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Paleontologist Rowan Lockwood examines the fossilized remains of shellfish to understand present and future environmental implications. She has used fossil oysters to make recommendations on policy for the Chesapeake Bay and is a co-author on a paper that examines the fate of shellfish during a long-past episode of global warming known as the PETM. (Southside Daily/Courtesy Stephen Salpukas)

What can fossil shellfish tell us about our environmental future? Plenty

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The Earth’s climate is changing, and it’s changed before. The world’s oceans are warming, and they’ve warmed before. Past episodes of oceanic warming — and their...
Barriers to inland wetland migration, such as this Dutch dike, are common in Europe and China. (Southside Daily Photo/Courtesy of Rijkswaterstaat/Joop Van Houdt)

Coastal wetlands will survive rising seas, but only if we let them

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When Florence slogged ashore in North Carolina last week, coastal wetlands offered one of the best lines of defense against the hurricane’s waves and...
The "Physics Fest" will take place at Jefferson Labs starting in late October (Southside Daily Photo/ Courtesy of Jefferson Labs)

Jefferson Labs will host “Physics Fest” classes for students in Hampton Roads

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The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News will host its annual "Physics Fest" events for all students in Hampton Roads starting at...
VIMS researchers Bob Fisher, Kevin Weng, and an unidentified colleague release an acoustically tagged cownose ray into the York River near the VIMS campus in Gloucester Point. (SSD/VIMS)

VIMS aids study that explains migration patterns of cownose rays

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A new study closes the loop on the annual migratory pathway of cownose rays along the U.S. East Coast, suggesting that mature animals likely...
A restored oyster reef in Harris Creek, Maryland. Oyster reefs promote Chesapeake Bay health by clearing the water and providing habitat for many other organisms. (Southside Daily/L. Kellogg/VIMS)

‘Pollution diets’: Federal panel plans oyster reef restoration to improve Chesapeake Bay health

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When an oyster filters food from Chesapeake Bay, it contributes not only to its own growth, but also to the health of Bay waters. That's...
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Newport News)

Hampton Roads regional flood forecasting project wins national award

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Using technology to capture tidal information at the street-level has garnered Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News a national award in innovation. The StormSense Project was recognized...
The CEBAF (Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility) large acceptance spectrometer is located at the the Jefferson Lab in Newport News. Researchers used the device to detect the protons and neutrons. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Old Dominion University)

ODU leads international collaboration for neutron study in scientific journal

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It's a case of acting differently when outmanned — or rather out-neutroned. Protons appear to get extra pep in their step when they're outnumbered...
VIMS professor Deb Steinberg displays a deep-sea shrimp caught in a net tow during the EXPORTS expedition to the northeast Pacific Ocean. Because seawater readily absorbs red wavelengths, red animals in the deep sea appear black and are thus camouflaged from predators. (Southside Daily/VIMS)

VIMS scientist helps lead NASA-funded ocean expedition

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Professor Deborah Steinberg of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science set sail in early August aboard a major NASA-funded research expedition to...