2014 After Hours Lectures

Understanding the Evolutionary Arms Race

(October 9, 2014) VIMS professor Andrew Wargo explores the fascinating ecology of parasites, viruses, and other pathogens. View archived video online.

Tagging Cats

(September 25, 2014) VIMS professor Mary Fabrizio describes her efforts to tag blue catfish, an introduced species that may be impacting other marine life in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. View archived video online.

A Long History of Coming to the Point

(August 28, 2014) Archeologist Lyle Torp highlights some of the remarkable features and artifacts—collected during construction projects on the VIMS campus—that illustrate different chapters in the Point’s long history, from Native American pottery to military and food items from the Revolutionary and Civil wars. View archived video online.

Barrier Islands past, present, and future

(July  31, 2014) VIMS professor Chris Hein explores how geologic studies of ancient barrier islands can help society better understand and respond to the changes affecting the Outer Banks and Virginia's Eastern Shore as sea level continues to rise. View archived video online.


(June 26, 2014) VIMS professor Donglai Gong highlights his work with the most modern of oceanographic research tools—unmanned gliders. Gong explores the technology behind these cutting-edge vehicles and uses results from recent missions to the mid-Atlantic and Arctic to reveal how gliders offer an unprecedented view of ocean biology, chemistry, and physics. View archived video online.

My Virginia Rivers

(April 24, 2014) Will Daniel celebrates the release of his latest book, My Virginia Rivers, whose striking photographs highlight four years of travel to capture the beauty and fragility of waterways throughout the Commonwealth. A part-time instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniel has had a lifelong fascination with rivers and photography. View archived video online.

Chasing Ice

(March  27, 2014) "Chasing Ice" is the story of noted National Geographic photographer James Balog and his mission to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers by deploying time-lapse cameras across the Arctic. Attendees screened this award-winning, 72-minute film, then discused its significance and artistry with VIMS polar researchers Walker Smith and Deb Steinberg as well as W&M Film Studies professor Tim Barnard. Copyright prevents us from sharing this movie via our regular After Hours webinar.

Can a fleet of ELFs help the Bay?

(February 27, 2014) More than 20 percent of the nutrient pollution entering Chesapeake Bay comes through the air, including emissions from automobiles. Mr. Rob Cotter, founder of Organic Transit, describes his entrepreneurial efforts to create a zero-emissions, solar-powered bicycle as a new model for environmentally friendly urban transportation. View archived video online.

Dolphin Die-Off

(February 6, 2014) [Postponed from January 30] Ms. Margaret Lynott, who manages the Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response Program, examines the unusual mortality event, now attributed to a morbillivirus, that has so far killed more than 1000 dolphins along our coast. Lynott describes the deaths, the effort to find out why these mammals are dying, and what scientists have learned. View archived video online.