Toxicologists and environmental chemists at VIMS use cutting-edge analytical instruments to detect, identify, and assess the risks of marine pollutants such as brominated flame retardants (PBDEs), Kepone©, heavy metals like mercury, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and tributyl tin (TBT).
- VIMS shoots to reduce pollution from spent shotgun shells (June 2015) A team of researchers at VIMS has earned a state award to further develop a biodegradable alternative to plastic shotgun “wads," which pose a threat to wildlife.
- VIMS develops underwater robot to assist in oil-spill cleanup (March 2015) Prototype developed by Dr. Paul Panetta and crew uses sound waves to help gauge thickness of slicks.
- New VIMS faculty member specializes in algal toxins (September 2014) Dr. Juliette Smith’s research focuses on one of the most complex and pressing issues in aquatic science—and she wouldn’t HAB it any other way.
- New faculty member explores heart of nitrogen cycle (January 2014) To address one of the world’s big problems—nutrient pollution and its impacts on water quality—Dr. BK Song studies some of Earth’s smallest creatures, the bacteria and fungi that help power the global nitrogen cycle.
Advisory Service Reports
- Virginia. Dept. of Environmental Quality, Virginia. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services., Virginia. Dept. of Forestry., and Virginia Institute of Marine Science. 1994. Actions and options for Virginia's Potomac Basin tributary nutrient reduction strategy. Dept. of Environmental Quality, Richmond, Va.
- Boesch, D. F., and Corvallis Environmental Research Laboratory. 1977. Application of numerical classification in ecological investigations of water pollution. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development.
- Virginia Institute of Marine Science. 1971. Thermal effects of the Surry Nuclear Power Plant on the James River, Virginia: The design of the monitoring system Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA
Five Most Recent Journal Articles
- Xu, X.Y. and M.C. Newman, 2015. Mercury Exposure as a Function of Fish Consumption in Two Asian Communities in Coastal Virginia, USA. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 68(3): p. 462-475. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00244-014-0102-y
- La Guardia, M.J. and R.C. Hale, 2015. Halogenated flame-retardant concentrations in settled dust, respirable and inhalable particulates and polyurethane foam at gymnastic training facilities and residences. Environment International, 79: p. 106-114. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2015.02.014
- Gaylor, M.O., E. Harvey, and R.C. Hale, 2015. Systematic Investigation of Factors Controlling Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) of Spiked and Aged PCBs from Edible Tissues of the Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 94(1): p. 23-28. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-014-1380-9
- Chen, D., R.C. Hale, and R.J. Letcher, 2015. Photochemical and Microbial Transformation of Emerging Flame Retardants: Cause for Concern? Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 34(4): p. 687-699. http://doi.org/10.1002/etc.2858
- Bundschuh, M., et al., 2015. Effects of two sorbents applied to mercury-contaminated river sediments on bioaccumulation in and detrital processing by Hyalella azteca. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 15(5): p. 1265-1274. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11368-015-1100-z