2016 Top Stories

Researchers discover greenhouse bypass for nitrogen

An international team including VIMS professor B.K. Song discovers that production of a potent greenhouse gas can be bypassed as soil nitrogen breaks down into unreactive atmospheric N2.

High-tech mooring will measure beneath Antarctic ice

VIMS professor Elizabeth Shadwick has deployed a high-tech mooring beneath the seasonally ice-covered waters around Antarctica to better understand ocean acidification in polar regions.

People are talking—about VIMS research

The 123 journal articles authored or co-authored by VIMS researchers in 2016 were talked about around the world. Here are the 15 that received the most "buzz."

Mermaid Cup raises funds for VIMS research

The Peninsula chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Virginia hosted the 2nd annual Mermaid Cup golf tournament on October 27th at Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club in Newport News, in support of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation.

Students gain skills through aquaculture training program

Four rising professionals recently completed a training program in oyster aquaculture at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, providing them with the skills needed to advance in this rapidly growing industry.

Dominion Foundation funds sea turtle nesting research

A grant of $30,000 from The Dominion Foundation, to William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science will fund a study of sea turtle nesting along Virginia’s Atlantic seaboard.

Graves inducted into IGFA Hall of Fame

The International Game Fish Association—the global authority on recreational fishing—has inducted VIMS professor John Graves into its Fishing Hall of Fame, an illustrious group that includes Zane Gray, Ernest Hemingway, Izaak Walton, and Ted Williams.

Marine Life Day at VIMS' Eastern Shore Lab highlights biodiversity

After a week of heavy rain along the mid-Atlantic coast, the sky cleared and the sun came out just in time for Marine Life Day at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences’ Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague on September 24th.

Decoding sharks

VIMS professor Kevin Weng and W&M undergraduates collaborate on the Eastern Shore to uncover the secrets behind shark behavior.

Loftis partners in market challenge

Ideas proposed by Dr. Derek Loftis and partner will enhance a mobile app that was developed to help users better monitor and respond to coastal flooding.

VIMS professor wins international recognition

Professor Elizabeth Canuel was awarded the honorary title of Geochemical Fellow at the annual Goldschmidt Conference recently held in Yokohama, Japan.

VIMS professor recognized with prestigious award

VIMS Professor John Graves was honored with the Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching during William & Mary’s commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Study predicts salt marshes will persist despite rising seas

Analysis shows traditional assessment methods overestimate salt-marsh vulnerability because they don’t fully account for processes that allow for vertical and landward migration as water levels increase.