2015 Top Stories

VIMS celebrates 75th anniversary with public oyster roast

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science hosted an oyster roast on its Gloucester Point campus on Friday evening to celebrate its 75th anniversary, as well as recent breakthroughs in aquaculture research.

VIMS hosts workshop to identify and catalog larval fishes

VIMS hosted a two-week Larval Fish Workshop October 5-16 to introduce students, collection managers, and other professionals to the study, identification, and care of specimens representing the earliest life stages of bony fishes.

First Lady of Virginia cooks, dines with local kids at VIMS

Eight second-grade students from local elementary schools visited the VIMS last week to learn about the link between a healthy Chesapeake Bay and the seafood they eat with Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Virginia Executive Mansion Chef Ed Gross.

There’s no place like VIMS!

Past and present members of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science community gathered on the Gloucester Point campus October 7-10th in honor of the Institute’s 75th anniversary.

House coastal flooding committee meets at VIMS

Legislators join with citizens, policymakers, and researchers as part of their on-going efforts to develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan for addressing coastal flooding and sea-level rise in the Commonwealth.

VIMS Professors chosen as inaugural AFS fellows

Professor Mary Fabrizio and Emeritus Professor Jack Musick of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science were named fellows of the America Fisheries Society (AFS) at the society’s 145th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon in August.

VIMS welcomes House delegates to Gloucester Point

Members of the Virginia House of Delegates’ Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resource committee meet with researchers to discuss water quality, clams, oysters, blue crabs, and more.

VIMS welcomes new class of graduate students

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science welcomed 21 new graduate students to its Gloucester Point campus this week, bringing overall enrollment in William & Mary’s School of Marine Science to 88 students.

Eastern Shore students pursue marine science internships

College students who hail from the Eastern Shore of Virginia presented their summer research projects to an audience of family members and donors at the VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague last week.

VIMS Governor’s School students complete summer research

Six students from high schools throughout Virginia presented their summer research projects at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science on July 17th in front of an audience of mentors, parents, peers, and members of the VIMS community.

Emmy Award-winning TV show focuses on VIMS science

The cast and crew of the Aqua Kids television series traveled to the VIMS' Gloucester Point and Wachapreague campuses in July to interview scientists and learn about local marine research as they filmed several episodes for their 11th season airing this fall.

VIMS grad awarded prestigious Thatcher Prize

Dr. Jonathan Lefcheck, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program at VIMS, was awarded the 2015 Thatcher Prize for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Study during William & Mary’s commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Marine lab leaders discuss sea-level rise at VIMS

Representatives from marine laboratories throughout the southern U.S. traveled to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science last week for their annual meeting and to discuss an issue—sea-level rise—that threatens not only coastal communities but many of the lab’s own waterfront campuses.

VIMS graduates celebrate triple milestone

Students not only take part in W&M's commencement ceremony, but do so during VIMS’ 75th Anniversary year, and in the 1,000-degree cohort.

Biodiversity promotes multitasking in ecosystems

A new study of the interplay between organisms and their environment bolsters the idea that greater biodiversity helps maintain more stable and productive ecosystems.

VIMS cooperative program celebrates 20 years of tagging

Local recreational anglers gathered at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point last week for an annual workshop to kick-off the 20th year of the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program.

Local teen wins VIMS Art Contest

Grand prize in the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s annual Marine Science Day Art Contest goes to Lauren Wheeler, a 10th-grader at Grafton High School.

One crab, two crab, red crab, new crab

Chefs from across Hampton Roads visited the Virginia Institute of Marine Science last week for a daylong symposium designed to introduce a new player in the local seafood game—the red crab.

Bishop Sullivan wins Blue Crab Bowl for 8th-straight year

Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School of Virginia Beach defended their title as winners of the annual Blue Crab Bowl for the eighth-straight year during the competition held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in early February.

VIMS celebrates 75th anniversary year in state capital

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Education Anne Holton, William & Mary President Taylor Reveley, and other dignitaries came together at the NewMarket Corporate Pavilion in Richmond in late January to celebrate the start of a milestone year for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

VIMS hosts workshop for Virginia STEM educators

In January, 51 middle and high school teachers from across the Commonwealth traveled to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to learn engaging and authentic examples of scientific research in order to enhance their classroom lesson plans.

Student Sponsorship
Private gift supports VIMS, W&M students in Antarctica

VIMS graduate student Patricia Thibodeau and W&M undergraduate Jack Conroy are currently conducting field research in Antarctica thanks in part to a generous gift from Adrian G. “Casey” Duplantier Jr. and 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union of Newport News.

VIMS student, prof aid in evaluation of global seagrass status

VIMS graduate student Emily French and her advisor VIMS Professor Kenneth Moore helped the Seagrass Species Specialist Group confirm the alarming loss of seagrass during the 11th International Seagrass Biology Workshop in Sanya, China.