The goal of the ESNERR research program is to investigate estuarine ecosystems and their associated watersheds. In particular, we emphasize science that will help us to better conserve Elkhorn Slough and other estuaries. This estuarine conservation research includes long-term monitoring to detect changes over time, and short-term projects focused on understanding and diminishing threats to Slough habitats and communities.
Our 2013 report highlights the temporal trends observed in key indicators monitored by the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. The focus of this report is on changes over time, using long-term monitoring data to detect trends in indicators that would suggest that aspects of ecosystem health or function at Elkhorn Slough are improving, degrading, or remaining stable. Download this report (.pdf, 688KB) for more information.
We have used a combination of paleographic and stratigraphic approaches with field monitoring of current conditions and modeling of future scenarios to inform coastal decision-makers about marsh sustainability. Find out more...
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...
Download this document (ESNERR_research_questions_Feb09.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_Feb09.pdf) containing interesting questions that could be addressed in term papers or thesis research.
Click here for a guide for researchers wishing to work in the coastal habitats of the Elkhorn Slough area near Moss Landing, California.
State of the Estuary Report, updated 2013 (pdf, 688KB)
Download a list of references about Elkhorn Slough or search the Slough bibliography.
Download technical reports about Elkhorn Slough.
Download abstracts and powerpoints from the January 2010 Slough Symposium.