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Research Paper Topics For Marine Biology

Here's a one-stop shop to learn about the impacts of VIMS research. Choose a topic  to access related Top Stories, Advisory Service reports,  journal articles, theses and dissertations, and a listing of affiliated labs, projects, and centers.

Marine Life & Processes

VIMS research illuminates the biology of marine organisms and the biogeochemical and food-web processes that connect them.

Coastal Research

Wise management of coastal resources requires a clear understanding of wetlands, dunes, and shoreline erosion.

Blue Crabs

VIMS provides the science to help sustainably manage this Chesapeake Bay icon.

Aquatic Diseases & Immunity

Traditional and modern techniques help identify disease organisms and the genetic basis of immunity.


VIMS leads efforts to restore the native oyster and develop oyster aquaculture.


Research programs at VIMS continue to inform stock assessments and fishery management plans at federal and state levels.

Dead Zones

VIMS research shows that the number of "dead zones"—areas of seafloor with too little oxygen for most marine life—increased by a third between 1995 and 2007.

Global Change

Climate change, sea-level rise, and nutrient pollution threaten coastal and estuarine ecosystems.


Toxicologists at VIMS detect, identify, and assess the risks of marine pollutants.

By Region

Map VIMS research activities in Chesapeake Bay and around the globe.


Submerged aquatic vegetation provides refuge and food for many Bay organisms but is under threat from cloudy waters and rising temperatures.


VIMS researchers pursue efforts to monitor, restore, and manage wild fisheries.

Coastal Economies & Recreation

Sustainable management of marine resources helps build strong and vibrant coastal communities.

Observing & Modelling

Computer models plus real-time data help predict storm surge, sediment transport, and food-web dynamics.


VIMS research plays a key role in efforts to restore Atlantic sturgeon to Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.


VIMS researchers pursue efforts to guide aquaculture development.

Head of Research Division Biological Oceanography (RD2-BI)

Prof. Dr. Ulf Riebesell
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
west shore campus, room 20-329
Düsternbrooker Weg 20, D-24105 Kiel, Germany
phone: +49 431 600-4444
e-mail: uriebesell(at)geomar.de

Personal Assistant/Office Management RD2-BI
Silvana Gagliardi, room 20-328
phone: +49 431 600-4445
fax: +49 431 600-4446
e-mail: bi-sekr(at)geomar.de or sgagliardi(at)geomar.de


Research Unit Biogeochemical Processes (RD2-BI/BP)

Prof. Dr. Ulf Riebesell
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
west shore campus, room 20-329
Düsternbrooker Weg 20, D-24105 Kiel, Germany
phone: +49 431 600-4444
e-mail: uriebesell(at)geomar.de

Personal Assistant/Office Management RD2-BI/BP
Silvana Gagliardi, room 20-328
phone: +49 431 600-4445
fax: +49 431 600-4446
e-mail: sgagliardi(at)geomar.de


Research Unit Microbial Biogeochemistry (RD2-BI/MB)

Prof. Dr. Anja Engel
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
west shore campus, room 20-025
Düsternbrooker Weg 20, D-24105 Kiel, Germany
phone: +49 431 600-1510
e-mail: aengel(at)geomar.de

Personal Assistant/Office Management RD2-BI/MB
Monika Peschke, room 20-021
phone: +49 431 600-4447
fax: +49 431 600-4448
e-mail: mpeschke(at)geomar.de

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