VASG in the News

The work of Virginia Sea Grant, its fellows and extension partners is regularly featured in local, regional and national news outlets. For the most recent, please click one of the direct links below.

Making the Case: A feature interview with Michelle Covi, VASG extension partner and assistant professor of practice at Old Dominion University's Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department in the Distinction Magazine's The New Radicals section.

Study of drifting carcasses aims to protect living sea turtles from harm: An article in ScienceDaily about current VASG Knauss fellowship finalist Bianca Santos' work to reduce sea turtle mortality. See also this Washington Post article about her work.

The Cost of Doing Nothing: A report prepared for VASG extension partner Virginia Coastal Policy Center by nonprofit RTI International about the economic consequences of not adapting to sea level rise in the Hampton Roads region received extensive national coverage including at NPR, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Virginian-Pilot, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Salty Cape: VASG Advanced Science Communication Seminar participant, and Virginia Institute of Marine Science doctoral student William Goldsmith discusses his research project on this video produced by game fishing publication Salty Cape.

What Shore would lose if NOAA's Virginia Sea Grant program axed: USA Today examines what the impacts of the current administration's proposed budget cuts would be to the Eastern Shore.

Trump Effect on the Virginia Environment: An article in the Virginian-Pilot that tallies some of what Virginia would lose if the administration's budget cuts are successful.

Norfolk Resiliency Project Chugs Along: The Hampton Business Roads Journal reports on the Chesterfield Heights project, one in which Virginia Sea Grant played an important role to leverage a $120-M grant from the U. S. Housing and Urban Development program.

Nonnative catfish not the primary driver of American shad declines in James River: Report in the August Free Press about a Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellow's findings on Blue Catfish.

At Water's Edge: Virginia Sea Grant is mentioned in an article by former National Geographic editor Don Belt, published in the Pew Trusts Magazine. Norfolk, a city that has flooded and been rebuilt, then flooded and rebuilt again—and again.

Size Matters: When VASG 2018 Knauss finalist and Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) master's student Bethany Williams was invited by her advisor to share some of her research on an outing with a reporter from Virginia Living Magazine, she jumped at the chance. Williams was also a participant in the 2016 VASG Advanced Science Communication Seminar.

Preserving Life on a Sandbar: Video and news brief on the University of Virginia Science & Tech news site describing one student's project to combat coastal erosion, with reference to a recent half million dollars team science award that Virginia Sea Grant, University of Virginia, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science received.

Workshop Helps Cape Charles Prepare for Flooding: A report by the Eastern Shore Post on a workshop conducted by VASG extension partners, Professors Michelle Covi from Old Dominion University and Elizabeth Andrews from the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary. The workshop dealt with RAFT (Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool).

Can Billfish Stock Data Be Improved? and Crossing Borders: Nadya Mamoozadeh, a Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Fellow and doctoral ­candidate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, is investigating the stock structure of striped and white marlin as part of her graduate research. Her work is featured in these two articles, one in the Marlin Magazine, and the second in Sporting Traditions.

VCU Students Seeks to Help: With climate change threatening Virginia’s barrier islands, a Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) biology grad student aims to help through his new fellowship. This news story of Ben Nettleton's Commonwealth Coastal & Marine Policy fellowship project was published on VCU News.

Sea Grant Collaborates: An article in the Earth Island Journal references Virginia Sea Grant extension partner, William & Mary's Virginia Coastal Policy Center, collaborating with the Department of Defense to study climate-related risks to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the largest naval complex in the world.

What Makes a Wetland a Wetland?: Pamela Braff, a Ph.D. student at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, learned how, as a scientist, to share her research with the general public in ways that are engaging and resonate with them while also being both entertaining and educational. Enrolled in the Advanced Science Communication Seminar (ASCS) presented by Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the George Mason University Science Communication Department, Pamela created a white-board animation to communicate her science about wetlands.

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool: Designed by Michelle Covi, one of Virginia Sea Grant extension staff, RAFT is a 3-step process including assessment, a workshop to develop action checklist and implementation of projects on the checklist.

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