-Harbor Processes / Seabed Component This interdisciplinary study is examining the relative importance of biological, physical and chemical processes in controlling the fluxes of particles, fluids and contaminants across the sediment-water interface. The geology portion of the study has focused on two areas: biologically dominated lower Chesapeake Bay and physically dominated York River subestuary. Sediment cores collected for sedimentological and geochronological studies from the two areas reveal dramatic differences in seabed mixing regimes. The upper half meter of the seabed at the lower bay sites is intensively reworked by benthic infauna and no physical sedimentary structures are preserved at depth. For the York River site, deep physical mixing dominates particle dynamics, with erosion/deposition of as much as 1.5 meters of seabed over time scales of a few years or less. In both areas, deep mixing and low accumulation rates indicate particle residence times on the order of a century. Therefore, particle reactive contaminants in these areas are cycled in the upper portion of the seabed for similarly long periods before being removed by permanent burial.
Seafood Education The general public and food service professionals are often confused by media reports and misinformation on seafood safety, quality, and availability. Consumers need a reliable and current source of information on these and other seafood topics. The Virginia Sea Grant Seafood Education Program at VIMS helps meet this need by communicating current research information on seafood in an interesting, useful, and timely manner through workshops and seminars, cooking demonstrations, professional development programs for chefs, and this website.
Sea Grant, Marine Advisory Program Virginia Sea Grant facilitates research, educational, and outreach activities promoting sustainable management of marine resources. We are part of a larger network of Sea Grant programs housed in 31 colleges and universities around the country. That network — the National Sea Grant College Program — began in 1966 through a Congressional Act and is part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Security The Institute provides un-armed security coverage from 5:00 pm to 6:00 am weekdays and continuous 24 hour coverage on weekends, holidays and other non-routine closings. Buildings are normally locked between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm by the guard on duty during the weekdays. Buildings are unlocked by the housekeeping staff starting at 6:00 am on weekdays.
Seine Surveys The primary goal of the survey is to monitor relative annual recruitment success of juvenile striped bass, Morone saxatilis, in the spawning and nursery areas of lower Chesapeake Bay by developing an annual index of abundance for each year class. The survey also generates indices of abundance for a number of other recreationally, commercially, and otherwise ecologically important species. Click here to go to the Indices page.
Seminars A list of seminars offered by VIMS by date, location and topic
Shellfish Diseases Since the late 1950s oyster populations of Chesapeake Bay have been significantly impacted by two oyster pathogens: Haplosporidium nelsoni, the causative agent of MSX disease, and Perkinsus marinus, the causative agent of perkinsosis or Dermo. These protozoan parasites have caused severe mortalities in Chesapeake Bay oyster populations, contributing to their decline and hindering their restoration. Scientists at VIMS have been studying these parasites since their discovery. Today, the VIMS Shellfish Pathology Laboratory continues research on these and other shellfish disease agents so that we may better understand the biology of these pathogens and use that information to mitigate effects on regional shellfish populations and industries.
Shoreline Studies Program The Shoreline Studies Program (SSP) within the Department of Physical Sciences conducts basic and applied research primarily within the shore zone of the Chesapeake Bay estuarine system and Virginia's ocean coast. Research efforts involve wave climate analysis, shoreline morphology, shore zone stratigraphy and recommending shoreline management strategies.
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) is a diverse assembly of rooted macrophytes found in shoal areas of Chesapeake Bay, from its mouth to the headwaters of its tributaries. It historically contributed to the high primary and secondary productivity of Chesapeake Bay (Kemp, et al., 1984). The dramatic baywide decline of all SAV species in the late 1960s and 1970s (Orth and Moore, 1983) was correlated with increasing nutrient and sediment inputs from development of the surrounding watershed (Kemp et al., 1983). This situation galvanized diverse groups into formulating a policy and implementation plan that would ensure the future of SAV in Chesapeake Bay.
Summer Opportunities This site offers summer internship opportunities for college and high school students.