CBNERR Research

  • Important Species
    Important Species  CBNERRS Director, Willy Reay, shows a summer flounder. Reserve nekton and habitat studies support management of commercially and ecologically important species.  Steve Snyder
  • The Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)
    The Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)  a marsh-dwelling sensitive species  
  • Shoreline Protection
    Shoreline Protection  Gazebo along a living shoreline  
  • Inspecting Shore Stablization
    Inspecting Shore Stablization  Living shoreline research in the Bay  
  • Goodwin Island
    Goodwin Island  This area provides critical research related to coastal wetland processes  
  • Dragon Run
    Dragon Run  a unique and pristine landscape  
  • Horesehoe crab (Limulus polyphemus)
    Horesehoe crab (Limulus polyphemus)  the archaic crab species mating on Goodwin Islands  
  • Shoreline Erosion
    Shoreline Erosion  an example at Goodwin Islands  
  • GYRO
    GYRO  Goodwin/York Research Observatory  Willy Reay
  • Sunset
    Sunset  at the GYRO Nomad buoy  Willy Reay
  • Installation
    Installation  the Goodwin York Research Observatory (GYRO) buoy  
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The Chesapeake Bay-Virginia Reserve promotes, supports, coordinates and engages in basic and applied research and monitoring efforts at managed areas within Virginia's coastal region.

  • There are typically 25 research/monitoring projects conducted on an annual basis by researchers from a variety of state and federal agencies, academic institutions and private organizations within the reserve's boundaries.
  • The reserve participates in biological, water quality and weather monitoring programs.
  • The overriding goal of reserve research and monitoring activities is to contribute to effective national, regional and site specific coastal management.
  • Graduate students conducting research at the Virginia Reserve sites are supported through the NOAA/NERR Graduate Research Fellowship Program  and minor research grants. Undergraduate students are also awarded minor research grants to support research conducted within Reserve boundaries. 
  • CBNERR also participates in the VIMS Summer Intern Program, supporting and mentoring undergraduate students selected to perform summer research projects.


For questions regarding research permits, please contact Dr. Ken Moore (804) 684-7384 or (804) 684-7442.