NOAA NERRS Science Collaborative

The NOAA NERRS Science Collaborative (NSC) fosters the development and application of research that addresses coastal management problems important to NOAA and state and local coastal zone managers. The NSC supports research, assessment, and transfer activities that address critical coastal management issues identified by the NERRS in order to improve the long-term stewardship of the nation’s estuaries. The NSC administers annual requests for proposals to identify, fund, and foster science-based projects that address coastal management problems important to the coastal reserves. If you have questions about these funding opportunities, please contact NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management or visit the University of Michigan Water Center.

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Application of Data from the Grand Bay Estuary System to Enhance Water Quality on the Northern Gulf of Mexico Coast

  • Lead: Ruth Carmichael
    Location: Grand Bay NERR, MS
    Type: science transfer

  • Contact: rcarmichael@disl.org
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2018

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Assessing Ecological and Physical Performance of Sustainable Shoreline Structures

  • Lead: Stuart Findlay
    Location: Hudson River NERR, NY
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: findlays@caryinstitute.org
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2018

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Assessing How Climate Change Will Affect Coastal Habitats in the Northeast

  • Lead: Robin Weber
    Location: Narragansett Bay NERR, RI
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: robin@nbnerr.org
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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Assessing Kachemak Bay’s Blue Carbon Resources and Increasing Community Awareness and Commitment to Preserving Wetland Ecosystem Services

  • Lead: Coowe Walker
    Location: Kachemak Bay NERR, AK
    Type: science transfer

  • Contact: cmwalker9@alaska.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Bringing Wetlands to Market on the Gulf Coast

  • Lead: Dana Sjostrom
    Location: Mission-Aransas NERR, TX
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: Dana.Sjostrom@utexas.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2018

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Bringing Wetlands to Market: Expanding Blue Carbon Implementation

  • Lead: James Rassman
    Location: Waquoit Bay NERR, MA
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: james.rassman@state.ma.us
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2018

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Building a Coastwide Olympia Oyster Network to Improve Restoration Outcomes and Enhance Community Engagement

  • Lead: Kerstin Wasson
    Location: Elkhorn Slough NERR, CA; Padilla Bay NERR, WA; South Slough NERR, OR; Tijuana River NERR, CA
    Type: collaborative research

  • Contact: kerstin.wasson@gmail.com
    Funding Year: 2018 - 2019

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Carrying Out Climate Scenario Planning for the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

  • Lead: Danielle Boudreau
    Location: Kachemak Bay NERR, AK; Tijuana River NERR, CA
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: dboudreau@trnerr.org
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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Climate Education for a Changing Bay Expansion

  • Lead: Sarah McGuire
    Location: Chesapeake Bay NERR, VA
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: mcguire@vims.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2018

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Coastal Hazards Risk Communication A Technical Assistance Transfer Project within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System

  • Lead: Lisa Auermuller
    Location: Chesapeake Bay NERR, MD; Delaware NERR, DE; Jacques Cousteau NERR, NJ; Narragansett Bay NERR, RI; Weeks Bay NERR, AL
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: auermull@marine.rutgers.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Collaborative Research to Manage Stormwater Impacts on Coastal Reserves

  • Lead: Rachel Noble
    Location: Rachel Carson NERR, NC
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: rtnoble@email.unc.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2019

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Communicating Results from the Tidal Marsh Resilience Synthesis

  • Lead: Kerstin Wasson
    Location: Elkhorn Slough NERR, CA
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: kerstin.wasson@gmail.com
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2017

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Creating an Alliance of Scientists and Educators in Virginia

  • Lead: Sarah McGuire
    Location: Chesapeake Bay NERR, VA
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: mcguire@vims.edu
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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Credit for Going Green Transfer of an Expert Elicitation Method to Develop Pollutant Load Reduction Rates for Buffers that Count Toward MS4 Permits

  • Lead: Cory Riley
    Location: Great Bay NERR, NH; Narragansett Bay NERR, RI; Waquoit Bay NERR, MA
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: cory.riley@wildlife.nh.gov
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Dams and Sediment in the Hudson

  • Lead: David Ralston
    Location: Hudson River NERR, NY
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: dralston@whoi.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2019

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Decreasing Vulnerability for Maine’s Beach-Based Business Community

  • Lead: Annie Cox
    Location: Wells NERR, ME
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: acox@wellsnerr.org
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2018

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Developing DNA Methods to Monitor Invasive Species and Biodiversity in Estuaries

  • Lead: Alison Watts
    Location: Great Bay NERR, NH; South Slough NERR, OR; Wells NERR, ME
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: alison.watts@unh.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Developing New Ways to Analyze Reserve Monitoring Data

  • Lead: Thomas M. Grothues
    Location: Jacques Cousteau NERR, NJ
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: grothues@marine.rutgers.edu
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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Effects of Sea Level Rise on New England Salt Marshes: A Workshop Led by the New England Research Reserves

