World-class people in a world-class setting

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is recognized worldwide for its expertise in coastal marine science. Our faculty and staff bring expertise from A to Z, including anatomists, biological oceanographers, computer modelers, ecologists, economists, ecotoxicologists, geneticists, geochemists, ichthyologists, immunologists, pathologists, physical oceanographers, taxonomists, wetland scientists, and zoologists.

Dean & Director

Dr. Derek Aday, Dean and Director

Dean & Director's Cabinet
Dr. Mark Luckenbach, Associate Dean of Research & Advisory Services
Dr. Siddhartha Mitra, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Sally Brooks, Chief of Staff
Rebecca Latourell, Sr. Director of Communications & Marketing
Daniel Ogunyemi, Director of Inclusive Excellence & Belonging
Joseph Martinez, Chief Operations Officer
Marise Robbins-Forbes, Executive Director of VIMS Advancement & VIMS Foundation
Linda Rudy, Chief Financial Officer
Section Chairs

Dr. Courtney Harris, Coastal & Ocean Processes
Dr. Bongkeun Song, Ecosystem Health
Dr. Eric Hilton, Natural Resources

Center Directors

Dr. Jessica Small, Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC)
Dr. Kirk Havens, Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM)
Dr. William Reay, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR)
Dr. Richard Snyder, Eastern Shore Laboratory
Dr. David Rudders, Marine Advisory Program 
Dr. Troy Hartley, Virginia Sea Grant

Administrative Directors

Gary Anderson, Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology & Network Services
Betty Barrack, Budget Director, Office of Finance
Mark Brabham
, Director of Facilities Management
Lisa Nickel, interim contact for William J. Hargis Library
Eric Fidler, Safety & Environmental Programs Manager
Connie Motley, Director of Sponsored Programs
Carol Tomlinson, Director of Financial & Administrative Services
Susan Maples, Director of Development
Timothy Turner, Director of Marine Operations

Financial Officers & Business Managers
Academic Affairs: Rachel Wheeler
CBNERR: Sally Lawrence Wood
Coastal & Ocean Processes: Cynthia Harris & Destiny Elliott
Eastern Shore Laboratory: Hollis Parks
Ecosystem Health: Dawn Fleming Gail Holloman
Facilities Management: Cindy Hornsby
Managing Financial Officer: Cindy Forester
Marine Operations/Vessels: Terri Major
Natural Resources: Karen Hargrave Cheryl Teagle
Virginia Sea Grant: Stacy Keating
Procure to Pay & Travel Team

Administrative Units: Carol Birch
Coastal & Ocean Processes: Samantha Uylengco
Ecosystem Health: Kelsey Birch
Natural Resources: Melissa Flewellyn
Procure to Pay: Denise Berry & Lindsay Cimon
Travel: Maxine Butler & Brandy Lowery