Molluscan Ecology graduate students are enrolled in the College of William and Mary's School of Marine Science graduate program and are part of the VIMS Department of Fisheries Science. Both Master's and Ph.D students complete research projects that lead to Master of Science theses or Doctoral dissertations. These students are an integral part of the Molluscan Ecology program.
Research experience is available to graduate, undergraduate and high school students working in the Molluscan Ecology Lab. Read about current student research projects.
Molluscan Ecology Community Outreach
Students at Bethel Elementary School in Gloucester get a lesson on bivalve biology along with their commercial and ecological importance from Missy Southworth, VIMS Molluscan Ecology, April 2019. The Molluscan Ecology Lab has several ongoing aging projects for oysters, clams and scallops.
Students were able to see the process of how clams are aged using microscopic internal growth rings laid down within the shell structure and got to try their hand at aging scallop shells using external growth lines.
Molluscan Ecology Graduate Courses
Larval Ecology (MS658) - examines the Ecology of marine larval forms: spawning and development patterns; physical limitations on the fertilization process, feeding, nutrition and mobility; size and parental investment, dispersal and metamorphosis, post metamorphic survival. (3 credits)
VIMS Molluscan Ecology Graduate Courses
Malacology (MS668) - examines the evolution of the molluscs from the Cambrian to the present, radiation to the current 80,000 or so species, and the functional morphology and ecology of each of the major taxonomic groups. The section on cephalopods is taught by Dr. Michael Vecchione of the USNM, Smithsonian. The course concludes with a field trip to the research collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. (3 credits)