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The 2023 Chesapeake Bay dead zone is the smallest on record

VIMS’ annual report of “dead-zone” conditions in the Chesapeake Bay indicates that hypoxic, low-oxygen conditions, in 2023 were at their lowest since monitoring began in 1985

Nepal Water Initiative flourishes with multidisciplinary collaboration across W&M

True multidisciplinary collaboration is at the heart of what is now known as the Nepal Water Initiative (NWI), a research effort led by scientists and scholars from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), the Global Research Institute (GRI), the Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC), and the Religious Studies Department.

VIMS announces winners of 2023 Photo Contest

24th-annual contest recognizes the most noteworthy images captured by VIMS faculty, students, and staff while conducting research in the field and laboratory.

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VIMS announces winners of annual awards

Each year the VIMS community gathers to recognize exemplary performance by faculty, staff, and students. Learn about this year's honorees.

Encouraging news for underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay, despite “mystery” losses around Gunpowder and Middle Rivers

An annual survey led by VIMS researchers mapped 76,462 acres of underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in 2022. Their report, published today, documents a 12% increase in submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the regions mapped by the team, with lead researcher Dr. Christopher Patrick noting, “For the most part, we had a really encouraging year for SAV throughout the Bay.”