Weng Lab

  • Weng Lab 1
    Weng Lab  Cobia swim in a large pool, part of an experiment to determine the impact of climate change on this important coastal predator.  
  • Weng Lab 2
    Weng Lab  Dan Crear and Olivia Phillips prepare shark fishing gear.  
  • Weng Lab 3
    Weng Lab  Cobia swim in a tank aboard a boat while being transported back to VIMS.  
  • Weng Lab 4
    Weng Lab  A large respirometer for measuring metabolic rate in sandbar sharks, located at the VIMS Eastern Shore Lab.  
  • Weng Lab 5
    Weng Lab  Dan Crear and assistants collecting cobia on the Chesapeake Bay.  
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Lab Director: Kevin Weng
Lab Goals

We are interested in how the world’s oceans will respond to major perturbations of the anthropocene – enormous removals of fish biomass, coupled with warming, stratification, deoxygenation and acidification – and how we should be managing ocean resources. Our work is structured around a series of broad questions. Where do animals live, and how will they redistribute in the future? What are their habitats, and where are these habitats headed? At what scales should we manage them? How can they help us answer these questions?  

  • Cobia Fishermen! - We have started putting electronic tracking tags in cobia in Chesapeake Bay. If you retain a tagged fish, please find our tags in the gut and send them in. More info here.
  • We are collaborating with the William & Mary MakerSpace (led by Prof. Wouter Deconinck). See our students' work here!