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
More than 600 streams in Virginia serve as pathways for brook trout, which navigate these streams to get to spawning grounds.
New fishing gear offers potential solution for the Bay’s blue catfish surge
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As water quality improvements allow seagrass meadows to survive and expand, carbon offset credits from registered projects could provide a funding mechanism for additional restoration work, said Karen McGlathery, lead investigator at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research area, where the study was conducted.
Virginia Sea Grant’s digital storyteller Aileen Devlin answered questions about visual science communication and her career path. You can watch a recording of her Q&A session and read some of her answers here.
A paper published in the March issue of Frontiers in Marine Science is the first to link social and economic factors with Virginia oyster lease productivity.
With some adjustments and flexibility, 19 teams who won regional ocean science competitions were able to participate in the 23rd National Ocean Sciences Bowl. This year’s competition featured biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and policy questions related to the theme of “understanding human, economic, and environmental resiliency in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Sophie Godfrey-McKee supported the Monterey Bay and Channel Island National Marine Sanctuaries during her 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. As part of the policy and planning division, Godfrey-McKee contributed to biological evaluations and consultation letters that outlined the environmental impacts of research and day-to-day management for the seafloor.
VSAREC staff provides technical support and scientific guidance to the seafood and aquaculture industries, both in Virginia and throughout the U.S. through food safety training, support for food processors, and internship programs that train future leaders in cutting-edge aquaculture.
The coastal resilience master plan will identify Virginia’s coastal vulnerability, identify coastal resilience projects in progress, and make recommendations for future priorities.
A survey of aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses conducted by aquaculture specialists is tracking the effects of COVID-19 on U.S. aquaculture.
NOAA Digital Coast Fellow Shanna Williamson is analyzing the flooding responses planned by 20 Gulf Coast Counties to determine common types of responses and their return on investment.
The poster session was one of many “out of the box” components of the Graduate Symposium 2020, designed to strengthen the skillsets and networks of graduate students engaged in coastal and marine studies.
We are all practicing fluid, flexible thinking in response to the rapidly changing situation – that same idea that we advance in the professional development training for our fellows, that we need to learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
The Chefs’ Seafood Symposium, hosted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Marine Advisory Program, aims to connect chefs with the science behind the seafood they serve.
Troy Hartley, director of Virginia Sea Grant, has been appointed to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center statewide advisory board. Hartley is one of four new appointees to the Water Center’s advisory board in 2020.
Acidic water can affect the protective shells blue crabs grow as they mature to adulthood, but how will acidic conditions affect a crab’s earliest life stages?
Panelists emphasized that this collaboration, along with an understanding of resilience and sustainability, requires an open dialogue between different groups—and can be as simple as starting conversations with colleagues or family members.
During her 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, Ali Burgos brought this project to life for congressional staffers and other government officials during a site visit to Swan Island.
Elevating homes can keep flood water out, but what about houses that could rise above the flooding—and still return to ground level once the water subsides? One technique called amphibiation allows houses to do just that.
Sometimes on late summer nights, the waves glow bright blue along the beaches of the York River. But the algal blooms responsible for this spectacle can also cause trouble for oyster aquaculture.
After six years of boots-on-the-ground resilience efforts, Climate Adaptation & Resilience Assistant Professor of Practice Michelle Covi is leaving big shoes to fill at Old Dominion University. Covi relocated to Georgia to live and work on her family’s farm at the end of last year.
When discussing coastal resilience, one component of the community is often not present at the table: the private sector. The 2019 Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) Conference focused on “The Ps of Resilience: Planning, Partnerships, and Paying for It All.”