Graham Sustainability Institute


Science Support

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative brings to bear the highest quality, user-driven research to effectively protect and restore estuarine ecosystems. The Science Collaborative coordinates regular funding opportunities and supports user-driven collaborative research, assessment and transfer activities that address critical coastal management needs identified by reserves.

More than 1.3 M Acres 

The NERRS comprises a network of 29 reserves totaling more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 22 states and Puerto Rico to conduct long-term research, water-quality monitoring, education, and stewardship. Estuaries are highly productive ecosystems with dynamic physical, chemical, and biological properties where rivers meet the ocean or large freshwater seas.

These areas provide filtration; storm protection; and habitat for plants, animals, birds, and fish. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Science Collaborative supports collaborative research that addresses coastal management problems important to the reserves. The Science Collaborative is managed by the University of Michigan’s Water Center through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA supports the research reserves and the Science Collaborative Program.

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