  • Lead: Jennifer West
    Location: Narragansett Bay NERR, RI
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: Jennifer@nbnerr.org
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2018

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End-User Derived Research to Improve the Effectiveness, Sustainability, and Prevalence of Coastal Restoration Projects

  • Lead: Eric Sparks
    Location: Weeks Bay NERR, AL
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: eric.sparks@msstate.edu
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2018

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Enhancing Coastal Resilience Decision-Support Tools to Reflect Latest Local Applied Science

  • Lead: Lisa Auermuller
    Location: Jacques Cousteau NERR, NJ
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: auermull@marine.rutgers.edu
    Funding Year: 2018 - 2019

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Enhancing Coordination on Shoreline Management and Resilience Measures in New York State

  • Lead: Emilie Hauser
    Location: Hudson River NERR, NY
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: emilie.hauser@dec.ny.gov
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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Establishing a Blue Carbon Network for the Gulf Coast

  • Lead: Stephen Emmett-Mattox
    Location: Apalachicola Bay NERR, FL; Grand Bay NERR, MS; Mission-Aransas NERR, TX; Rookery Bay NERR, FL; Weeks Bay NERR, AL
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: sem@estuaries.org
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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Evaluating Living Shorelines to Inform Regulatory Decision-Making in South Carolina

  • Lead: Denise Sanger
    Location: ACE Basin NERR, SC
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: sangerd@dnr.sc.gov
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2018

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Evaluating the Impact of Hydrologic Alterations on Salt Marsh Sustainability in a Changing Climate

  • Lead: Amanda Spivak
    Location: Waquoit Bay NERR, MA
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: aspivak@whoi.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Evaluating Whether Oyster Aquaculture Can Help Restore Water Quality

  • Lead: Daniel Rogers
    Location: Waquoit Bay NERR, MA
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: drogers2@stonehill.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Evaluation of the Ecosystem Services of Shellfish Culture Operations in North Carolina

  • Lead: Elizabeth Darrow
    Location: North Carolina NERR, NC
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: darrowe@uncw.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2019

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Exploring Applications of Ecosystem Service Conceptual Models for Coastal Habitats

  • Lead: Lydia Olander
    Location: North Carolina NERR, NC; Rookery Bay NERR, FL
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: Lydia.Olander@duke.edu
    Funding Year: 2018 - 2019

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Exploring the Trends, the Science, and the Options of Buffer Management in the Great Bay Watershed

  • Lead: Cory Riley; David Patrick
    Location: Great Bay NERR, NH
    Type: Integrated Assessment

  • Contact: cory.riley@wildlife.nh.gov; david.patrick@tnc.org
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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Feasibility Planning for Pacific Northwest Blue Carbon Finance Projects

  • Lead: Craig Cornu
    Location: Padilla Bay NERR, WA; South Slough NERR, OR
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: cecornu@gmail.com
    Funding Year: 2018 - 2019

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From NECAP to GCAP Transferring Climate Adaptation Knowledge and Tools from New England to Georgetown, SC

  • Lead: Jennifer Plunket
    Location: North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, SC
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: jen@belle.baruch.sc.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Improved understanding of sediment dynamics for the South Slough NERR and the greater Coos Bay Estuary

  • Lead: David Sutherland
    Location: Coos Bay Estuary, OR
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: dsuth@uoregon.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2019

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Investigating the Interconnectedness of Climate Change, Nuisance Mosquitos, and Resilience of Coastal Salt Marsh Systems

  • Lead: Richard Lathrop
    Location: Jacques Cousteau NERR, NJ
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: lathrop@crssa.rutgers.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2019

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Is Marsh Surface Tracking Sea Level Change Developing Tools and Visualizations for Sentinel Site Data

  • Lead: Kim Cressman
    Location: Chesapeake Bay NERR, VA; Delaware NERR; Elkhorn Slough NERR, CA; Grand Bay NERR, MS; Mission-Aransas NERR TX; Padilla Bay NERR, WA; South Slough NERR, OR; Waquoit Bay NERR MA
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: Kimberly.Cressman@dmr.ms.gov
    Funding Year: 2018 - 2019

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Monitoring and Management of Lagoon Mouths in Southern California

  • Lead: Jeff Crooks
    Location: Tijuana River NERR, CA; San Diego Bay, CA; Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, CA
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: jcrooks@trnerr.org
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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National Estuarine Research Reserve System Meteorological Data

  • Lead: Centralized Data Management Office
    Location: NERRS
    Type: Monitoring Data

  • Contact: melissa@belle.baruch.sc.edu
    Funding Year: Ongoing - Ongoing

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National Estuarine Research Reserve System Nutrient and Pigment Data

  • Lead: Centralized Data Management Office
    Location: NERRS
    Type: Monitoring Data

  • Contact: melissa@belle.baruch.sc.edu
    Funding Year: Ongoing - Ongoing

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National Estuarine Research Reserve System Vegetation Monitoring Data

  • Lead: Centralized Data Management Office
    Location: NERRS
    Type: Monitoring Data

