Spring 2019 Issue

A Deeper Dive

By W&M Alumni Magazine

Spring 2019 Issue

Every day at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, researchers and graduate students are advancing our understanding of marine environments, then translating those findings into practical solutions that benefit marine life and coastal communities. The Deeper Dive video series provides an insider’s look at those efforts.

Thanks to the generous financial support of Jim and Bootsie Rogers, viewers can follow scientists into their labs and out into the field, discovering the impact of their work. Topics include shoreline preservation, marine plastics pollution, and storm surge modeling, and new videos are frequently being added. Be among the first to see new videos by signing up to receive news from VIMS through e-Tidings.

Saving the Shoreline

VIMS scientists seek to better understand the impact of global change at a local and regional level so that we can help coastal communities become more resilient.

Responding to Plastics Pollution

Plastic pollution in our marine environment not only spoils the beauty of our waters, it harms marine life and may affect human health as well. Is it simply a fact of life, or is this a problem we can solve? Take a deeper dive and find out what VIMS is doing behind the scenes in Responding to Plastic Pollution.

Deploying Bots on the Bay

Learn how VIMS students and scientists are using state-of-the-art technology to better understand the impact of harmful algal blooms on marine ecosystems.

Forecasting Tidal Flooding

By using tide gauge data and advanced computer models, VIMS is providing coastal residents with accurate 36-hour predictions to help prepare for flooding.

Modeling Storm Surge

A sophisticated modeling platform developed by VIMS is providing a detailed, accurate picture of the effects of storm-related flooding in our communities. Take a deeper dive to learn how it is being used to build more resilient communities and improve the economic strength of coastal towns and counties.

Surveying the Sea Floor

While a Ph.D. student at VIMS, Kersey Sturdivant '11 developed a camera system that changed the way scientists view the seafloor. Take a deeper dive to see how his "Wormcam" is being used to evaluate environmental impact on the seafloor and its inhabitants.

Shaping Leaders Who Shape the World

Not everyone who earns a Ph.D. in marine science goes on to work in a lab or a classroom. Take a deeper dive to find out how VIMS alumnus Ike Irby is using his degree on Capitol Hill.

Studying Sharks

Study of mid-Atlantic sharks by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science stands as one of the longest-running fishery-independent studies of shark populations in the world. Take a deeper dive to find out how our research is helping shark populations recover in U.S. waters, and continues to inform stock assessments and fishery management.