DNA analysis revealed evidence there could be an undocumented cownose ray species in the Gulf of Mexico that genetically resembles the Brazilian cownose ray.
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A research tool more often linked to forensic science is helping to crack the case of a marine mystery: how many populations of cownose rays are out there?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and Virginia Sea Grant announce a two-year, postgraduate fellowship. Apply by July 19, 2014.
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 […]
Virginia Sea Grant offers many different types of funding for graduate students and post-grads researching issues relevant to coastal Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VASG-funded seagrass researchers on the Eastern Shore are studying the effects of climate change on submerged aquatic vegetation.
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.
Bringing oysters and industry back after almost a century of disease decimated wild populations was part science, part serendipity.