A new study of the interplay between organisms and their environment bolsters the idea that greater biodiversity helps maintain more stable and productive ecosystems.
VIMS professors Jeff Shields and Harry Wang have been selected as recipients of 2015 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence at the College of William & Mary.
Local recreational anglers gathered at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point last week for an annual workshop to kick-off the 20th year of the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program.
Annual survey of shellfish aquaculture shows Commonwealth's growers sold $55.9 million in clams and oysters in 2014, up 24% from 2013.
Grand prize in the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s annual Marine Science Day Art Contest goes to Lauren Wheeler, a 10th-grader at Grafton High School.
Molly Mitchell discusses the science and impacts of coastal flooding during briefing organized by the nation's leading weather society.
Chefs from across Hampton Roads visited the Virginia Institute of Marine Science last week for a daylong symposium designed to introduce a new player in the local seafood game—the red crab.
VIMS graduate student Lydia Bienlien and researchers Ryan Carnegie, Corinne Audemard, and Kimberly Reece are conducting a study that could make us rethink the way we are breeding oysters.
Prototype developed by Dr. Paul Panetta and crew uses sound waves to help gauge thickness of slicks.
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School of Virginia Beach defended their title as winners of the annual Blue Crab Bowl for the eighth-straight year during the competition held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in early February.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Education Anne Holton, William & Mary President Taylor Reveley, and other dignitaries came together at the NewMarket Corporate Pavilion in Richmond in late January to celebrate the start of a milestone year for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
VIMS researchers traveled to the state capital in late January for Virginia Sea Grant’s 6th annual Project Participant’s Symposium at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Richmond.
In January, 51 middle and high school teachers from across the Commonwealth traveled to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to learn engaging and authentic examples of scientific research in order to enhance their classroom lesson plans.
VIMS graduate student Patricia Thibodeau and W&M undergraduate Jack Conroy are currently conducting field research in Antarctica thanks in part to a generous gift from Adrian G. “Casey” Duplantier Jr. and 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union of Newport News.
VIMS graduate student Emily French and her advisor VIMS Professor Kenneth Moore helped the Seagrass Species Specialist Group confirm the alarming loss of seagrass during the 11th International Seagrass Biology Workshop in Sanya, China.
VIMS launches multimedia website and announces first of its anniversary-themed public lectures for 2015.
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recognizes VIMS professor as one of the Commonwealth’s outstanding faculty members.
The Virginia Marine Trades Association hosted their fourth annual conference on the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Gloucester Point campus last week.
VIMS mourns the passing of Dr. Stephen L. Kaattari, CSX Professor of Marine Science, Emeritus, who passed away on November 11, 2014.
Community planners, scientists, and environmental managers refine a draft of a new computer model designed to improve the condition of Delmarva’s coastal bays.
Liese Carleton earns top prize for her creative whale shark pumpkin in competition hosted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Cassandra Glaspie of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently joined a select group of graduate students from across the nation as a recipient of a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Former Secretary of the Army and Congressman has served on the VIMS Council for two decades, where he has provided exceptional leadership in environmental matters.
Graduate student Lydia Bienlien of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science won first-place during VIMS’ inaugural Three Minute Thesis® competition for her description of the “secret triad” that affects the health of oysters and the people who eat them.
VIMS researchers join with colleagues, shellfish farmers, and government officials to explore options for improving management of oyster and clam diseases along the U.S. East Coast.
Preliminary results from ongoing VIMS survey represent a significant increase following the below-average recruitment observed in 2012.
VIMS COO Joe Martinez has received the Certified Educational Facilities Professional credential from APPA, the association dedicated to leadership in educational facilities.
With the help of canoes and glow sticks, people of all ages were introduced to the fun side of science during a series of events hosted by VIMS in honor of the first-ever Virginia Science Festival.
VIMS researchers receive a 3-year, $392,773 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to identify and protect the streams and wetlands most vulnerable to sea-level rise.
A $199,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will allow VIMS researchers to help protect Werowocomoco from shoreline erosion and sea-level rise.
Dr. Juliette Smith’s research focuses on one of the most complex and pressing issues in aquatic science—and she wouldn’t HAB it any other way.
