Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science provides opportunities to invite VIMS faculty and staff for talks or other outreach activities at your community organization, school, club, business, or other venue. The topics available are as varied as VIMS' research (see list below). General VIMS presentations are also available for those wishing to learn more about VIMS’ research programs, advisory service, and outreach education.

To request a VIMS speaker, please fill out our online form.

Current Speakers & Topics

(list current as of February 25, 2019)

Name Audiences Topics
Stan Allen Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Oysters; aquaculture
Sally Brooks Adults VIMS overview and/or Outreach Programs
Ryan Carnegie Adults, Middle/High Schoolers Oysters; marine diseases and parasites; ecology; biology
Jennifer Dreyer Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Antarctica; hydrothermal vents; naming new species/taxonomy; Deep Sea Biology; invertebrates
Karen Duhring Adults Coastal management; living shorelines; native plants; environmentally friendly landscaping (BayScapes); tidal wetlands
Mary Fabrizio Adults Invasive blue catfish; Fishes of Chesapeake Bay (trawl survey information); hypoxia effects on fishes
Debra Gauthier Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Multispecies fisheries research; fish ageing; fish diets; predator prey interactions; NEAMAP; ChesMMAP
Courtney Harris Adults, K-5th Graders Numerical models for oceanography; coastal physical processes; physical and geological "geography"of Chesapeake Bay
Kirk Havens Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Chesapeake Bay; marine debris ("ghost" crab pots); wetlands; using thermal imaging to monitor animals in the wild; adaptive management of natural resources; environmental indicators
Carol Hopper Brill Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders

STEM Careers in Marine Science

What Can You Learn from Sand?

The Shelton Short Scholars PERFECT Collection: STEM lessons & Activities from VIMS Graduate Students

David Johnson Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Salt marshes; salt marsh ecology; invertebrate ecology
Lisa Kellogg Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders VIMS: Science for the Bay, Impact for the World (and Your Plate); oyster reefs; oyster reef restoration
David Malmquist Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders VIMS overview
Jeff Shields Adults Disease ecology; crabs and other crustaceans
Jess Small Adults, K-5th Graders

Oysters: biology, reproduction, process from hatchery to plate;

VIMS' role in the VA oyster industry

Walker Smith Adults, K-5th Graders Antarctic oceanography
Richard Snyder Adults, Middle/High Schoolers (Eastern Shore) Persistent organic pollutants, oil spill, Bay scallop restoration, The Role of Science in Society
Patricia Thibodeau Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Antarctica; climate change; zooplankton ecology; ocean acidification; pteropods (open ocean snails)
Zoemma Warshafsky Adults, Middle/High Schoolers, K-5th Graders Why we should consider diseases/parasites in fisheries management; the importance of eel fishery