HABs in the News

Public interest in harmful algal blooms and HAB research at VIMS drives significant media coverage, particularly during late summer, prime HAB season in Chesapeake Bay.
York River Salinity
Recent rains impact Chesapeake Bay, marine research

Unusually fresh waters have impacted everything from algal blooms to fish distributions, oyster mortality and disease prevalence, the conduct of lab experiments, and the incidence of low-oxygen dead zones.

Flow Cytobot
Private gift supports HAB research at VIMS

Local philanthropists Harry and Judy Wason fund purchase of an Imaging FlowCytobot to help Dr. Juliette Smith's research team detect harmful algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay.

Bay Bloom
VIMS emerges as leader in study of harmful algal blooms

Public and private funding is helping VIMS researchers redouble their efforts to better understand and manage potentially harmful algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters around the U.S.

VIMS researchers monitor harmful algal bloom

VIMS researchers continue to monitor a large bloom of Alexandrium monilatum in the lower York River and blooms of Cochlodinium and other species throughout the lower Bay.

Aerial photos reveal extent of algal blooms

High-resolution aerial photographs taken by VIMS professor Kim Reece show the broad extent of the algal blooms currently discoloring lower Chesapeake Bay.