Virginia Institute of Marine Science



Kauffman Aquaculture Center

Funded with a challenge grant by Boots Kauffman HON '05 and Jack Kauffman HON '05, with matching grants from Matthew Blackwood; the D. Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, Inc.; Mr. & Mrs. Weston Conley, Jr. and family; Dominion; Mr. & Mrs. John Kauffman; the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation; Mr. & Mrs. E. Claiborne Robins, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. James Rogers; and the Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation.


VIMS' Eastern Shore Laboratory (ESL)

Located in Wachapreague, Va., the ESL serves as both a field station in support of research and teaching and as a site for resident research in coastal ecology and aquaculture. By virtue of its access to unique coastal habitats, excellent water quality, and an extensive seawater laboratory, the ESL affords educational and research opportunities not available elsewhere within the region.


McHugh Auditorium

This 275-person venue for graduate-student and public education in Watermen's Hall was funded through private support.


Nunnally Ichthyology Collection

This collection is an integral part of the tripartite mission of VIMS and serves a broad community of basic- and applied-research scientists and fisheries managers, as well as providing an important resource for local community outreach throughout its 57-year history.


William J. Hargis Library

The library was established in 1947 at the Virginia Fisheries Laboratory in Yorktown by Dr. Willard Van Engel, an early VFL scientist. In 2004, the VIMS library was officially named the William J. Hargis, Jr. Library to honor the former Dean and Director of the Institute.


Eel Tank

This special tank in the VIMS Visitor's Center was funded by a private donor.


VIMS Artifacts

These artifacts belonged to Matthew Fontaine Maury, the "Father of Oceanography," and were donated to VIMS by his grandson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew F. Maury, IV.


Sediment Analysis Laboratory

This specialized laboratory was funded by Norfolk Dredging Company.


Geotek® Core Logger

This special equipment was donated by Norfolk Dredging.


Life-size Aquaria

A main feature in VIMS' Visitor's Center, the aquaria was funded through private support.


VIMS' Annual Open House

This special event is funded through private support.


Summer Camps

These educational opportunities held each year at VIMS are funded through donations.