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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science provides opportunities to invite VIMS faculty and staff for talks or other outreach activities at your community organization, school, club, business, or other venue.  The topics available are as varied as VIMS' research (see list below). General VIMS presentations are also available for those wishing to learn more about VIMS’ research programs, advisory service, and outreach education.

For more information, or to arrange a speaker, call 804-684-7061 or e-mail [[programs]].

Current Speakers & Topics

(list current as of May 27, 2016)

Name Audiences Topics
Stan Allen Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Oysters; aquaculture
Deborah Bronk Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders

Adults—How Science Works in the US
Students—Research in Antarctica, Science as a Career

Phytoplankton; nutrient issues

Elizabeth Canuel Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Carbon cycle; eutrophication; climate change; algal biofuels
Ryan Carnegie Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Oysters; marine diseases and parasites; ecology; biology
Jennifer Dreyer Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Antarctica; hydrothermal vents; naming new species/taxonomy; Deep Sea Biology; invertebrates
Karen Duhring Adults Coastal management; living shorelines; native plants; environmentally friendly landscaping (BayScapes); tidal wetlands
Mary Fabrizio Adults Invasive blue catfish; Fishes of Chesapeake Bay (trawl survey information); hypoxia effects on fishes
Amy Freitag Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Citizen science; ecosystem-based fisheries management; marine spatial planning; women in science; science blogging
Debra Gauthier Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Multispecies fisheries research; fish ageing; fish diets; predator prey interactions; NEAMAP; ChesMMAP
Willy Goldsmith Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Biology and ecology of migratory fishes such as tunas and billfishes; Using pop-up satellite tagging technology to track fishes and survival following catch-and-release fishing; recreational fisheries science; fisheries management
Courtney Harris Adults, K-5th Graders Numerical models for oceanography; coastal physical processes; physical and geological "geography"of Chesapeake Bay
Kirk Havens Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Chesapeake Bay; marine debris ("ghost" crab pots); wetlands; thermal imaging of natural resources; adaptive management of natural resources; environmental indicators
Carl Hobbs Adults Potential consequences of sea-level rise; geological history of Chesapeake Bay; considerations for developing offshore energy resources: Is there oil on our horizon?
Carol Hopper Brill Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders

STEM Careers in Marine Science

What Can You Learn from Sand?

The GK-12 PERFECT Collection: STEM lessons & Activities from VIMS Graduate Students

Rom Lipcius Adults Blue crab fishery and ecology; native oyster restoration
Drew Luellen Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Oil in the marine environment; environmental contamination including plastics and organic chemicals
David Malmquist Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders VIMS overview; climate change; tropical cyclones; geology
Roger Mann Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Climate change; bay issues; oysters
Susan Maples Adults VIMS overview and/or Outreach Programs
James Perry Adults A naturalist's view of a paddle from the Andes to the Pacific
Elizabeth Shadwick Adults Ocean uptake of atmospheric CO2 (Ocean Acidification); differences between Arctic and Antarctic responses to climate change
Jeff Shields Adults Disease ecology; crabs and other crustaceans
Jess Small Adults, K-5th Graders

Oysters: biology, reproduction, process from hatchery to plate;

VIMS' role in the VA oyster industry

Walker Smith Adults, K-5th Graders Antarctic oceanography
Richard Snyder Adults, Middle/High Schoolers (Eastern Shore) Persistent organic pollutants, oil spill, Bay scallop restoration, The Role of Science in Society
Patricia Thibodeau Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Antarctica; climate change; zooplankton ecology; ocean acidification; pteropods (open ocean snails)
Zoemma Warshafsky Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Why we should consider diseases/parasites in fisheries management; the importance of eel fishery