Roger Mann

Roger Mann - Roger is a professor of marine science at VIMS. His current interests include physiological ecology of marine molluscs, larval dispersal and settlement processes in estuarine and shallow water systems, fisheries and aquaculture of marine molluscs, invasion biology and ballast water technologies.

Missy Southworth

Melissa Southworth - Missy is a senior marine scientist at VIMS. She runs the field program for the Molluscan Ecology Lab and is the lead scientist on the oyster patent tong, dredge and shellstring surveys. Her interests include stock assessment of commercially viable shellfish species in the Chesapeake Bay, the development of best management practices in support of shellfish aquaculture in the Bay, restoration of oyster populations and oyster reef ecology and biology.

Chase Long

Chase Long - Chase became interested in marine ecosystems while growing up in Florida. He earned his BS in Biology with a focus on Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. While there, he studied the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on epipelagic fish and sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. His research interests at VIMS include age and growth studies of the ocean quahog, benthic ecology of the Mid Atlantic Bight, and the effects of climate change on hard clam distribution off the U.S. east coast.

Karen Reay

Karen ReayKaren is the CEO of Baywater Communications. She has experience in web design, strategic planning, marketing, data and information system development and incorporates these skills with her understanding of marine science topics. Karen has over 25 years of experience working with government, academic agencies and industry. 

Oyster Restoration Team

From left to right, Dr. Roger Mann, VIMS, Melissa Southworth, VIMS, Dr. Jim Wesson, Virginia Department of Marine Resources (retired) and Tommy Leggett, Chessie Seafood and Aquafarms.  Jim Wesson and Tommy Leggett have worked closely with the Molluscan Ecology Lab to promote oyster research and restoration.