2011 Stories

Almost like magic

All actions in nature can be expressed numerically. That’s biomathematics in a very, very small nutshell. Kiah Hardcastle has her own way to describe the concept.

Next stop: oblivion

Sometimes you want to prevent extinction. In other cases, you want to hurry extinction along.

Loss of plant diversity threatens Earth’s life-support systems

An international team of researchers including professor Emmett Duffy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has published a comprehensive new analysis showing that loss of plant biodiversity disrupts the fundamental services that ecosystems provide to humanity.

Bumper crop of bald eagles

The bald eagle breeding population along the James River has set a new record, with 165 breeding pairs of the birds documented in early March.

A record year for eagles on the James

The bald eagle breeding population along the James River has set a new record, with 165 breeding pairs of the birds documented in early March.

Loss of oyster reefs a global problem, but one with solutions

A new study by an international team including professor Mark Luckenbach of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, shows that the decline of oyster reefs is not just a local problem.

New web-based map tracks marine 'dead zones' worldwide

New research by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, identifies more than 530 low-oxygen "dead zones" and an additional 228 sites worldwide exhibiting signs of marine "eutrophication."

VIMS team returns to Antarctic Peninsula

A team of researchers led by professor Deborah Steinberg of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has returned to Antarctica for their annual 6-week field season aboard the research vessel Laurence M. Gould.

Researchers brave icy waters to study Arctic food web

Professor Deborah Bronk of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is now leading a VIMS study of the Arctic coastal ecosystem, and how climate change might affect the supply of nutrients that supports the food web on which native peoples depend.