April 15, 2021

VASG fellow keeps flood forecasting afloat with research

The National Weather Service monitors the water levels around the Chesapeake Bay every day. Based on computer models’ projections for the next three days, forecasters issue flood alerts when water levels are expected to exceed certain levels.
March 29, 2021

Gray Montrose joins VCPC as assistant director

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center at W&M Law School welcomes a new assistant director, Gray Montrose.
March 24, 2021

The importance of (sometimes shameless) self-promotion

In the times of instantaneous information via social media, waiting around to read our folders or for our paper to get published is no longer the only way to get our science out there.
March 16, 2021

VASG fellows lead oyster harvest activity
for Hampton University STEM series

Usually, when researchers lead a school activity about oysters, they’d bring students to the lab to dissect an oyster or demonstrate how oysters can filter water. But since in-person gatherings weren’t possible, graduate students Kaitlyn Clark and Annie Schatz got creative while teaching a Hampton University TRiO Educational Talent Search lesson.
February 25, 2021

Knauss fellow delves into water-powered science policy

As a Knauss fellow in the Water Power Technologies Office, Charles Scaife helped support the Waves to Water Prize, a competition for new, wave-powered technologies that turn saltwater into drinking water.
February 19, 2021

Virginia Coastal Policy Center webinar series
addresses climate liability, financing resilience

A panel of speakers addressed the question of climate liability — for the private sector, local government, and state government — during the Virginia Coastal Policy Center’s fall webinar series last year.
February 9, 2021

Riding the waves of scientific research amid a pandemic

The challenges that crashed on our shores with the pandemic taught me a great deal about adaptation, letting go of what is out of my control, and trusting the scientific research process.
January 28, 2021

Knauss fellow finds the ‘common threads’ in restoration projects

As a Knauss Fellow and habitat science and policy analyst for NOAA’s Restoration Center, Zuzanna Abdala helped the host office find ways to showcase their technical assistance for restoration work.
January 8, 2021

GO Virginia approves $2.9 million collaborative
Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy Initiative

A $2.9 million grant was recently awarded to the Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy initiative that will foster innovation and growth in Virginia’s water economy.
January 6, 2021

Marine science in the cloud:
Knauss fellow assists with data policy

As a Knauss Fellow working with the NOAA’s chief data officer, Chase Long worked on the data management strategy for the agency. During his fellowship, Long learned about recent federal policies driving NOAA’s efforts to make their data FAIR—findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable—like the Big Data Project.
December 14, 2020

Governor appoints Sea Grant director, university partners
to Virginia resilience advisory committee

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.
November 25, 2020

A little blue marble in Washington, D.C.

“Hi!” I exclaimed, “I’m Amanda Laverty. I’m a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow working with the NOAA Marine Debris Program. I admire you so much for everything you’ve contributed to science and to the world. Thank you for all that you do.”
November 11, 2020

Seven steps to safe seafood:
HACCP training serves as safety net for Virginia Consumers

Each HACCP class covers seven steps: identify food hazards, determine what steps can control these hazards, the critical limits needed to eliminate the hazards, and establishing monitoring procedures, corrective actions, verification procedures, and record-keeping.
October 23, 2020

Science and stewardship: VATIDES program
makes science meaningful for K-12 students

The Virginia Teachers Innovating and Designing Experiential Science (VATIDES) program shows teachers-in-training how to lead environmental science investigations.
September 24, 2020

Model helps oyster management move
from conflict to consensus, study shows

The researchers tracked how each of the 16 OysterFutures participants rated the model for three different factors: its reliability, its legitimacy, and its usefulness as a tool.
September 17, 2020

New marine education specialist
joins VIMS Marine Advisory Program

We would like to welcome Stacy Keating to Virginia Sea Grant (VASG). As the business manager, Keating will monitor and assist with VASG’s fiscal budget, grant awards, and sub-awards.
September 11, 2020

Telling the ‘story’ of fish:
Virginia Gamefish Tagging Program marks 25th year

This year, 11 new anglers joined the program of roughly 200 volunteer taggers who keep track of popular recreational species in Virginia’s waters.
August 17, 2020

Sheltering in a pandemic:
Emergency managers consider COVID impacts on hurricane evacuation

A working group of local, state, and national leaders convened to prepare for hurricane season during a pandemic in May and June. During the series of six meetings, the CONVERGE workgroup discussed vulnerability, containing the spread of coronavirus, logistics of shelter operations, communicating risk, and the psychological toll caused by multiple hazards.
August 7, 2020

Survey shows flooding risks and realities
in three Hampton neighborhoods

To document the flooding experiences of local residents, a research team surveyed three historic neighborhoods in Hampton, Virginia, that are vulnerable to flooding.The survey asked residents about their experiences with flooding and adaptive measures they have taken to increase their resilience. Homeowners also rated their ability to cope with flooding, and what flood impacts would cause them to consider relocation.
July 6, 2020

Carol Hopper-Brill says ‘aloha’
after 15 years as a VIMS marine educator

Carol Hopper-Brill retired at the end of June after spending 15 years on the Marine Advisory Program’s education team at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). She has designed countless hands-on activities to bring marine science to life for educators, students, and the public.