Ongoing research is a core component of the Reserve mission. As one of the 29 reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, we participate in the NERR System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP). This program collects standardized data at specific sites to detect both short-term and long-term trends in water and environmental parameters, nutrients, and biology. In addition to the SWMP, region-specific monitoring (oysters, plankton, etc.) is performed on coastal management issues specific to the northeast Florida region. Meet the Research staff at the Reserve!

We welcome volunteers to help research staff with our long-term monitoring projects!

Our Monitoring Projects

Marsh Vegetation



Did you know that we have a research blog?

Are you interested in conducting your research with us?

National Estuarine Research Reserves are designed to promote research by scientists from both within and outside the System. To safely accommodate the existing, and growing, population of visiting investigators, we require investigators to submit a registration form, which you can do by clicking below! Please complete this form at least one month prior to your visit and feel free to contact Research Director, Nikki Dix with any questions.

Some examples of current facilitated research with visiting scientists are listed below:

  • Mangrove Ecology and Distribution

  • Habitat Mapping and Change

  • Ecosystem Services

  • Ecology and Distribution of Estuarine Organisms

  • Living Shorelines

Register Here!

Research Publications and Resources

For research conducted within or surrounding the GTM Research Reserve.