VIMS recently celebrated the sixth group of interns to graduate from its Oyster Aquaculture Training Program during a reception on the Gloucester Point campus.
VIMS graduate student Ike Irby recently returned from Washington D.C. where he spent his summer working with the nation’s top scientists within the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Governor names Dean and Director John Wells to Climate Change Commission, where he will serve as conduit for VIMS expertise and data.
In-house competition recognizes the most engaging images taken by VIMS faculty, students, and staff in the field and lab.
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) recently recognized Sherry Rollins, a 7th-grade life science teacher at Peasley Middle School, with its 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award.
Research shows that the mussels that typically colonize a restored oyster reef can more than double its overall filtration capacity.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science welcomed 19 new graduate students last week, infusing William & Mary’s School of Marine Science at VIMS with a new wealth of research experience and academic promise.
Five students from the Eastern Shore of Virginia had the opportunity to spend their summer pursuing research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague.
Former governor discusses sea-level rise, blue crabs, and oysters with VIMS researchers during tour of Gloucester Point campus.
VIMS Associate Professor Mary C. Fabrizio was recognized with the 2014 Oscar E. Sette Award during the 144th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Québec City, Canada on August 17th.
Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam visited VIMS on August 4th to learn about the Institute's three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public.
The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA) honored Lisa Ayers Lawrence of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science with the 2014 Informal Educator Award at the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference in July.
William & Mary Law School recently announced the appointment of Roy A. Hoagland as a visiting professor of practice and director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC).
Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward visited VIMS on August 1st to learn about the Institute's research and advisory services, with a focus on water quality monitoring and the Institute’s role in research, development, and ongoing industry support of oyster aquaculture.
College students from around the nation showcased their summer research projects for an audience of faculty, staff, and students at VIMS on July 30th.
A unique partnership between VIMS and Rappahannock Community College combined online academics with wet and muddy fieldwork to help RCC students learn about the interactions among organisms in coastal environments.
VIMS researchers show that the quality of coastal habitat is an important factor in managing commercially targeted species.
The Colonial Sail & Power Squadron raised more than $5,000 during its fifth annual fundraising event for VIMS on July 19th.
Visit by Anne Holton focuses on the important role that VIMS graduate students play in research, advisory service, and local K-12 classrooms.
Six high school students from throughout the Commonwealth completed summer research projects on July 18th as part of the Governor’s School program at VIMS.
A long-term study of the links between climate and marine life along the rapidly warming West Antarctic Peninsula reveals how changes in physical factors send ripples up the food chain.
The Elizabeth River Project has placed VIMS alumna Sarah Sumoski at the forefront of their latest effort to restore the iconic Elizabeth River.
Dr. David Forrest adds to a 6-model forecast that NOAA uses to predict the size of the dead zone that forms off the Mississippi Delta each summer.
Eight William & Mary undergraduates are engaged in a unique new research program led by VIMS that combines classroom experience with summer internships across the globe.
Research funded by the National Science Foundation shows that infectious diseases play a part in crab population declines.
VIMS researchers collaborate with state and federal partners to assess the continental-shelf sands that beachfront localities use to protect against and recover from hurricanes.
The late Dr. John Olney receives one of biology's highest honors when fish scientists name new species Liopropoma olneyi.
Interstate commission recognizes Dr. Rob Latour for his outstanding contributions to the science and management of fisheries along the Atlantic coast.
VIMS’ twelfth annual Marine Science Day on May 17th drew the largest and most enthusiastic crowd the Institute has seen since the event’s inception in 2002.
Subsequent boat tour demonstrates how VIMS scientists help monitor water quality, environmental conditions, and fish populations in Chesapeake Bay.
VIMS Professor Elizabeth Canuel was honored with the Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching during William & Mary’s commencement ceremony on Sunday.
Dr. Andre Buchheister, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program at VIMS, was awarded the 2014 Thatcher Prize for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Study during William & Mary’s 2014 commencement ceremony.
Ninth graders enrolled in Earth Science at Gloucester High School had the opportunity to get their feet wet last week during a field experience offered by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR) at VIMS.
