VIMS made a big splash in 2021

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science published 212 journal articles in 2021, on topics ranging from the ecological impacts of COVID lockdowns to the extent and causes Chesapeake Bay warming, the removal of ocean carbon by fish, and the effects of harmful algal blooms on Eastern oysters. Here are the 15 articles authored or co-authored by VIMS researchers that made the biggest "splash" in 2021 as ranked by Altmetrics©, a company that monitors media attention based on mentions in traditional media, social media, community forums, and other online platforms. Altmetrics complements more traditional measures of scientific value such as advisory impact and citations. Click the colored badge for a detailed look at the attention received by the following papers.

Global COVID-19 lockdown highlights humans as both threats and custodians of the environment
Toward a better understanding of fish-based contribution to ocean carbon flux
Connectivity: insights from the U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network
A rapid phenotype change in the pathogen Perkinsus marinus was associated with a historically significant marine disease emergence in the Eastern oyster
Thermokarst acceleration in Arctic tundra driven by climate change and fire disturbance
Cloud shadows drive vertical migrations of deep-dwelling marine life
Diatom hotspots driven by Western Boundary Current instability
Coastal forest seawater exposure increases stem methane concentration
Multi-scale biodiversity drives temporal variability in macrosystems
Krill availability in adjacent Adélie and Gentoo penguin foraging regions near Palmer Station, Antarctica
Marine harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the United States: History, current status and future trends
Determinants of community compositional change are equally affected by global change
The extent of seasonally suitable habitats may limit forage fish production in a temperate estuary
Seagrass recovery following marine heat wave influences sediment carbon stocks
Global blue carbon accumulation in tidal wetlands increases with climate change

You can also see the impact of our in-house publications by visiting the Hargis Library at VIMS. We provide other ways of visualizing the impacts of VIMS research and activities through the infographic shown below.