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VIMS announces winners of 2021 Photo Contest

22nd-annual contest recognizes the most noteworthy images captured by VIMS faculty, students, and staff while conducting research in the field and laboratory.

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Cloud shadows cue mini-migrations

New study shows that some zooplankton migrators react to light cues far more subtle than previously thought.

ERP Environmental Justice Tool
New online tool helps better serve environmental justice

The Elizabeth River Project and VIMS team up to help the non-profit and other community partners more deliberately focus planning efforts in historically under-resourced communities of color.

Dr. Derek Aday chosen to lead VIMS

Nationally renowned ecologist will serve as next dean of William & Mary's School of Marine Science and director of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Scientific survey shows female blue crab population remains strong

Results from the latest Winter Dredge Survey—conducted annually by VIMS and the Maryland DNR—indicate the female spawning stock remains healthy, but mixed results for abundances by age and sex may mean a lean harvest this fall.

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VIMS announces winners of annual awards

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

RecFish App
VIMS scientists want to hear your fish tales

VIMS scientists are asking for angler snapshots to train software to identify different fish species. Their ultimate goal is to put that artificial intelligence into a “RecFish” cell phone app, giving anglers a multi-use field guide and scientists a collaborative tool for better management of recreational species.

Dr. Jack Musick
VIMS remembers Musick

The VIMS community commemorates the incredibly rich career of emeritus professor Dr. Jack Musick, who passed away on February 13.

Blue Catfish
Warming may promote spread of non-native blue catfish

A new VIMS study suggests that continued warming of Atlantic coastal waters may enhance the spread of invasive blue catfish within the Chesapeake Bay and other East Coast estuaries.

Bay Climatology 2020

The southern portion of the Chesapeake watershed was unusually warm and wet during 2020, while the northern reaches were warm and slightly dry.