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Research Programs at the Reserve 

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.

Biological Monitoring Transects in the Tivoli Bays

Biological Monitoring Transects in the Tivoli Bays.

Student Fellowships

Student research opportunities are provided through two fellowship programs co-sponsored by the Reserve, including the Davidson 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.

Learn more about Student Research opportunities HERE

 

System-Wide Monitoring Program

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 the System-Wide Monitoring Program HERE

 

NERRS Science Collaborative

The NERRS Science Collaborative annually funds collaborative research that address critical coastal / estuarine issues that the Reserves have identified. Collaborative research is a multidisciplinary approach which involves end-users and decision makers alongside the researchers so that the science meets management and policy needs. Principal investigators, from external research institutions partner with one or more reserves. The project must address a management need identified by the reserves.

Learn more about the NERRS Science Collaborative HERE

Population sampling of American Eel (Anguilla rostrata).

Status Reports for HRNERR Component Sites

As part of the NERRS System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) at the Hudson River NERR, yearly status reports for each of the four components sites, as well as the headquarters at Norrie Point Environmental Center, are compiled using the data collected for the year. These status reports compare data collected from previous years, noting any changes in historical trends and averages.

Learn more and view the 2018 Status Reports HERE

 

Sentinel Site for Climate Change Research

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 HERE 

 

Habitat Mapping

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 GIS layers.

Learn more about Habitat Mapping HERE

 

River Bottom Mapping

In 1996 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) initiated the River Bottom Mapping Project, an effort to map the river bottom habitat of the Hudson River Estuary as part of a larger Hudson River Action Plan. This project includes extensive mapping using sidescan sonar, sub-bottom profiling, single and multi-beam bathymetric sonar, as well as collecting ground truth data with sediment cores, grab samples, and sediment profiling imagery (SPI).

Learn more about River Bottom Mapping HERE

 

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2019

The canoe and kayak launch on the Kidd Lane access road at Tivoli Bays WMA is closed for renovations until further notice. At this time, DEC does not have an estimated completion date for the project. Please contact Nathan Ermer at 845-256-3047 for more information about this project. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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