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Research and Monitoring

The mission of the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through research, monitoring and education. We achieve these goals in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve of Maryland. All of our research and monitoring efforts are supported by Center and Reserve staff as well as many wonderful volunteers.

Related Publications

Check out the publications of Michael Castellano, Assistant Professor for the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University who did his NOAA Fellowship at the Estuary Center:

Linking Carbon Saturation Concepts to Nitrogen Saturation and Retention from Ecosystems.

Response of Soil Nitrogen Retention to the Interactive Effects of Soil Texture, Hydrology, and Organic Matter from Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.

View the recent publications about SAV research at Otter Point Creek published by Alfonso Blanco, PE.

Research Article                                          Hydrilla research poster

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - MD is part of a reserve system established by Congress in 1972 to protect estuarine areas as natural field laboratories for long-term research and monitoring. There are three components in the Maryland Reserve: Monie Bay, Jug Bay, and Otter Point Creek. The Otter Point Creek component consists of Leight Park and the Bosely Conservancy.

CBNERR-MD hopes to improve coastal resource management in the Chesapeake Bay through conservation, restoration, research, and education. Their goals are to strengthen the protection and management of the Reserve Components to advance Bay conservation, research and education; increase the use of science and Reserve sites to address management issues; and enhance people's ability and willingness to make informed decisions and take responsible actions that preserve Maryland's coastal communities and ecosystems.

For more information, check out CBNERR's website at:

Check out CBNERR's site profile, which reviews and summarizes the state of knowledge of the geological, physical, chemical, and biological components of Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland (CBNERR-MD or Reserve).

View the CBNERR-MD Site Profile


Take a look at all the great things happening within CBNERR-MD!!

Also, take a look at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary:

CBNERR Group Photo

This Reserve is staffed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:

Jenn Raulin, Maryland Reserve Program Manager

Sasha Land, Coastal Training Program Coordinator

Chris Snow, Stewardship Coordinator

Coreen Weilminster, Education Coordinator

Kyle Derby, Research Coordinator

Rebecca Swerida, Research and Stewardship Assistant

Amy Henry, Conservation Education Specialist



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Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.



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