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Elkhorn Slough Research: Opportunities for Researchers
Elkhorn Slough Rookery
Great Egrets nesting.

We welcome volunteers, interns, students, and other researchers to participate in our research and monitoring programs or to carry out independent projects. There are many opportunities for research at the Slough.

Those interested in conducting research at Elkhorn Slough are encouraged to contact Dr. Kerstin Wasson ( ), ESNERR Research Coordinator.

Volunteer Participation in Monitoring
We welcome volunteer participation in many of our biological monitoring programs. Contact Amanda Ankenbrandt () to find out about volunteer opportunities at the Reserve.

At any time, we have a few internships available for qualified students and others willing to work at least 5 hours per week for at least 2 months, semi-independently after initial training. At present there are no internships available - please check back.

Graduate Research Fellowships
Two graduate students are funded each year to carry out thesis research relevant to conservation priorities at ESNERR. Find out more about our GRFs and their research.


Conservation Research Award
This award annually honors a student researcher who has recently made a meaningful contribution in conservation science of estuarine ecosystems, in particular by answering questions that will help inform conservation and management strategies in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. Find out more...

ESNERR Research Questions
Download this document (ESNERR_research_questions_2013-10-21.pdf) with the major questions that ESNERR scientists will be addressing, through long-term monitoring and short-term applied research. These represent questions whose answers are critically needed for improving Elkhorn Slough area conservation, and which lend themselves to the expertise and resources of ESNERR.

Download this document (student_project_ideas_2013-10-22.pdf) containing interesting questions that could be addressed in term papers or thesis research.

Research Permits
Click here for a guide for researchers wishing to work in the coastal habitats of the Elkhorn Slough area near Moss Landing, California.

Download the 2012 tides for Elkhorn Slough (564 KB, .doc). Note this list highlights low tides during daylight hours specifically meant for scheduling fieldwork.

The Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California at Davis' ecosystem based conservation management graduate training program. Visit their website for more information...


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