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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Aquatic Health Sciences

Scientists in the Department of Aquatic Health Sciences focus on microorganisms, chemicals, heavy metals, and biotoxins that can deleteriously affect aquatic animals, ecosystems and public health.  Some current research themes include parasitology, marine plastics, genomics and transcriptomics, harmful algal blooms, environmental pollution, disease ecology, and biosensors. 

Two major research areas can be identified within the department:

Animal Health

Research in animal health addresses the ecology, evolution, pathology, and toxicity of pathogens, diseases, and natural toxins that impact wildlife, humans, and commercially relevant species.

Environmental Health

Research in environmental health investigates the sources, transport, fate, and bioavailability of contaminants in ecosystems and their impact on public health.