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2017 Media Recap
VIMS was all the buzz in 2017

The 134 journal articles authored or co-authored by VIMS researchers in 2017 were talked about around the world. Here are the 15 that received the most "buzz."

Green Fee Lights
Green fee award helps shine light on VIMS

The latest grant from W&M's Committee on Sustainability will reduce electricity usage and improve working conditions on our Gloucester Point campus.

Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability

A new review article presents evidence that argues for a more nuanced approach to the design of global-change experiments—one that acknowledges and purposefully incorporates the variability inherent in nature.

Juvenile striped bass maintain average abundance in Virginia waters in 2017

Researchers with VIMS' long-term survey recorded 8.98 young-of-year striped bass per seine haul in the Virginia portion of Chesapeake Bay during 2017, similar to the historic average of 7.77. The 2017 year class represents the group of fish hatched this spring that will grow to fishable sizes in three to four years.

Mermaid Cup 2017
Annual Mermaid Cup supports VIMS research

The Peninsula chapter of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia hosted the 3rd annual Mermaid Cup golf tournament on September 20th at Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club in Newport News, supporting the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation.

2017 Photo Contest Winner
VIMS announces winners of 2017 Photo Contest

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has announced the winners of its 18th annual photo contest, held to recognize the most notable images captured by VIMS faculty, students, and staff while conducting scientific studies in the field and laboratory.

Marsh Zombies
Study tells of pumpkin-colored zombies

Salt marsh research shows that growing abundance of tiny shrimp infected by a microscopic parasite may portend future threats to humankind through disease.

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.

King Tide
VIMS contributes to ‘King Tide’ mapping project

"Dress rehearsal" will help quantify local flooding risk and validate storm-surge models, while laying groundwork for long-term network of volunteer data collectors.

Matt Kirwan
Kirwan earns prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Funds will help early-career professor advance research and teaching related to coastal marshes and their response to sea-level rise.

Solar Eclipse
The day the plankton rose

The story of how a solar eclipse helped solve an oceanographic mystery in the waters off Cape Cod.

Congressional Staff Visit
Virginia congressional staffers visit VIMS

Faculty, staff, and students use opportunity to share how VIMS is working to address the myriad issues facing Chesapeake Bay and the coastal ocean.

Beach Cleanup
Grad students lead cleanup effort

As beach season heats up around Chesapeake Bay, VIMS grad students use beach cleanups to help document and reduce marine litter.

Striped Bass
VIMS report offers mixed news on James River Kepone

Good news is that threats to human health from this now-banned pesticide have largely abated, troubling news is that threats from new, undocumented contaminants persist.

Turbot in net
VIMS grad students advise international fisheries

Work gains attention as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea begins to use student-developed assessment methods to manage fish stocks worldwide.

Anna Fisher and John Wells following the VIMS Awards Ceremony.
VIMS announces winners of annual awards

Each year the VIMS community gathers to recognize exemplary performance by faculty, staff, and students. Learn about this year's honorees.

A living shoreline.
VIMS shares benefits, challenges of living shorelines

Donna Marie Bilkovic and Molly Mitchell are co-editors and authors of a new book that explores the benefits and challenges of using “living shorelines” to address coastal issues.

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.