Biological Sciences Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at VIMS are active in a wide range of research areas aimed at understanding the structure, function, and evolution of marine and estuarine ecosystems, focusing on both benthic and planktonic components. Faculty and students enjoy close collaboration with scientists in other academic departments at VIMS.

Anderson, Iris
Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[v|iris]]
Phone: (804) 684-7811
Interests: Nitrogen and carbon cycling
Office: Andews Hall 329


Brush, Mark
Associate Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[brush]]
Phone: (804) 684-7402
Interests: Coastal systems ecology; ecosystem models
Office: Andrews Hall 334F

Friedrichs, Marjorie A.M.
Research Associate Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[marjy]]
Phone: (804) 684-7695
Interests: Studying effects of climate change and other human impacts on coastal & estuarine systems, through the use of coupled biological-physical models.
Office: Andrews Hall 337


Hershner, Carl
Director, Center for Coastal Resources Management; Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[carl]]
Phone: (804) 684-7387
Office: Wetlands/Watershed Facility 104
Department: Biological Sciences

Johnson, David
Assistant Professor
Email: [[dsjohnson]]
Phone: (804) 684-7513 (email is best)
Office: Andrews Hall 336
Department: Biological Sciences

Kellogg, Lisa
Assistant Research Scientist
Email: [[lkellogg]]
Phone: 804-684-7706
Office: Andrews 338
Department: Biological Sciences

Mark W. Luckenbach

Luckenbach, Mark
Associate Dean of Research and Advisory Service
Email: [[luck]]
Phone: 804-684-7108
Interests: Bivalve ecology; reef restoration; habitat evaluation.
Office: Watermen's Hall 248

Kenneth A. Moore

Moore, Kenneth
Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[moore]]
Phone:: (804) 684-7384
Office: Andrews Hall 327
Department:: Biological Sciences

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Orth, Robert
Professor of Marine Science, Department Chair
Email: [[jjorth]]
Website: {{, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)}}
Phone: (804) 684-7392
Interests: Submerged aquatic vegetation biology and ecology.

Rivest, Emily
Assistant Professor
Email: [[ebrivest]]
Phone: (804) 684-7942
Office: Andrews Hall 340
Department: Biological Sciences


Schaffner, Linda C.
Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Studies
Email: [[linda]]
Phone (Associate Dean): (804) 684-7105
Phone (Research Office): (804) 684-7366
Office: Watermen's Hall 251 (Associate Dean), Andrews Hall 114 (Research)

Rochelle Seitz

Seitz, Rochelle
Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[seitz]]
Phone: (804) 684-7698
Interests: Predator/prey dynamics; nursery habitat and food availability for blue crabs.
Office: Andrews Hall 331

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Smith, Walker
Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[wos]]
Phone: (804) 684-7709
Interests: Phytoplankton growth/photosynthetic material in surface layer of oceans.
Office: Maury Hall 201

Song, Bongkeun
Associate Professor
Email: [[songb]]
Phone: (804) 684-7411
Office: Andrews Hall 339
Interests: Microbiome ecology and biogeochemistry

Steinberg, Deborah
CSX Professor of Marine Science
Email: [[debbies]]
Phone: (804) 684-7838
Interests: Zooplankton ecology; coastal and deep sea food webs/marine "snow".
Office: Andrews 328

St-Laurent, Pierre
Assistant Research Scientist
Email: [[pst-laurent]]
Phone: (804) 684-7754
Office: Andrews Hall 210
Department: Biological Sciences