Research Programs & Projects
This program investigates contaminants in the biosphere and their effects on constituents of the biosphere, including humans.
Research in environmental chemistry addresses the sources, transport, fate, bioavailability and impacts of contaminants in ecosystems.
This program concentrates on indicator and pathogenic microorganisms in waters used for recreation, aquaculture, and shellfish harvesting.
Research involving the toxic effects of chemicals in water and sediment are conducted at the molecular and population levels.
Research to estimate the probability of an adverse effect of a contaminant to humans or the environment.
Aquatic Animal Health
This program focuses on the epidemiology, ecology, and pathophysiology of pathogens affecting aquatic crustaceans, with an emphasis on the blue crab.
Research in the Fish Immunity Laboratory is dedicated to the study of the immune defense mechanisms of finfish.
Fish & Shellfish Nutrition (no longer accpting new students)
Investigates energy reserves and nutritional factors important in the survival, growth, and recruitment of fish and shellfish species.
Investigations into abnormalities in structure and function at the cellular and organismal level are conducted.
Marine and Aquaculture Molecular Genetics
The focus of this program is molecular genetic studies of aquaculture species and aquatic pathogens.
Oyster Pathophysiology & Diseases (no longer accpting new students)
This program focuses on the interactions between oysters and their parasites by studying the defense system of the oyster and identifying the factors contributing to parasitic virulence.
The VIMS Shellfish Pathology Laboratory studies the diseases of commercially important molluscs like oysters and clams.