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York River Salinity
Recent rains impact Chesapeake Bay, marine research

Unusually fresh waters have impacted everything from algal blooms to fish distributions, oyster mortality and disease prevalence, the conduct of lab experiments, and the incidence of low-oxygen dead zones.

Arctic Research
Team visits Arctic Ocean to help resolve major climate puzzle

VIMS researchers will travel to the North Pole this August for a month-long study of one of the major uncertainties in climate-change research—the complex interplay between sea ice, marine life, and clouds.

Great White Shark
Shark Survey encounters two great white sharks

Rare sightings are only the 5th and 6th great whites encountered during the 45-year history of VIMS Shark Longline Survey and are likely related to unusually cool waters.

Coral study reveals surprising twist

A new study puts a surprising twist into our understanding of how corals react to ocean warming and acidification and may offer an early warning system for warmth-induced coral bleaching events.

VIMS adds first James-drainage snakehead to Fish Collection

The first northern snakehead found within the James River drainage has now been deposited in the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection at VIMS, where it will be used to train and educate biologists and the public.

2017-18 Awards
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.

Hershner receives Environmental Leadership Award

Candidates are nominated by members of Virginia’s environmental community, and judged on the basis of their vision, expertise, commitment, integrity, communication skills, accomplishments, and diplomacy.

VIMS dedicates new building

Donald W. Davis Hall—the first LEED-certified building on VIMS’ Gloucester Point campus—will centralize and upgrade research and office space for a number of existing programs.

Orth receives VA Outstanding Scientist Award

VIMS professor Robert “JJ” Orth has been named one of Virginia’s three Outstanding Scientists for 2018 by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Richard Conti of the Science Museum of Virginia.

Icy Tributary
Where’s the water, and why the ice?

In an era of sea-level rise and global warming, almost two weeks of low tides and chilly temps has raised a host of questions, as well as concerns among vessel operators and oyster growers. VIMS professors help explain the apparent contradictions.

2017 Media Recap
VIMS was all the buzz in 2017

The 134 journal articles authored or co-authored by VIMS researchers in 2017 were talked about around the world. Here are the 15 that received the most "buzz."

Green Fee Lights
Green fee award helps shine light on VIMS

The latest grant from W&M's Committee on Sustainability will reduce electricity usage and improve working conditions on our Gloucester Point campus.

Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability

A new review article presents evidence that argues for a more nuanced approach to the design of global-change experiments—one that acknowledges and purposefully incorporates the variability inherent in nature.