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W&M receives state award for environmental excellence

William & Mary has received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for its waste reduction work, according to an announcement made March 29 at the 32nd Annual Environment Virginia Symposium at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

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Annual sea-level report cards add nuance to latest IPCC assessment

William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science has issued its annual sea-level “report cards,” which provide U.S. coastal communities from Maine to Alaska with a localized projection of sea-level change to 2050.

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Antarctic research links warming to fish decline

A long-term study in the Southern Ocean reveals a clear correlation between warming waters, decreased sea ice, and reduced abundance of Antarctic silverfish.

Joseph Zhang, research professor in the Center for Coastal Resources Management at VIMS, examines a simulation of water motion on a computer
EPA selects VIMS model as bellwether for Bay health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has chosen a computer model developed by researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science as its next-generation tool for managing Chesapeake Bay restoration in an era of rapid climate change.

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Discovery of ancient sheep DNA revises origin story for purported Viking colony

The Faroe Islands, an archipelago between Norway and Iceland, were once believed to have been settled by Viking explorers in the mid-9th century CE. Thanks to new analysis of ancient sheep DNA, the remote, North Atlantic islands are now shown to have been inhabited by British Isle shepherds centuries before the Vikings arrived.

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New online tool helps better serve environmental justice

The Elizabeth River Project (ERP) has teamed with researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and William & Mary to build an online mapping tool that can help the non-profit and other community partners better incorporate environmental justice issues into planning and restoration efforts.

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U.S. sea-level report cards: 2020 again trends toward acceleration

The annual update of their sea level “report cards” by researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science adds further evidence of an accelerating rate of sea-level rise at nearly all tidal stations along the U.S. coastline.

Center for Conservation Biology’s Libby Mojica cradles a golden eagle
In ‘Science:’ CCB’s bird-tracking data added to Arctic Animal Movement Archive

Bryan Watts, the director of William & Mary’s Center for Conservation Biology, and Fletcher Smith, a research associate at the CCB, are part of an effort to share animal-tracking data to get a handle on what is ahead for the diverse animal populations of the changing Arctic and near-Arctic habitats.

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Once in imminent danger, rare woodpecker reaches milestone in its recovery

The Piney Grove Preserve has shifted from receiving red-cockaded woodpeckers from other populations to donating woodpeckers. The movement marks a milestone in the recovery of the species and is a testament to the valuable work of W&M’s Center for Conservation Biology.

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Swem announces plans for new patio

William & Mary Libraries is adding a new space with people who love the outdoors in mind. The Libraries announced it will begin constructing a patio outside of Swem in December.

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W&M's Parks Research Lab releases Campus Greenspace Map

For the past seven years, Dorothy Ibes has been using William & Mary’s outdoor space as a laboratory to understand the relationship between human health and human access to nature.