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


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


Chiu, Grace
Associate Professor
Email: [[gschiu]]
Office: Andrews Hall 337
Department: Biological Sciences
Phone: (804) 684-7221
Research Lab: {{, Environmental Statistics and Transdisciplinary Data Science (ESTDatS)}}

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 337
Department: Biological Sciences


Hershner, Carl
Professor; Director, Center for Coastal Resources Management
Email: [[v|carl]]
Phone: (804) 684-7387
Office: Davis Hall 223
Department: Biological Sciences
Program: 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: [[lkellogg]]
Phone: 804-684-7706
Office: Andrews Hall 338
Department: Biological Sciences

Mark W. Luckenbach

Luckenbach, Mark
Associate Dean of Research and Advisory Services; Professor
Email: [[luck]]
Phone: 804-684-7108
Interests: Bivalve ecology; reef restoration; habitat evaluation.
Office: Watermen's Hall 248
Department: Office of Research and Advisory Services; Biological Sciences

Nicole Millette

Millette,  Nicole
Asst. Professor
Email: [[v|nmillette]]
Phone: TBD (Arrives 2020)
Office: Andrews Hall 339 (Arrives 2020)
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Phytoplankton Ecology, Mixotrophy, Predator-Prey Interactions, Water Quality

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Orth, Robert
Email: [[jjorth]]
Website: {{, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)}}
Phone: (804) 684-7392
Interests: Submerged aquatic vegetation biology and ecology.
Office: Andrews Hall 308

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.

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Smith, Walker
Email: [[wos]]
Phone: (804) 684-7709
Office: Maury Hall 201
Department: Biological Sciences
Interests: Phytoplankton growth/photosynthetic material in surface layer of oceans.

Song, Bongkeun
Associate Professor
Email: [[songb]]
Phone: (804) 684-7411
Office: Andrews Hall 339
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."

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