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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 804-684-7846 or e-mail [[programs]].

Current Speakers & Topics

(list current as of July 16, 2013)

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
Elizabeth Canuel Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Carbon cycle, eutrophication, climate change, algal biofuels
Ryan Carnegie Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Oysters, marine diseases, and parasites
Brandon Conroy Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Marine ecology, marine-science careers, zooplankton (krill, jellyfish, larval animals, etc.)
Courtney Harris Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Numerical models for oceanography, coastal physical processes
Jennifer Dreyer Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Antarctica, hydrothermal vents, naming new species/taxonomy, benthic ecology
Karen Duhring Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Coastal management, shorelines, environmentally friendly landscaping, wetlands
Debra Gauthier Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Multispecies fisheries research, fish ageing, fish diets, NEAMAP, ChesMMAP
Kirk Havens Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Chespeake 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
Carol Hopper Brill Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Careers in marine science, composition & origins of sand, coastal processes affecting sand
Rom Lipcius Adults Blue crab fishery and ecology, native oyster restoration
Drew Luellen Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Oil in the marine environment, environmental contamination
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
Jennifer Martin Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Rare deep sea fishes; ink-producing fishes; longest bony fish (oarfish); folklore/legends associated with Japanese fishes
Evan McOmber Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Fisheries science, VIMS shark survey, VIMS bottom trawl survey
James Perry Adults A naturalist's view of a paddle from the Andes to the Pacific
Pamela Reynolds Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Marine ecology of Chesapeake Bay; food webs; biodiversity
Walker Smith Adults, K-5th Graders Antarctica