2021 Commonwealth Fellow to work at Department of Wildlife Resources

2021 Commonwealth Fellow to work at Department of Wildlife Resources

Clay Ferguson, a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been selected as a 2021 Commonwealth Fellow.

Fellow monitors water quality for brook trout swimming upstream

Fellow monitors water quality for brook trout swimming upstream

More than 600 streams in Virginia serve as pathways for brook trout, which navigate these streams to get to spawning grounds.

Herding ‘cats’

Herding ‘cats’

New fishing gear offers potential solution for the Bay’s blue catfish surge

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virginia sea grant invests in People like you

Making a difference means making an investment—supporting coastal communities and businesses, discovering new solutions to coastal and marine problems, helping communities deploy those solutions, preparing tomorrow’s workforce, and positioning Virginia to be a national leader in coastal and marine resource issues, management, and economies. 

Virginia Sea Grant provides opportunities for Virginia that directly impact our stakeholders, constituents, and champions. This means:

  • BETTER aquaculture research and technical assistance
  • BETTER workforce development in STEM and policy fields related to coastal and marine science
  • BETTER development of resilience and adaptation strategies for Virginia communities

What We Do

Funding & Fellowships

We support graduate research and offer post-graduate fellowships in science policy and resource management. We also support extension agents and national funding competitions.

Coastal Adaptation

Planning for storms, sharing the newest flood solutions, improving living shoreline designs, evacuation communication — our fellows and extension partners help coastal communities thrive.

Professional Development

Want to communicate your science? Learn how science is translated into policy? Expand your professional network? We offer a variety of opportunities for our fellows and alumni.

Supporting Seafood

Virginia is the third-largest producer of seafood in the U.S. Virginia Sea Grant supports the seafood industry through fisheries research, product development, aquaculture, and food safety.

GOOD FOR VIRGINIA AND GOOD FOR BUSINESS

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JOBS CREATED OR RETAINED
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BUSINESSES CREATED OR RETAINED

(Figures above reflect data collected between 2014-2020)

TOGETHER FOR VIRGINIA

A Six-university partnership

Imagine combining the resources of Virginia’s top institutions and using them to find innovative solutions to marine and coastal challenges faced by the Commonwealth. Together we work to improve coastal ecosystems, coastal communities, and working waterfronts by financially supporting researchers, graduate fellows, extension members, and interns. Alongside these universities and a variety of other partners, we act as an “honest broker” to spread useful, unbiased, and science-based knowledge to a wide variety of audiences and constituents.

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