Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science sends our scientists on the road! Faculty, staff, and students at VIMS are available to speak to your community organization, school, club, business, or other venue. The topics offered are as diverse as VIMS' research (see list below). Presentations about VIMS in general are also available for those wishing to learn more about VIMS’ mission and the important work we conduct.

To request a speaker, please fill out our online request form. Once we receive your form, we will contact you to schedule your presentation.

For additional information, call 804-684-7061 or email programs@vims.edu.

Please note:

  • Not every speaker/topic is available for all audience types. Some speakers/topics are only available for adults and/or middle school students and older. The audience that each speaker/topic is available for is listed in the descriptions below.
  • We typically require a minimum of 30 attendees for a speaking engagement. Please provide a realistic estimate of the number of people you expect to attend the presentation on the request form.
  • Our speakers are able to travel up to 1 hour from the VIMS campus in Gloucester Point for a speaking engagement. If your location is more than an hour’s drive from our campus, we may not be able to accommodate your request.
  • A typical presentation is 30 minutes to one hour in length. 
  • Most presentations will require the requesting organization to provide a projector and screen, computer (with ability to play video and sound and connect to the internet), and a microphone/sound system for the presenter.
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 
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
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
Jess Small Adults, K-5th Graders

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

VIMS' role in the VA oyster industry

Richard Snyder Adults, Middle/High Schoolers (Eastern Shore) Persistent organic pollutants, oil spill, Bay scallop restoration, The Role of Science in Society