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Join us online on Saturday, May 30, for Marine Science Day 2020!

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) invites you to join us online on Saturday, May 30, for Marine Science Day 2020! This family-friendly, virtual event will provide participants of all ages with the opportunity to interact with some of the leading scientists in the field of marine science as well as explore the areas of research conducted at VIMS. As one of the largest marine research and education centers in the United States, and a global leader in coastal and estuarine science, VIMS is focused on studying the challenges faced by coastal communities around the world. Our scientists research harmful algal blooms, underwater grasses, sea level rise, pollution, sharks, oysters, shellfish aquaculture, and everything in between. Marine Science Day will feature videos and resources to explore at your leisure as well as live-streamed talks and Q&A sessions with our scientists. We hope you join us for what will be a fun, educational, and engaging day of exploration.

For more information, including a schedule of the day’s live events and information on how you can participate in the Marine Life Costume Contest, visit www.vims.edu.

Marine Science Day Schedule of Events

* There are several Careers in Marine Science Q&A sessions throughout the day, during these sessions you will be able to chat with VIMS faculty, staff, and students and ask them about their current jobs, their career paths, and what advice they have for aspiring marine scientists.

10:00-10:30 AM - Seagrass Restoration
Watch the video "Restoring Our Underwater Prairies", where you will learn about the most successful seagrass restoration program in the world, then join a live Q&A session with Dr. Chris Patrick, Assistant Professor of Marine Science

10:30-10:55 AM - Using Technology to Study Harmful Algal Blooms
Watch a video and Fast Talk, then join a live Q&A session with Dr. Juliette Smith, Assistant Professor of Marine Science

11:00-11:35 AM - Oyster Hatchery Tour
Enjoy a video tour of our hatchery facility, then join a Q&A session with Dr. Jessica Small, Associate Director of our Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center

11:00-11:20 AM - Careers in Marine Science Q&A Session with Tara Rudo, Marine Education Specialist with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

11:25-11:40 AM - Careers in Marine Science Q&A Session with Aileen Devlin, Digital Storyteller with Virginia Sea Grant

11:40 AM-12:00 PM - Effects of Climate Change on Oysters
Watch a Fast Talk then join a Q&A session with Dr. Emily Rivest, Assistant Professor of Marine Science

11:45 AM-12:00 PM - Careers in Marine Science Q&A Session with Rebbeca Tuner Smith and Darian Kelley, Research and Laboratory Specialists at our Eastern Shore Laboratory

12:05-12:30 PM - Shellfish Diseases
Watch a Fast Talk then join a Q&A session with Dr. Ryan Carnegie, Research Professor

12:05-12:20 PM - Careers in Marine Science Q&A Session with Jameson Gregg, Marine Scientist, works on many of VIMS' fish surveys, including our shark research program

12:25-12:40 PM - Careers in Marine Science Q&A Session with Dr. Chris Hein and Emily Hein, both marine geologists, Dr. Chris Hein is a faculty member in our department of Physical Sciences and Emily Hein works in our office of Research and Advisory Services

12:30-1:00 PM - Tour of the Nunnally Ichthyology Collection
Enjoy a video tour of our world-class collection of preserved fishes, then join a Q&A session with Curator Dr. Eric Hilton and Collection Manager Dr. Sarah Huber

12:45-1:00 PM - Careers in Marine Science Q&A Session with Dr. Bongkeun Song, Associate Professor in our department of Biological Sciences

1:05-1:30 PM - Living Shorelines
Watch a Fast Talk on living shorelines, then join a Q&A session with marine scientist Karen Duhring

1:05-1:20 PM - Careers in Marine Science Q&A Session with Shantelle Landry, graduate student

1:25-1:40 PM - Careers in Marine Science Q&A Session with Kayla Martinez-Soto, graduate student

1:35-2:00 PM - Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding
Watch a Fast Talk on the causes of sea level rise and its impacts on coastal communities, then join a Q&A session with Dr. Molly Mitchell, Marine Scientist with the Center for Coastal Resources Management at VIMS

1:45-2:00 PM - Q&A Session: The School of Marine Science at VIMS, with John Griffin, Assistant Director for Admissions & Student Affairs, and Kristen Sharpe, President of the Graduate Student Association

2:15-2:45 PM - Art and Costume Contest Awards Ceremony

Marine Life Costume Contest
Show us your creativity by using materials you have at home to dress yourself, your family, or your pet like a marine plant or animal! Then take a photo and register for Marine Science Day. You will receive an email on May 28 with a link to the MSD virtual platform and instructions on how to upload your photo for the contest. Photos must be uploaded before 1:00 pm on May 30. A live-streamed awards ceremony for the contest will take place at 2:15 pm that day via the virtual platform.

This contest is open to all ages, and individual, family, and pet costumes are welcome!

Awards will be given for

  • Most Original Plant or Animal
  • Most Creative Use of Materials
  • Best Family Costume
  • Best Representation of a Plant or Animal
  • Best Pet Costume
  • Grand Prize

Prizes will be mailed to winners after May 30th.

By submitting photos for the Marine Life Costume Contest, you agree to allow use of those photos, without compensation, as determined by VIMS/William & Mary. Uses include, but are not limited to, VIMS’ website, flyers, local newspapers, promotional videos, and social-media channels (such as Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr).

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