VIMS Blogs

VIMS Blogs provide first-hand accounts from faculty, staff, and students at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science as they conduct research in Chesapeake Bay and beyond. The blogs also give you the opportunity to interact by posting questions and comments. Learn about the thrill of scientific discovery and the agony of da’ muddy feet!

Our student, faculty, and staff bloggers are all volunteers and we are enormously grateful for their collective stories about VIMS research.

The statements and opinions expressed in the blog posts and subsequent comments do not represent the official position or policy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science or the College of William & Mary. In the spirit of community and conversation, comments are allowed and encouraged. However, VIMS reserves the right to remove any comments deemed inappropriate, offensive, or not on topic.

Current Blogs

Antarctica – Palmer Blogs
Come along as VIMS scientists take part in the Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research Program (PAL-LTER) at the U.S. Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. The VIMS component of the PAL-LTER program is led by Professor Deborah Steinberg.

Antarctica – Shadwick Blog
Follow along with VIMS graduate student Mar Arroyo of Dr. Elizabeth Shadwick’s lab as she visits research locations along East Antarctica.

Previous Blogs

Certified Organic Carbon Blog
Follow along with VIMS graduate student Amanda Knobloch as she conducts research in Taskinas Creek at York River State Park in Williamsburg.

EcoAmbassador Blog
Follow along with William & Mary student Rachel Wimmer as she explores sustainability at VIMS!

VIMS Sturgeon Blog
Follow along with Dr. Pat McGrath as he acoustically tags and tracks Atlantic sturgeon in the James, York, Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers.

  • PAL-LTER Video – Jack Conroy
  • February 8: Coming to a Close
  • January 21: Land!
  • February 1: Charcot Island
  • January 14-18: SR03 and King Neptune
  • ABC Director’s Blog
    Updates and insight straight from the Director of the Aquaculture Genetics & Breeding Technology Center at VIMS Dr. Stan Allen.

  • Adventures in low salinity
  • The OAT experience: Graduation 5.0
  • The case for a research hatchery
  • The REU Contribution
  • Spawning season at KAC
  • Zambia Peace Corps Blog
    Follow along with VIMS alumna Jaime Blackburn as she blogs about her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer developing fish farms in Zambia.

  • Banene
  • The real trick is…
  • Kulamba Kubwalo
  • Football!
  • Wasp Wars
  • Sturgeon Museum Blogs

    VIMS researchers Eric Hilton and Casey Dillman report on their expedition to sturgeon collaborators and collections in Russia, Romania, and France. Tag along as they describe their visits to some of the world’s oldest, largest, and most important natural history museums.

  • In the steps of giants
  • Nov 5: The Second to Last (or The Gross Dissection) leg of the trip
  • Oct 31: Connections in a small field
  • Oct 28: What’s In a Name?
  • Oct 23: Time Travel
  • Oct 19: Why Sturgeons?
  • Museum Sturgeon Blogs
  • Oct 5: Museum Sturgeon Blogs
  • A Wales of a Blog
    Students and faculty from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the College of William and Mary report from their field course in Wales, part of an ongoing marine science exchange program between VIMS and Bangor University. The 2011 field course was led by VIMS professors Mark Luckenbach and Jim Perry.

  • Cwm Idwal: A Journey through Geological Time
  • Red Wharf Bay
  • All Hail the Prince Madog
  • Foiled Again
  • 1126 Steps
  • Tide pools and Tea
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  • The Tidal Zone
  • Castles & Cockles
  • Over the [Telford] Bridge and Through the Dunes, to Newborough Beach We Go!
  • The Joys of Welsh
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