science for community need

Collaborative Research
The NERRS Science Collaborative is a national program that funds research to address coastal management needs identified by Research Reserves and the communities they serve. Since 2009, we have engaged our partners in collaborative science that has helped communities design sustainable shorelines, calculate the impacts of sediment release associated with dam removal, understand wetland capacity to offer storm protection, and predict the consequences of gated storm surge barriers.

Academic, public, non-profit, and private organizations are potentially eligible recipients for Science Collaborative funding. All teams, however, must work in partnership with a Reserve. Learn more here.

Collaborative Research at the Reserve

eDNA in Estuaries

The Hudson River Reserve was one of six Research Reserves to assess environmental DNA (eDNA) collected from water and sediment as a biological monitoring technique in estuaries.

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Principal investigator: Allison Watts, University of New Hampshire

Storm Surge Barriers

Gated storm surge barriers are being considered for coastal storm risk management for the New York City metropolitan area. The Hudson River Research Reserve analyzed their potential  influence on the Estuary.

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Principal investigator: Philip Orton, Stevens Institute of Technology

Protective Marshes 

The Piermont Marsh Storm Protection Study (2016–2020) explored how local marshes protected the Village from storm-driven flood and waves. 


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Principal investigator: Peter Sheng, University of Florida

Dams & Sediment on the Hudson (DaSH)

Hundreds of tributary dams have altered the way that sediment moves through the Hudson River Estuary. This project aimed to quantify the effects of removing these dams on sediment transport and wetland sustainability.

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Principal investigator: David Ralston, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Sustainable Shorelines

This initiative, begun in 2008 and led by the Reserve, generates science-based information about the best shoreline management options for preserving important natural functions, especially in light of climate change.

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Principal investigator: Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies