Reserve-sponsored research focuses on understanding the aquatic habitats of the Hudson River Estuary and on generating the information necessary for management and protection of the estuary. Research staff and partners conduct estuarine research studies of ecosystem processes, exchanges between wetlands and the Hudson’s main stem, and physical, biological and chemical characterizations. Research protocols are adapted primarily through the NERRS System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) to analyze water quality, nutrient, and meteorological conditions, to map critical estuarine habitats, and to assess the impacts of climate change stressors through a Sentinel Site network. All NERRS data-sets, science products and results are publicly available through the Centralized Data Management Office website. Additional research opportunities are provided through two fellowship programs co-sponsored by the reserve, including the NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) and the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship. These fellowships provide financial support for graduate and undergraduate students to conduct research in the reserve sites, and have generated well over 150 student research projects in the past 25 years. Recent NERRS GRF recipients include Christopher Nack (2010 – 2011) from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, who’s project was entitled “Habitat Use by American Shad Larvae in the Hudson River Estuary, NY”, and Brian Brigham (2010 – 2012) from Queens College CUNY, who’s project was entitled “Exploring Biogeochemical Connections Between Anthropogenic Nutrient Deposition and the Anaerobic Production of Hydrogen Sulfide in Wetland Systems”.
Protocols of the NERRS System-Wide Monitoring Program were implemented to analyze the long term change and short term variability of nutrient, water quality, and meteorological conditions … learn more about System-Wide Monitoring Program
The Research Reserve has partnered with The Cornell University Institute for Resource Information Systems (IRIS), to interpret aerial photographs for vegetative cover type and to produce several habitat mapping products as ArcGIS layers … learn more about Habitat Mapping
The Reserve has initiated a long-term study that will establish the Tivoli Bays as a NERRS Sentinel Site for assessing the impact of climate change stressors on estuaries. The goal of this study is to evaluate the ecological impacts of sea level change and increased storm surges on submerged aquatic vegetation and emergent tidal marsh habitats …learn more about Climate Change Research