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Marsh Zombies
Study tells of pumpkin-colored zombies

Salt marsh research shows that growing abundance of tiny shrimp infected by a microscopic parasite may portend future threats to humankind through disease.

Beach Cleanup
Grad students lead cleanup effort

As beach season heats up around Chesapeake Bay, VIMS grad students use beach cleanups to help document and reduce marine litter.

A living shoreline.
VIMS shares benefits, challenges of living shorelines

Donna Marie Bilkovic and Molly Mitchell are co-editors and authors of a new book that explores the benefits and challenges of using “living shorelines” to address coastal issues.

VIMS to help protect key Native American site

A $199,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will allow VIMS researchers to help protect Werowocomoco from shoreline erosion and sea-level rise.

VIMS helps assess Virginia's offshore sand resources

VIMS researchers collaborate with state and federal partners to assess the continental-shelf sands that beachfront localities use to protect against and recover from hurricanes.

River expert warns of looming global water crisis

VIMS professor John Milliman cautions that the drought now gripping the American West is likely to continue, while California invites professors Elizabeth Canuel and Rob Latour to advise the state on how it should respond to the threat.

New faculty member explores heart of nitrogen cycle

To address one of the world’s big problems—nutrient pollution and its impacts on water quality—Dr. BK Song studies some of Earth’s smallest creatures, the bacteria and fungi that help power the global nitrogen cycle.

Chesapeake Bay marsh expert joins VIMS faculty

New VIMS faculty member Matt Kirwan gained his interest in coastal wetlands the hard way—through years of muskrat trapping in the marshes of the Eastern Shore.

New faculty member studies changing shorelines

Research by Dr. Chris Hein reveals how shorelines shift in response to natural and human-driven changes in sea level, sediment supply, and coastal storms.

Study: source of organic matter affects Bay water quality

VIMS-led research reveals that organic carbon in runoff from urbanized landscapes is more likely to persist as it is carried downstream, thus contributing to low-oxygen “dead zones” in coastal waters.

VIMS will use major EPA grant to help protect Chesapeake Bay

A 3-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allow VIMS researchers to help localities protect the headwater wetlands that keep pollutants and excess nutrients from entering Bay tributaries.

Tidewatch forecasts go public

VIMS researchers give Bay-area residents a new on-line tool for gauging the magnitude of coastal flooding and minimizing its potential impacts.

Ecologists call for preservation of planet’s remaining biodiversity

20 years after the Rio Earth Summit, a team of prominent ecologists calls for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of biological diversity, which is compromising nature’s ability to provide goods and services essential for human well-being.

VIMS research team returns to the Amazon plume

VIMS researchers join an international team to study how the Amazon River's huge freshwater plume affects the biology and chemistry of the Atlantic Ocean.

Smith team glides into polar research

Tests of a free-swimming underwater glider in the icy waters of Antarctica mark the most southerly glider deployment ever and the first successful glider dive beneath the Ross Ice Shelf.

EPA report highlights VIMS management tools

Tools developed by the Center for Coastal Resources Management include interactive maps of York River wetlands and guidance procedures for "living shorelines."

VIMS a partner in Coastal America Award

The Lynnhaven River Oyster Restoration Team is honored for innovative efforts to restore the river's oyster population.

Study reveals threat to tidal wetlands

Study shows that continuation of current shoreline-protection strategies will cause more than half of East Coast tidal wetlands to drown beneath rising seas during the coming century.

VIMS hosts oil and gas workshop

VIMS hosts a scientific workshop to determine research needs concerning potential development of Virginia's offshore oil and gas resources.

Norfolk Dredging gift helps VIMS make history

A major gift from Norfolk Dredging Company will help VIMS researchers advance their studies of seafloor history and ecology. VIMS will use the funds to purchase an automatic core logger that can uncover a wealth of environmental data from seafloor sediment cores.

VIMS researchers share Coastal America Spirit Award

VIMS researchers receive a prestigious national award for their efforts to help restore the Elizabeth River, a highly industrialized Chesapeake Bay that includes three "Superfund" sites.