Habitat Science

Protecting and stewarding coastal land is central to our mission. We conduct science to advance land management and protection that will benefit fish and wildlife. We focus on upland and intertidal resource management issues that include development, invasive species, resource use, habitat alteration, and climate change—the major drivers of ecological change in the Great Bay estuary.

Featured Projects

  • Designing Salt Marshes: Four marshes within Great Bay NERR were mapped to create high resolution habitat data and high resolution lidar in relation to local vertical control infrastructure that was established for this project.  Work was published this year, “An Ecological Approach to Designing Salt Marshes.” Learn more >
  • Picking our Battles: With invasive species that is! We teamed up with more than 120 partners to develop a state-wide map  to help combat invasive plant species. Learn more >
  • New Hampshire SLAMM:  In 2014, we led an effort to run the Sea Level Affecting Marsh Migration Model for all of New Hampshire. The goal? Understand how habitats could shift in response to sea level rise. Learn more >
  • Trails for People and Wildlife: This statewide mapping tool is used by state agencies to assess existing trails and site new ones in a wildlife-friendly way. Learn more >
  • Landscape Scale Marsh Resilience: We are developing a way to assess tidal marsh resilience at the landscape scale through GIS-based metrics of marsh condition, vulnerability to sea level rise, and potential for adaptation. Learn more >