VIMS Sections: Tackling Global Challenges with a Multidisciplinary Approach

Our sections are focused on contemporary problems that VIMS is and will continue to be instrumental in solving. This flexible structure provides space for faculty, staff and students to work together in multidisciplinary teams to solve grand global challenges.

  • Natural Resources

    Providing translational science for sustainable management of coastal socio-ecological systems, especially fisheries and aquaculture.

  • Coastal & Ocean Processes

    Connecting global trends and local drivers to understand and address environmental change.

  • Ecosystem Health

    Connecting physical, chemical, biological, and socioeconomic systems to address environmental and community vulnerabilities.


VIMS Programs

How is the iconic blue crab faring this year? Are striped bass numbers up or down? What about seagrasses? VIMS programs—long-term, formalized research collaborations—answer questions of ecological, economic and recreational importance.


VIMS Research Labs

From aquaculture to zooplankton, faculty, staff and students in VIMS' lab groups tackle a wide range of issues in coastal and marine sciences.

Legacy Programs & Research Labs


Research Facilities

VIMS maintains a comprehensive suite of research and educational facilities; state-of-the-art analytical instruments and field equipment; and a fleet of both large and small research vessels.


Data Products & Tools

Researchers at VIMS offer a number of data products—including annual forecasts and real-time monitoring tools—for use by individuals, businesses, and government agencies. While most of these products focus on Chesapeake Bay and adjacent coastal and watershed areas, a number also provide value to residents of coastal areas nationwide.

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