Aquatic Health Stories

Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award

This award recognizes a faculty member who has excelled in teaching, research, or advisory service. This year's recipient is Dr. Jeff Shields.

Technical Support

The winner of the 2014 Outstanding Employee for Technical Support is Ms. Gail Scott.

Wolfgang K. Vogelbein
VIMS professor merges science and art

Wolfgang Vogelbein, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has built a life on the parallels he draws between science and art—and his life-long search for the truth that lies within each discipline.

VIMS researchers monitor harmful algal bloom

VIMS researchers continue to monitor a large bloom of Alexandrium monilatum in the lower York River and blooms of Cochlodinium and other species throughout the lower Bay.

Aerial photos reveal extent of algal blooms

High-resolution aerial photographs taken by VIMS professor Kim Reece show the broad extent of the algal blooms currently discoloring lower Chesapeake Bay.

SunTrust gift supports VIMS graduate student

Gift from the SunTrust Mid-Atlantic Foundation culminates 5 year commitment, supports study of Chesapeake Bay ecosystem by Ph.D. student Sikai Peng.

VIMS graduate student receives EPA CARE grant

Erica Holloman will work with community groups to identify and reduce risks from toxic pollution in the Southeast Community, a historically African-American and highly industrialized area of Newport News.

Public-private partnership aids oyster industry

Local oyster growers and VIMS researchers find that moving farmed oysters into saltier waters just prior to harvest nearly eliminates the presence of a bacterium that can sicken humans.


VIMS researchers are combining the immune system’s power with cutting-edge electronics to address pressing issues in marine science.

Senator Warner visits VIMS to discuss oyster restoration

Visit coincides with a growing recognition that increased disease resistance, a local surge in oyster aquaculture, and recently announced federal restoration goals promise new opportunities for restoring Bay oysters.

VIMS team wins grant to study blue crab disease

VIMS Professor Jeffrey Shields receives a 5-year, $2.4 million federal grant to study how fishing pressure and declines in water quality affect the emergence and spread of a blue crab disease in the seaside bays of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

VIMS researchers investigate fish kill

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science continue to investigate last week's fish-kill event, in which observers reported hundreds of dead and dying adult menhaden in several Peninsula waterways. The researchers have so far discovered no conclusive evidence as to the cause of this relatively small event.