Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary
Data Center Description
Research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) extends from inland watersheds to the open ocean with a primary emphasis on coastal and estuarine science. VIMS research is based in five academic departments and several major research units, including the Aquatic Breeding Center (ABC), the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM), the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERRVA), and the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP). Information about the academic program in each department is available in the School of Marine Science Catalog.
Because complex environmental issues rarely parallel administrative divisions, VIMS emphasizes interdisciplinary research that brings perspectives from a variety of disciplines to the search for new knowledge and for solutions to issue-driven questions. Teams of scientists with diverse expertise work in areas such as plankton and nutrient dynamics, shoreline and wetlands processes, fisheries ecology and stock assessment, and aquaculture.