Wetland Ecosystem Research and Conservation

Wetlands and coastal ecosystems are incredibly dynamic systems that support a disproportionately high number of plants and animals compared to other areas. Importantly for our communities, they provide a number of ecological services as well.  Our marsh and coastal ecosystems are under intensified pressures related to climate change, sea level rise, and continually expanding and intensifying human use.  Scientists at The Wetlands Institute are working to understand how marshes are responding to these pressures and what changes are occurring. We are monitoring habitats to understand changes to systems and the plants and animals that are dependent upon them. Our understanding of these ecosystems and the wildlife that are dependent upon them is being used to help inform management activities at the local, state, and regional level.

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