Biological Sciences Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at VIMS are active in a wide range of research areas aimed at understanding the structure, function, and evolution of marine and estuarine ecosystems, focusing on both benthic and planktonic components. Faculty and students enjoy close collaboration with scientists in other academic departments at VIMS.

Anderson, Iris
Email: [[v|iris]]
Phone: (804) 684-7811
Interests: Nitrogen and carbon cycling
Office: Andrews Hall 329
Department: Biological Sciences

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Bilkovic, Donna
Research Associate Professor
Email: [[donnab]]
Phone: (804) 684-7331
Office: Davis Hall 213
Department: Biological Sciences
Center: Center for Coastal Resources Management


Brush, Mark
Associate Professor
Email: [[brush]]
Phone: (804) 684-7402
Interests: Coastal systems ecology; Ecosystem modeling
Office: Andrews Hall 334F
Department: Biological Sciences

Marjy Friedrichs

Friedrichs, Marjorie A.M.
Research Professor
Email: [[marjy]]
Phone: (804) 684-7695
Interests: Using mathematical models to study effects of climate change and other human impacts on coastal & estuarine systems.
Office: Andrews Hall 330
Department: Dual affiliation: Biological & Physical Sciences


Havens, Kirk
Research Associate Professor; Director, CCRM
Email: [[kirk]]
Phone: (804) 684-7386
Office: Davis Hall 222
Department: Biological Sciences
Center: Center for Coastal Resources Management

Johnson, David
Assistant Professor
Email: [[dsjohnson]]
Phone: (804) 684-7513 (email is best)
Office: Andrews Hall 336
Department: Biological Sciences
Lab Website: {{}}

Kellogg, Lisa
Senior Research Scientist
Email: [[v|lkellogg]]
Phone: 804-684-7706
Office: Andrews Hall 338
Department: Biological Sciences

Dr. Mark Luckenbach

Luckenbach, Mark
Associate Dean of Research and Advisory Services; Professor
Email: [[v|luck]]
Phone: 804-684-7108
Office: Watermen's Hall 248
Unit: Office of Research and Advisory Services
Interests: Benthic ecology, reef restoration, shellfish aquaculture-ecological interactions

Mackin-McLaughlin, Julia
Marine Scientist
Email: [[v|jamackinmclaughlin]]
Phone: (804) 684-7740
Office: Andrews Hall 334C
Department: Biological Sciences

Nicole Millette

Millette,  Nicole
Assistant Professor
Email: [[v|nmillette]]
Phone: (804) 684-7985
Office: Andrews Hall 339
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Phytoplankton Ecology, Mixotrophy, Predator-Prey Interactions, Water Quality


Mitchell, Molly
Research Assistant Professor
Email: [[molly]]
Phone: (804) 684-7931
Office: Davis Hall 214
Department: Biological Sciences
Center: Center for Coastal Resources Management

Chris Patrick

Patrick, Chris
Assistant Professor; Director, VIMS SAV Monitoring and Restoration Program
Email: [[v|cpatrick]]
Phone: (804) 684-7399
Office: Andrews Hall 310
Department: Biological Sciences
Lab website: {{,Coastal & Estuarine Ecology Lab (CEEL)}}

Rivest, Emily
Assistant Professor
Email: [[ebrivest]]
Phone: (804) 684-7942
Office: Andrews Hall 340
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Ecological physiology, global change biology, marine invertebrate biology


Schaffner, Linda C.
Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Studies
Email: [[linda]]
Phone (Associate Dean): (804) 684-7105
Phone (Research Office): (804) 684-7366
Office: Watermen's Hall 246 (Associate Dean), Andrews Hall 114 (Research)
Affiliation: Office of Academic Studies and Biological Sciences

Rochelle Seitz

Seitz, Rochelle
Research Professor
Email: [[seitz]]
Phone: (804) 684-7698
Office: Andrews Hall 331
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Predator/prey dynamics; nursery habitat and food availability for blue crabs.

Song, Bongkeun
Clark & Elizabeth Diamond Professor
Email: [[v|songb]]
Phone: (804) 684-7411
Office: Andrews Hall 328
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Microbiome ecology and biogeochemistry

Steinberg, Deborah
CSX Professor; Department Chair
Email: [[debbies]]
Phone: (804) 684-7838
Office: Andrews Hall 328
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Zooplankton ecology; coastal and deep sea food webs/marine "snow."

Pierre St. Laurent

St-Laurent, Pierre
Associate Research Scientist
Email: [[pst-laurent]]
Phone: (804) 684-7945
Office: Andrews Hall 210
Department: Biological Sciences
ORCID: {{,0000-0002-1700-9509}}