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Visiting Scholar Seminar Series Each semester, Virginia Sea Grant partners with the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy and the VIMS School of Marine Science to host one or more speakers in topics relating to marine policy. The seminar series web page includes information about past speakers and a video archive of their talks.

Annual Project Participants' Symposium Each year, Virginia Sea Grant hosts a one-day symposium for researchers, staff, and partners. The agenda includes presentations and posters about research and extension projects, as well as an annual report from the director and discussions of emerging marine and coastal issues.

More Events From Virginia Sea Grant and Partners


Sarah Pease. ©VASG

VIDEO: Fellow Shares Algal Bloom Research at Symposium

Sarah Pease shared her research on harmful algal blooms at the 2015 Project Participants’ Symposium.

Stephanie Smallegan. ©VASG

VIDEO: Fellow Talks Erosion, Barrier Islands at Symposium

At the 2015 Project Participants’ Symposium, Stephanie Smallegan discussed her work studying the erosion of barrier islands during hurricanes.

VIDEO: 2015 Virginia Sea Grant Annual Report

VIDEO: 2015 Virginia Sea Grant Annual Report

On January 29, 2015, Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartley gave his annual report to the attendees of the Virginia Sea Grant 6th Annual Project Participants’ Symposium.

©Julia Robins/VASG

Tackling Big Issues in Symposium Breakout Sessions

The breakout sessions at the VASG Symposium addressed big questions, from how to improve oyster management to finding ways to plan for changing sea levels.

VASG Participants Collaborate at Annual Symposium (SLIDESHOW)

VASG Participants Collaborate at Annual Symposium (SLIDESHOW)

On January 29, 2015, students, scientists, resource managers, and extension staff gathered at Virginia Sea Grant’s 6th annual Project Participants’ Symposium in Richmond, VA.

Skip Stiles speaking at the sixth annual Virginia Sea Grant Project Participants' Symposium. ©Jen Armstrong/VASG

Better Collaboration, Stronger Projects at VASG Symposium

Speakers at the VASG Project Participants’ Symposium discussed challenges of building successful collaborations when crossing institutional boundaries.

Aquaculture Ambassadors a Big Hit at Hampton Bay Days (SLIDESHOW)

Aquaculture Ambassadors a Big Hit at Hampton Bay Days (SLIDESHOW)

The Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Ambassadors spoke about the sustainability of Chesapeake Bay seafood at the 32nd annual Hampton Bay Days.

Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartley welcomes guests to the College Status Ceremony at the historic Wren Building on W&M campus. ©Jennifer Armstrong/VASG

Virginia Sea Grant College Status Celebration (SLIDESHOW)

On December 18, the Department of Commerce awarded William & Mary and Virginia Institute of Marine Science College Status: a major milestone for VASG.

Senator Kaine, Gov. McAuliffe’s Chief Resiliency Officer Appointment Featured at W&M Adaptation Conference

Senator Kaine, Gov. McAuliffe’s Chief Resiliency Officer Appointment Featured at W&M Adaptation Conference

Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic’s December 5 conference brought together policymakers, scientists, business owners, members of nonprofits, and students to discuss progress and future efforts that Virginia’s coasts will need to adapt to long-term change in sea levels.

Live blue crab were on display at Hampton Crabtown Environmental

Virginia Tech Extension Talk Crab at Hampton Crabtown Expo (SLIDESHOW)

Virginia Sea Grant extension at Virginia Tech manned a booth at the Hampton Crabtown Environmental Expo on June 7, 2014. The Expo featured booths and talks about oysters, crabs, aquaculture, sustainability, wetlands, and more. Abigail Villalba, Virginia Sea Grant extension at Virginia Tech’s Seafood Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Hampton, was there to talk […]

Carol Hopper Brill shows teachers a coastal plant as part of the April MWEE workshop. ©Julia Robins/VASG

First Step to Getting Students Outside: Take Their Teachers into the Field

Students aren’t the only ones tired of being stuck in the classroom doing traditional school work. This April, 19 enthusiastic teachers from around Virginia attended a two-day workshop designed to show teachers how they could conduct meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) outside. The workshop was sponsored by Virginia Sea Grant and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA).

Martin Hall, Head of Dolphin-Tuna.

Collaborating with Fisheries to Reduce By Catch: 30 years of education

VIDEO: Martin Hall (Head of Tuna-Dolphin Program, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission) shares lessons learned in reducing accidental catch of dolphins, turtles, and other animals.

Blue Crab Bowl buzzer.

VA’s Marine Quiz Competition Inspires Students to Pursue Science Careers

Designed to inspire and challenge high school students, Virginia’s Blue Crab Bowl (BCB) appears to be working as planned. The annual marine science quiz competition not only gives Virginia’s students the chance to show off their knowledge of oceanography, geology, and biology, it also has been shown to influence students’ future careers. According to the […]

Science for the People: Fellows Present Research to Non-scientists

Science for the People: Fellows Present Research to Non-scientists

Virginia Sea Grant’s 2012 Graduate Research Fellows presented at the 2014 Virginia Sea Grant Project Participants’ Symposium. Unlike other talks they give about their research, we challenged them to tailor their talk for a general audience.

Photos from 2014 Blue Crab Bowl

Photos from 2014 Blue Crab Bowl

A team from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach started strong and then hung on in the finals to win the 17th annual Blue Crab Bowl, a regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB), on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Old Dominion University. This was a record seventh straight year that a […]

Good Eats: Keeping Half-Shell Oysters Safe (Aquaculture Conference Part 3)

Good Eats: Keeping Half-Shell Oysters Safe (Aquaculture Conference Part 3)

A hot topic at the 2013 Virginia Aquaculture Conference this past November was how to maintain the safe consumption of raw oysters and better understand the science that directs industry harvest regulations.

An aqua-farmer plants clam 'seed,' tiny finger-nail sized animals that will be tended to until they grow to market size.

Is Aquaculture Agriculture? (Aquaculture Conference Part 2)

In the end, there are many definitions for aquaculture or agriculture, and none of them are universal.

Virginia Aquaculture Conference (Part 1)

Virginia Aquaculture Conference (Part 1)

Virginia’s bi-annual conference for fish farmers, held in Newport News on November 15 and 16 of last year, drew more than 100 finfish and shellfish growers.

More than 140 people attended the Working Waterfronts Workshop at Virginia Institute of Marine Science and more were patched in remotely to the Eastern Shore Community College. ©Joy Staley/VASG

Search for ‘Pioneers’ of Working Waterfronts Begins at Workshop

The February 26, 2014, workshop discussed some of the challenges facing waterfront businesses today.

Storm Destruction Less Random Than You May Think

Storm Destruction Less Random Than You May Think

When a storm hits, households don’t get hit equally. In fact, says Shannon Van Zandt, low-income households usually get hit the hardest.

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