Research & Monitoring

The CT Reserve’s research and monitoring efforts will inform changes and advise adaptive management strategies amidst climate and human development stressors. Working with partners such as the University of Connecticut, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and many other organizations, the Reserve’s research and monitoring program has four fundamental objectives:

  1. Improve opportunities to support and conduct basic and applied research within the Reserve.
  2. Contribute to status and trends assessments and forecasting of environmental quality by tracking short-term variability and long-term changes in abiotic and biological parameters within the reserve through establishment of the System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP).
  3. Encourage and assist in a multi-agency approach to research, monitoring, and science leveraging ecosystem-based management.
  4. Provide coastal resource managers, the scientific community, and general education practitioners with appropriate scientific and technical information to foster informed decision-making.

If you would like to join our email list for updates about the Reserve’s research efforts or would like to collaborate, please email our Research Coordinator at