Research and Monitoring

The Waquoit Bay Research Reserve facilitates research on coastal ecosystems and the impacts of human activites on them. Because Waquoit Bay and surrounding ecosystems are representative of shallow embayments in the northeast, research done here is applicable far beyond the Bay itself. The 2800 acres of land and water owned by the Reserve provides a dedicated, stable platform for scientific investigation. Hundreds of studies over the Reserve’s twenty-five year life, as well long-term data from ongoing monitoring programs, provide a wealth of background information and data that attracts researchers from the world-over, and makes it one of the most studied estuaries in the northeast.