RCC-RILL class looks at the Bay in depth

The Chesapeake Bay is changing—and not for the better. Find out what the changes consist of, and what counter-measures are being planned, with a new course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). “A Changing Bay,” taught by several Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) experts, will be offered on October 5, 12, and 19 (Wednesdays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at McHugh Auditorium in Watermen’s Hall, on VIMS’s Gloucester Point Campus. Instructors will be Dr. Troy Tuckey, C. Scott Hardaway, and members of the VIMS Outreach staff.

“A Changing Bay,” will be taught by several Virginia Institute of Marine Science experts on October 5, 12, and 19 at VIMS’s Gloucester Point Campus.

During the first session of this course, Dr. Tuckey will talk about the Chesapeake Bay’s many kinds of juvenile fish, and other species linked to them in the food web. He will explain how scientists track the movements of these fish, and what is being done to ensure future harvests. At the second session, Hardaway will discuss shoreline erosion occurring in the Bay, ongoing research on the subject, and future management plans. Each of the first two sessions will conclude with an open discussion moderated by VIMS Outreach staff. The final session will consist of a two-hour tour of the VIMS facility, highlighting laboratories and research related to the changing Bay.

Troy D. Tuckey is the director of Virginia Sea Grant at VIMS. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from the University of South Florida and the University of Charleston respectively, and a doctorate from the College of William and Mary. His research focuses on understanding the biological and ecological processes that regulate the population dynamics of fish during their early life history. VIMS marine scientist C. Scott Hardaway earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from East Carolina University, and has worked for VIMS since 1979. He continues to perform research on a variety of coastal problems, primarily shoreline erosion along the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean shorelines of Virginia and Maryland.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “A Changing Bay” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2016.