VIMS-led survey shows that bay-grass coverage increased from 48,195 to 59,927 acres, reversing the downward trend of the previous 3 years.
A series of 22 paintings by Maynard Nichols, artist and emeritus professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, are on exhibit in the Botetourt Gallery at the College of W&M’s Earl Gregg Swem Library.
Annual survey of shellfish aquaculture shows Commonwealth's growers sold $45.1 million in clams and oysters in 2013, up 24% from 2012.
The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has provided the VIMS Foundation with a leadership grant of $400,000 that researchers will use to purchase a state of the art “confocal” microscope capable of generating high-resolution 3-D images.
VIMS Professors Kenneth Moore and Deborah Steinberg have been selected as recipients of 2014 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence at the College of William & Mary.
Grand prize in VIMS' annual Marine Science Day artwork contest goes to Johnny Vaughan, a 1st-grader at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg.
"Counting the Fish in the Sea", by reporter and former teacher Carolyn Miller, depicts a day-in-the-life of VIMS Multispecies Survey Leader Jim Gartland and his team of scientists aboard the fishing vessel Darana R.
A study led by Professor Harry Wang demonstrates the ability to predict a hurricane’s storm tide at a much finer scale than current operational methods.
A group of 22 officials from the State Oceanic Administration of China visit Gloucester Point to learn about VIMS' efforts to educate the public on coastal and ocean issues.
VIMS professor John Milliman cautions that the drought now gripping the American West is likely to continue, while California invites professors Elizabeth Canuel and Rob Latour to advise the state on how it should respond to the threat.
Professor Robert “JJ” Orth describes success of eelgrass restoration on Virginia's Eastern Shore during “Coast Day” on Capitol Hill.
Chesapeake Bay Trust recognizes Judy Gwartney-Green, a 7th-grade life-science teacher at Peasley Middle School in Gloucester, for her contributions to environmental education and Bay restoration.
Researchers, lawyers, planners, community leaders, and local watermen gathered at VIMS last week for a Working Waterfronts Workshop.
A modeling study led by Professor Walker Smith shows that warming temperatures will reverse current trend, making Ross Sea largely ice free in summer by 2100.
Latest analysis of monthly global temperatures shows that the cold winter of 2014 in the eastern U.S. is a regional, not a global phenomenon.
Scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are taking their research from the laboratory to the pub in a new public outreach event titled “A Scientist Walks Into A Bar…”
Samantha Bickel receives prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship; begins as Environmental Science and Policy Specialist in the Offshore Wind and Ocean Renewable Energy office at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Top science students from Virginia high schools compete in 17th annual regional ocean science bowl
VIMS graduate students traveled to the state capital last week to present their research at Virginia Sea Grant’s 5th Annual Project Participants’ Symposium at the Science Museum of Virginia.
The clinic, a partnership between W&M Law and VIMS' Center for Coastal Resources Management, allows students to integrate the latest science with legal and policy analysis to solve resource-management issues in the coastal zone.
President Barack Obama has nominated Suzette Kimball, a W&M alumna and former VIMS scientist, to be the director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
To address one of the world’s big problems—nutrient pollution and its impacts on water quality—Dr. BK Song studies some of Earth’s smallest creatures, the bacteria and fungi that help power the global nitrogen cycle.
2013 was another great year for the students, staff, and faculty at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Take look back at the year's top stories.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently recognized graduate student Mark Stratton as the recipient of the SunTrust Mid-Atlantic Foundation Fellowship for 2013-2014.
Left to themselves, coastal wetlands can withstand rapid rates of sea-level rise. But humans could be sabotaging some of the wetlands’ best defenses, according to a Nature review paper by VIMS researcher Matt Kirwan and Pat Megonigal of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
W&M alumna Dr. Katherine Potter, who did her honors thesis with Professor Rob Hale at VIMS in 2004, is the principal investigator of the Rwanda Climate Observatory.
Inventor of the Year Award to Dr. Stan Allen recognizes his patented method for producing spawnless oysters, which has revolutionized aquaculture worldwide.