The Grand Bay NERR has developed an extensive and dynamic research program that provides scientific data to inform management strategies for the conservation of critical coastal resources.
Our current focus areas are: (1) Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise, (2) Ecology of Tidal Marsh Vertebrates, (3) Ecology of Unique Habitats, (4) Monitoring Ecosystem Effects of Mercury, (5) Coastal Plant Ecology and Mapping, and (6) Long-term Monitoring of Environmental Conditions. These focus areas are based on current knowledge, needs and data gaps identified in our Site Profile, research issues resulting from conceptual ecosystem models developed in collaboration with the NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center, areas of Reserve Staff expertise, and opportunities for collaboration with universities, research laboratories, and government scientists.
Thus far, our efforts have focused on the implementation of various monitoring programs, conducting status surveys and inventories for flora and fauna found around the Reserve, and compiling data gaps and research needs. For a comprehensive summary of our ecological knowledge of the Grand Bay NERR, please see our Site Profile. To learn more about our various programs, please see our Research Projects.
- Over 175 projects have taken place at Grand Bay since our designation in 1999;
- NERR staff have been directly involved in more than 80 presentations and 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications since the research program was initiated in 2002;
- NERR staff and collaborators are involved in approximately 40 on-going research and monitoring projects annually;
- The Grand Bay NERR Site Profile was completed in 2007; and
- 12 NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship projects have been conducted at Grand Bay.
Collaborative Efforts –
- Partnership with the NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center since 2001;
- NERRS Science Collaborative Project: Impacts of Land Use Change and Nitrogen Source Shifts Over Time;
- NERRS Science Collaborative Project: “Mud on the Move” – How to Better Forecast Marsh Sustainability with a Key Model Input: Total Suspended Solids Above Tidal Marsh
- Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise – Northern Gulf of Mexico project; and
- Development of a Decision-Support Tool to Assess the Risk of Habitat Degradation Following Watershed Land Use Changes.