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King Tide
VIMS contributes to ‘King Tide’ mapping project

"Dress rehearsal" will help quantify local flooding risk and validate storm-surge models, while laying groundwork for long-term network of volunteer data collectors.

Matt Kirwan
Kirwan earns prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Funds will help early-career professor advance research and teaching related to coastal marshes and their response to sea-level rise.

Solar Eclipse
The day the plankton rose

The story of how a solar eclipse helped solve an oceanographic mystery in the waters off Cape Cod.

Congressional Staff Visit
Virginia congressional staffers visit VIMS

Faculty, staff, and students use opportunity to share how VIMS is working to address the myriad issues facing Chesapeake Bay and the coastal ocean.

Beach Cleanup
Grad students lead cleanup effort

As beach season heats up around Chesapeake Bay, VIMS grad students use beach cleanups to help document and reduce marine litter.

Striped Bass
VIMS report offers mixed news on James River Kepone

Good news is that threats to human health from this now-banned pesticide have largely abated, troubling news is that threats from new, undocumented contaminants persist.

Turbot in net
VIMS grad students advise international fisheries

Work gains attention as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea begins to use student-developed assessment methods to manage fish stocks worldwide.

Anna Fisher and John Wells following the VIMS Awards Ceremony.
VIMS announces winners of annual awards

Each year the VIMS community gathers to recognize exemplary performance by faculty, staff, and students. Learn about this year's honorees.

A living shoreline.
VIMS shares benefits, challenges of living shorelines

Donna Marie Bilkovic and Molly Mitchell are co-editors and authors of a new book that explores the benefits and challenges of using “living shorelines” to address coastal issues.

Researchers discover greenhouse bypass for nitrogen

An international team including VIMS professor B.K. Song discovers that production of a potent greenhouse gas can be bypassed as soil nitrogen breaks down into unreactive atmospheric N2.

High-tech mooring will measure beneath Antarctic ice

VIMS professor Elizabeth Shadwick has deployed a high-tech mooring beneath the seasonally ice-covered waters around Antarctica to better understand ocean acidification in polar regions.