  • Contact: melissa@belle.baruch.sc.edu
    Funding Year: Ongoing - Ongoing

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National Estuarine Research Reserve System Water Quality Data

  • Lead: Centralized Data Management Office
    Location: NERRS
    Type: Monitoring Data

  • Contact: melissa@belle.baruch.sc.edu
    Funding Year: Ongoing - Ongoing

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Promoting Coastal Community Resilience through Alaska Fisheries Business Self-Assessments

  • Lead: Ingrid Syverine Abrahamson
    Location: Kackemak Bay NERR, AK
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: isabrahamson@alaska.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Promoting Resilient Ground Water Resources and Holistic Watershed Management at the Kachemak Bay NERR

  • Lead: Coowe Walker
    Location: Kachemak Bay NERR, AK
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: Cmwalker9@alaska.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Quantification and Public Dissemination of Carbon Stocks Data for Pacific Northwest Tidal Wetlands

  • Lead: Craig Cornu
    Location: South Slough NERR, OR; Padilla Bay NERR, WA
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: cecornu@gmail.com
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2019

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Quantifying Nutrient Retention by Lake Erie Coastal Wetlands

  • Lead: Kristi Arend
    Location: Old Woman Creek NERR, OH
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: kristin.arend@dnr.state.oh.us
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Re-Engineering Living Shorelines for High-Energy Coastal Environments

  • Lead: Christine Angelini
    Location: Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR, FL
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: c.angelini@ufl.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2018

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Resilience Dialogues Strategies for Conflict Management in Collaborative Science

  • Lead: Christine Feurt
    Location: Wells NERR, ME
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: cfeurt@une.edu
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Spreading the Seeds of Estuary Health

  • Lead: Kenneth Rainer
    Location: Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR, FL; ACE Basin NERR, SC; North Carolina NERR; Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, SC; Sapelo Island NERR, GA
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: kenneth.rainer@dep.state.fl.us
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Synthesizing Monitoring Data to Improve Coastal Wetland Management Across New England

  • Lead: David Burdick
    Location: Great Bay NERR, NH; Narragansett Bay NERR, RI; Waquoit Bay NERR, MA; Wells NERR, ME
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: David.Burdick@unh.edu
    Funding Year: 2018 - 2019

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Teachers on the Estuary: Investigating a Changing Environment

  • Lead: Suzanne Kahn
    Location: Great Bay NERR, NH; Narragansett Bay NERR, RI; Waquoit Bay NERR, MA; Wells NERR, ME
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: suzanne@wellsnerr.org
    Funding Year: 2015 - 2017

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The Coos Estuary Land Use Analysis

  • Lead: Jenni Schmitt
    Location: South Slough NERR, OR
    Type: Integrated Assessment

  • Contact: jenni.schmitt@state.or.us
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2018

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Thin-layer Sediment Placement Evaluating an Adaptation Strategy to Enhance Coastal Marsh Resilience Across the NERRS

  • Lead: Kenny Raposa
    Location: Chesapeake Bay NERR, MD; Chesapeake Bay NERR, VA; Elkhorn Slough NERR, CA; Great Bay NERR, NH; Narragansett Bay NERR, RI; North Carolina NERR, NC; San Francisco NERR, CA; Waquoit Bay NERR, MA
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: kenny@nbnerr.org
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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Undergraduates Develop Job Skills by Creating Interactive Software for Reserve Visitors

  • Lead: Kenneth Rainer
    Location: Delaware NERR; Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR, FL; Mission-Aransas NERR, TX
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: kenneth.rainer@dep.state.fl.us
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2018

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Understanding the Role Coastal Marshes Play in Protecting Communities from Storm Surge and Flooding

  • Lead: Peter Sheng
    Location: Hudson River NERR, NY
    Type: Collaborative Research

  • Contact: pete@coastal.ufl.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2019

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Understanding the Vulnerabilities of Southeastern Coastal Habitats to Climate Change Impacts

  • Lead: Jennifer Plunket
    Location: North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, SC; North Carolina NERR, NC
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: jen@belle.baruch.sc.edu
    Funding Year: 2016 - 2018

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Using Advanced Mapping to Measure Changes in Mangrove and Seagrass Habitat over Time

  • Lead: Frank Muller-Karger
    Location: Rookery Bay NERR, FL
    Type: collaborative research

  • Contact: carib@usf.edu
    Funding Year: 2018 - 2019

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Watershed Stewardship in Action: Deaf Students on the Estuary (WADE)

  • Lead: Joan Muller
    Location: Waquoit Bay NERR, MA
    Type: Science Transfer

  • Contact: joan.muller@state.ma.us
    Funding Year: 2017 - 2019

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The NOAA NERRS Science Collaborative and funded partners adhere to the data management policies as set forth by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for the NERRS National Monitoring Program. The protocols for data ownership, custodial liability, data submission and data access have been developed in accordance with known Federal guidelines and/or standards for environmental and social data collection activities.

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