2006 Top Stories

Scientist shine light on global seagrass crisis

A study by VIMS professor JJ Orth and colleagues reveals that seagrasses are in trouble worldwide, yet the public remains largely unaware of the problem and its significance.

EPA recognizes VIMS for wetlands work

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized VIMS as one of the nation's 25 exemplars of effective wetlands research and management.

NOAA, VIMS announce plans to study derelict crab pots

Representatives from NOAA, VIMS, and state and local governments highlight an ongoing project to identify, map, and assess derelict crab pots and the stress they impose on the health and economy of the Bay.

Ernesto: Anatomy of a storm

VIMS emeritus professor John Boon explains Tropical Depression Ernesto’s surprisingly high storm tide.

Workshop Targets Charter Boat Operators

Sea Grant programs in the Mid-Atlantic region continue an annual tradition by hosting the latest edition of the Delmarva Charter Boat Workshop, on Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's workshop will take place at Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland.

W&M bestows honorary doctorate on Van Engel

VIMS Professor Emeritus Willard A. Van Engel received an honorary doctorate of science during commencement ceremonies at The College of William and Mary on Sunday. The doctorate was presented by W&M Chancellor Sandra Day O'Connor.

Duffy and Lipcius win Leopold Fellowships

Two Virginia Institute of Marine Science faculty members—Drs. Emmett Duffy and Rom Lipcius—are among 18 environmental scientists from the U.S. and Canada who have been awarded 2006 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowships.

Lucy wins Hutchinson Conservation Award

Mr. Jon Lucy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has received the Bob Hutchinson Conservation award from the Portsmouth Anglers Club for his continuing efforts to promote more effective management of Virginia's recreational fisheries.

Dominion gift supports new VIMS building

Dominion of Richmond has given VIMS a $50,000 gift to help equip a distance-learning classroom in VIMS' new research building, Andrews Hall, which is scheduled to open in spring 2007.

VIMS alumna receives prestigious national award

VIMS alumna Dr. Leigh McCallister has won the prestigious Lindeman Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography for her graduate student research.

VIMS alum coaches team to Blue Crab victory

VIMS alum Kevin Goff (MS 2002) coached the Chesapeake Bay Governor's School team to a first-place finish in this year's Blue Crab Bowl, a high school academic competition focused on the ocean sciences.

Miselis chosen as Foster Scholar

Virginia Institute of Marine Science graduate student Jennifer Miselis has been awarded a prestigious Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for her work to better understand the interaction between coastal geology and beach erosion.

Canuel selected for teaching award

As a leader in the field of marine organic chemistry, Elizabeth Canuel could easily work at an organization where her entire focus would be devoted to research or time in a lab.