Faculty Mentors

Select from the following list to learn about the research interests of participating faculty mentors.
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Bilkovic, Donna Marie
Research Associate Professor
Email: [[donnab]]
Phone: (804) 684-7331
Office: Davis Hall 213
Department: Biological Sciences
Unit: Center for Coastal Resources Management

Mark Brush

Brush, Mark J.
Email: [[brush]]
Phone: (804) 684-7402
Interests: Coastal systems ecology; Ecosystem modeling
Office: Andrews Hall 334F
Department: Biological Sciences


Carnegie, Ryan
Research Professor
Email: [[carnegie]]
Phone: (804) 684-7713
Interests: Shellfish pathology
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall N109
Department: Aquatic Health Sciences


Friedrichs, Carl T.
Glucksman Professor; Associate Director, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia
Email: [[v|carl.friedrichs]]
Phone: (804) 684-7303
Office: Wilson House 206
Interests: Coastal and estuarine processes
Department: Physical Sciences; CBNERR-VA

Marjy Friedrichs

Friedrichs, Marjy
Research Professor
Email: [[marjy]]
Phone: (804) 684-7695
Interests: Using mathematical models to study effects of climate change and other human impacts on coastal & estuarine systems.
Office: Andrews Hall 330
Department: Dual affiliation: Biological & Physical Sciences

Gong, Donglai
Associate Professor
Email: [[v|gong]]
Phone: (804) 684-7529
Office: Andrews Hall 228
Department: Physical Sciences
Lab: Andrews Hall 220/219

Courtney Harris

Harris, Courtney K.
Email: [[ckharris]]
Phone: (804) 684-7194
Interests: 3-D modeling to improve understanding of sediment transport in continental shelves and estuarine environments.
Office: Andrews Hall 227
Department: Physical Sciences

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Hein, Christopher
Associate Professor
Email: [[v|hein]]
Phone: (804) 684-7533
Office: Andrews Hall 230
Department: Physical Sciences
Lab Website: {{, Coastal Geology}}

Eric J. Hilton

Hilton, Eric J.
Email: [[ehilton]]
Phone: (804) 684-7178
Interests: Comparative anatomy, systematics, and evolution of ray-finned fishes.
Office: Nunnally Hall 123/125
Department: Fisheries Science

Johnson, David
Assistant Professor
Email: [[dsjohnson]]
Phone: (804) 684-7513 (email is best)
Office: Andrews Hall 336
Department: Biological Sciences
Lab Website: {{}}

Kellogg, Lisa
Senior Research Scientist
Email: [[v|lkellogg]]
Phone: 804-684-7706
Office: Andrews Hall 338
Department: Biological Sciences


Lipcius, Romuald N.
Email: [[rom]]
Phone: (804) 684-7330
Office: Andrews Hall 427
Department: Fisheries Science

Piero Mazzini

Mazzini, Piero
Assistant Professor
Email: [[v|pmazzini]]
Phone: (804) 684-7882
Interests: Coastal physical oceanography
Office: Andrews Hall 236
Department: Physical Sciences

McDowell, Jan
Research Associate Professor
Email: [[mcdowell]]
Phone: (804) 684-7263
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall N209
Department: Fisheries Science

Chris Patrick

Patrick, Chris
Assistant Professor; Director, VIMS SAV Monitoring and Restoration Program
Email: [[v|cpatrick]]
Phone: (804) 684-7399
Office: Andrews Hall 310
Department: Biological Sciences
Lab website: {{,Coastal & Estuarine Ecology Lab (CEEL)}}

Kim Reece

Reece, Kimberly S.
Professor; Dept. Chair, Aquatic Health Sciences
Email: [[v|kreece,Contact Dr. Kimberly Reece]]
Phone: (804) 684-7407
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall S110
Department: Aquatic Health Sciences
Interests: Molecular/genetic analysis of aquaculture species, shellfish disease pathogens.

Emily Rivest

Rivest, Emily
Assistant Professor
Email: [[ebrivest]]
Phone: (804) 684-7942
Office: Andrews Hall 340
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Ecological physiology, global change biology, marine invertebrate biology

Rochelle Seitz

Seitz, Rochelle D.
Research Professor
Email: [[seitz]]
Phone: (804) 684-7698
Office: Andrews Hall 331
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Predator/prey dynamics; nursery habitat and food availability for blue crabs.

Juliette Smith

Smith, Juliette L.
Assistant Professor
Email: [[jlsmith]]
Phone: (804) 684-7289
Office: Andrews Hall 429
Department: Aquatic Health Sciences
Interests: Ecotoxicology of harmful algal blooms.

Song, Bongkeun
Clark & Elizabeth Diamond Professor
Email: [[v|songb]]
Phone: (804) 684-7411
Office: Andrews Hall 328
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Microbiome ecology and biogeochemistry

Dr. Deborah Steinberg

Steinberg, Deborah
CSX Professor; Dept. Chair, Biological Sciences
Email: [[debbies]]
Phone: (804) 684-7838
Office: Andrews Hall 328
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Zooplankton ecology; coastal and deep sea food webs/marine "snow."

Bill Walton

Walton, Bill
Acuff Professor of Marine Science and Shellfish Aquaculture Program Coordinator
Email: [[v|walton]]
Phone: (804) 684-7238
Office: Acuff Center for Aquaculture 131
Department: Fisheries Science