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Chelsea Carter. ©Jennifer Armstrong/VASG

Photography Intern Prepares for Fieldwork

Chelsea Carter is joining Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) as this summer’s photography intern. Her responsibilities include taking photos of VASG events and research

Two VA Graduate Researchers Secure National Fellowships to Study Fish Populations

Two VA Graduate Researchers Secure National Fellowships to Study Fish Populations

Virginia graduate students Mark Stratton and Ben Marcek are among the newest National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Population Dynamics (Pop Dy) Fellows. The Pop Dy Fellowship provides support to Ph.D. students interested in careers related to study of fish populations and quantitative methods for assessing fish populations. Here’s more about Ben and Mark’s upcoming research: […]

View of the Severn River from the property. ©VASG

VCU Professors Lay Plans to Revitalize Middle Peninsula Waterfront

On June 20, a group of professors from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) took the first step toward revitalizing a rural tidewater waterfront property far removed from the hustle and bustle of Richmond, Virginia.

Jennifer Murray-McClain sits in on University-Community Partnership meeting. ©Chelsea Carter/VASG

Fellow Investigates Ways to Partner Universities with Community

To strengthen economic development in the area, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) and Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) are investigating ways to get Virginia universities to partner with the community.

Alison Colden. ©Chelsea Carter/VASG

Three VA Grads Named as 2015 Knauss Finalists

The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program places qualified graduate students with host offices in legislative or executive branches of the US Federal Government.

Event coordinator Mary Fabrizio (back L) and international presenter Verena Trenkel (back R) discuss new fish abundance modeling approaches. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Modeling Workshop Introduces New Strategies to Regional Experts

Fourteen regional and international modeling experts gathered at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) on May 2 to practice the latest techniques in modeling. These weren’t cat-walking fashion models; they’re some of the leading experts in fisheries science.

Thomas Wysong © Julia Robins/VASG.

Aberdeen Creek Seeks Maintanence, Funding

Thomas Wysong, Virginia Sea Grant Policy Intern, is looking for a way to dredge Aberdeen Creek with a policy that doesn’t raise taxes, doesn’t divert current funds, and distributes revenue fairly.

Bird Island, FL, August 21, 2008 -- Houses on Sea Gate Circle in the North Brevard County community are locked in by the flooding from Tropical Storm Fay. State and Federal teams have started assessing the extent of damage caused by the slow storm throughout the Central Coastal and North Central regions of Florida. Barry Bahler/FEMA © VASG.

CRS Makes Reducing Individual Flood Insurance a Community Effort

Tom Wittig is investigating ways for local communities to gain credit through CRS and hopes to explain how communities can earn credit from sea level rise adaptation efforts.

DJ Haskin. ©VASG

Intern Conducts Analysis to Redesign Social Media Strategy for VASG

DJ Haskin, a former Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) office aide, is taking on new responsibilities this summer as VASG’s communications research intern.

Post-Doc Opportunity in Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

Post-Doc Opportunity in Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and Virginia Sea Grant announce a two-year, postgraduate fellowship. Apply by July 19, 2014.

Tagging Cownose Ray to Learn About Migration (SLIDESHOW)

Tagging Cownose Ray to Learn About Migration (SLIDESHOW)

Virginia Sea Grant affiliated extension at Virginia Institute of Marine Science is collaborating with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Scientist to learn more about cownose ray migration.

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).

A panel of shrimp boat captains, moderated by Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartely, present at the April 16 workshop titled “Developing Collaborative Research Capacities Among Marine Turtle Conservationists.” ©Paula Ouder/Louisiana Sea Grant

Big Challenges, Joint Solutions: Building Capacity for Collaborative Fisheries Research

“You can’t just approach a fisherman and say, ‘this is what I want to do with your gear’,” says Virginia Sea Grant Fellow Tony Nalovic. “You need to come up with ideas together.”

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.

Virginia Sea Grant Welcomes New Fiscal Officer

Virginia Sea Grant Welcomes New Fiscal Officer

Joanne Pope-Clark joined Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) as Fiscal Officer in March. Pope-Clark will be the person monitoring budgets, tracking expenditures, and reviewing invoices and proposals for VASG.

Coastal Tourism Business Development Summer Internship for Grad Students

Coastal Tourism Business Development Summer Internship for Grad Students

Deadline: May 16, 2014 Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC) are pleased to announce the availability of an 8-10 week summer internship for graduate students in business development ($5,000 stipend). A graduate student with a business and/or marketing background will support research to assess the market feasibility and growth potential of a […]

In this "after" drawing, a student from Chesapeake Bay Governor's School brings her scientist underwater to study marine life. “My scientist is studying whales to gain more knowledge about evolution. She is also comparing whale behavior patterns to humans.”

Kids Who Know Scientists Think Scientists Are ‘Fun’

Virginia Sea Grant affiliated education staff are training graduate research scientists to co-teach in K-12 classrooms, changing the way students think about scientists.

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 […]

Clinic Reviews How New FEMA Maps Will Change VA Flood Policies

Clinic Reviews How New FEMA Maps Will Change VA Flood Policies

By Julia Robins, Virginia Sea Grant Student Correspondent New floodplain maps could change the way Virginia’s localities handle flooding risk and flood insurance. Virginia Sea Grant-sponsored Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC) at The College of William and Mary Law School is helping localities get ready. The updated maps are part of the National Flood Insurance […]

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