Research Stories

Putting the trees onto the map

A student and professor have been collaborating on a survey of the most important trees on the verdant campus of William & Mary.

Ecologists call for preservation of remaining biological diversity

Professor Emmett Duffy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, is one of 17 prominent ecologists calling for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of biological diversity, which is compromising nature's ability to provide goods and services essential for human well-being.

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.

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.

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The Starving Time

A VIMS study of 400-year-old oyster shells from the Jamestown settlement confirms that a harsh drought plagued the early years of the colony and made the James River much saltier than today.

A double mystery

Rusty blackbirds are threatened across their range--except on the William & Mary campus.

CrimD moves into the spotlight

CrimD is a bacteriophage, possibly the only newly discovered form of life to be found at a college landmark. Its unusual properties have made it a kind of Oscar nominee in bacteriological circles.

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Off the map

GIS data-stitching opens new research horizons.

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A Bright Idea

Your first fuel cell-powered car just moved a little closer.

Hope arrives early

Hope, a whimbrel fitted with a transmitter last year, has returned to the Eastern Shore. She's the first whimbrel the Center for Conservation Biology has tracked on the migratory "full circle."

Undergraduate researchers show their stuff

Nearly 100 faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects in the sciences were presented at the 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Science Symposium.

Questions of governance

From its base in the power center of Washington, D.C., the Global Environmental Governance Project engages the tough problems surrounding international environmental institutions and laws.

In praise of post-docs

William & Mary's interdisciplinary environmental program is expanding, thanks to a new post-doctoral fellowship program.