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Environmental Factors on Fish, White Shrimp Stock Assessment

There’s still a lot to learn about all the factors that influence the abundance and distribution of fish stocks. Mark Stratton of Virginia Institute of Marine Science will use quantitative modeling to investigate the effects of human, food web, and environmental factors on dozens of near shore fish populations in the US South Atlantic. He […]

Looking at How Changing Habitat Effects Spot, Atlantic Croaker

Looking at How Changing Habitat Effects Spot, Atlantic Croaker

  Some researchers suspect that seasonal oxygen deficiencies and rising water temperatures are causing fish in the Chesapeake Bay to move to suboptimal habitats. These habitats may be contributing to increased mortality rates and decreased population growth in fish species. Ben Marcek of Virginia Institute of Marine Science will use data on water temperature, oxygen […]

Assateague Island, VA

How Do Barrier Islands Respond to Hurricanes?

  The creation of a channel on a barrier island and the landward transport of sediment during storms have the potential to devastate coastal environments. Using a numerical model, Stephanie Smallegan of Virginia Tech will investigate the processes that govern these occurrences on Assateague Island, VA. Findings may improve predictive tools for storm damage, helping […]

If Invasive Seagrass Takes Over, Will Blue Crab Know the Difference?

If Invasive Seagrass Takes Over, Will Blue Crab Know the Difference?

Defining the effects of habitat availability on population dynamics may be a critical part of creating sustainable fishing policies. Megan Wood of Virginia Institute of Marine Science will develop a model to better understand blue crab distribution patterns and will study the effects of Gracilaria vemiculophylla, an exotic red alga, in blue crab nursery habitats. […]

There Will Be an App for That: Tracking Jellyfish in Chesapeake Bay Beaches

There Will Be an App for That: Tracking Jellyfish in Chesapeake Bay Beaches

Spring and summer blooms of comb jellies and sea nettles—two types of gelatinous zooplankton—are among the most dramatic of all seasonal changes in the Chesapeake Bay. Joshua Stone of Virginia Institute of Marine Science will use historical data to identify long-term trends in comb jelly and sea nettle abundance over the last 20 years. He […]

A. monilatum under a microscope. ©Bill Jones/VIMS

Is It Toxic? Investigating Whether a Particular Algae Might Harm Oysters

Blooms of Alexandrium monilatum have increased in both density and distribution since its first observation in 2007. Now researchers want to know, is it harmful to oyster or human health?

Cages that hold oysters peek above the water at low tide. ©Katherine Greves/VASG

Effects of Oyster Farming on Nitrogen in Chesapeake Bay

When saturated with excess nutrients, a body of water of water may suffer from reduced levels of oxygen and an unbalanced ecosystem. Could the solution to this problem be just below the water’s surface? Abby Lunstrum of University of Virginia will investigate whether oyster farming has the potential to reduce the harmful effects of nutrient […]

Restoring the Lynnhaven River—and Making It Last

Restoring the Lynnhaven River—and Making It Last

Over the next 50 years the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Lynnhaven River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Plan (LRBERP) aims to construct or restore a combined 163 acres of habitat. Currently, however, the LRBERP does not account for rising global temperatures or sea level rise. Emily Egginton Skeehan of Virginia Institute of Marine Science plans […]

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.

Aquaculture Research Funding Announcement UPDATED

Aquaculture Research Funding Announcement UPDATED

The Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) for the “NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2014″ has been published on grants.gov. NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3,000,000 available for a national competition to fund new FY2014 marine aquaculture research projects.  This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and […]

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VIDEO: Coastal and Marine Fellowships from Virginia Sea Grant

Virginia Sea Grant offers many different types of funding for graduate students and post-grads researching issues relevant to coastal Virginia.

Funding Announcement : Waterfront Property Reuse Plan

Funding Announcement : Waterfront Property Reuse Plan

Virginia Sea Grant and Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission are seeking innovative reuse ideas for a suite of waterfront properties through a student-faculty research team project.

Fellowship Grants Get Science Out of the Lab (Part 2)

Fellowship Grants Get Science Out of the Lab (Part 2)

Virginia Sea Grant Fellows Mark Stratton and Ryan Schloesser are conducting research about fish populations. With the support of his Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship, he’ll be able to share that knowledge with fisheries managers who need it.

Fellowship Grants Get Science Out of the Lab (Part 1)

Fellowship Grants Get Science Out of the Lab (Part 1)

Billur Celebi is studying how changing CO2 concentrations and temperatures will affect eelgrass in Virginia’s coastal waters. For the outreach portion of her project, she teamed up with Chris Witherspoon and Jovonne Vrechek of the Virginia Aquarium to develop educational programming about seagrass and ecosystem health for Aquarium guests and student programs.

A Community Supported Fishery (CSF) for Williamsburg?

A Community Supported Fishery (CSF) for Williamsburg?

With its proximity of the Chesapeake Bay, Williamsburg is an obvious location for a community supported fishery to thrive. To further investigate the potential for a CSF in Williamsburg, an interdisciplinary student and faculty team conducted a feasibility study. This study can be separated into three major sections: market research, organizational design, and supplier research.

Seagrass Research: Notes From The Field

Seagrass Research: Notes From The Field

VASG-funded seagrass researchers on the Eastern Shore are studying the effects of climate change on submerged aquatic vegetation.

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 3): Picking Parents for the Best Traits

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 3): Picking Parents for the Best Traits

Virginia Sea Grant funded researchers develop a strategy for breeding oysters with improved disease resistance and other profitable characteristics for Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry.

Stan Allen takes a microscopic view on oysters. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 2): Back from the Brink

Bringing oysters and industry back after almost a century of disease decimated wild populations was part science, part serendipity.

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 1): Sea Grant Research Supports Industry Growth

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 1): Sea Grant Research Supports Industry Growth

VASG-funded researchers want to improve the bottom line for Virginia’s oyster growers by selectively breeding oysters with more profitable traits.

Clam beds on Virginia's Eastern Shore. ©Kathryn Greves/VASG

Mapping Opportunities for Aquaculture Expansion

As aquaculture efforts expand in Virginia and Maryland, the potential for use conflicts between aquaculture and other uses of the Bay is also growing. The goal of this project is to update a model that maps preferred areas for aquaculture development. In addition, a map viewer will be developed to allows managers to monitor and […]

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