Molluscan Ecology Research

  • Clam Processing
    Clam Processing  Dr. Eric Powell from University of Southern Mississippi, processing clams at night on a research voyage.  Roger Mann
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     Night crew on a clam research voyage.  Roger Mann
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     Dredges on the gantry...notice their size in comparison to the worker.  Roger Mann
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     Measuring biodeposition in Virginia sub-estuaries  Missy Southworth
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     Float basket sediment traps.  Missy Southworth
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     Oyster farms in Chesapeake Bay  Missy Southworth
  • Aquaculture
    Aquaculture  Oyster aquaculture cages  Missy Southworth
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Current research projects focus on the biology and ecology of several molluscs listed below as well as projects examining age and growth and coastal habitat ecology. These research projects seek to answer focused questions and rely on data collected in both field and laboratory settings. 

VIMS is also a research site for the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS), an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Dr. Roger Mann is the VIMS Site Director and Dr. Eric Powell, University of Southern Mississippi is the Program Director for the Center.

oyster measurement

Oysters collected during research survey

Oysters (Crassostrea virginica)
Spisula
Atlantic Surf Clam (Spisula solidissima) and
Ocean Quahog (Arctic islandica)
Rapana venosa
Invasive Species
Mann testimony
Climate Change