Current Research

The Weeks Bay Reserve conducts ongoing studies into the health of the Weeks Bay watershed.

These projects include:

  • Adding information to the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP)
  • Studying the flora and fauna of the estuary to track overall health, environmental changes, effects of climate change, and the occurrence of both endangered and invasive species.
  • Tracking sea level rise

In addition, the Reserve hosts visiting researchers. Housing, lab space, and workshop space is provided on site. This allows researchers to visit for extended periods and carryout longer term projects.

Current projects include:

  • End-user derived research to improve the effectiveness, sustainability, and prevalence of coastal restoration projects. (Dr. Eric Sparks, MSU)
  • Reducing runoff pollution in coastal waters through marsh restoration: a decision support tool for stakeholders. (Dr. Eric Sparks, MSU)