About the Coastal Resiliency Lab

Based at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory on the Great Bay, the CR Lab, run by Gregg Moore, focuses on advancing and applying restoration ecology and conservation strategies to coastal ecosystems of New England and the Caribbean including salt marshes, mangroves, and beach dunes. Coastal ecosystems have historically been destroyed by human development yet now face existential threats from sea level rise, coastal squeeze,  depleted sediment inputs, invasive species, and continued anthropogenic destruction. Coastal ecosystems provide important ecosystem services to society and serve as important breeding grounds and habits for rare and endangered species.  We are equally excited not only about the science behind coastal restoration ecology but also ways to better inform and involve the public on management decisions and restoration activities. 

The research activities at the Moore Lab spans as wide as the creativity and passion of the undergraduate and graduate researchers. Research activities typically fall within the framework of:

  • How does a system and its components - vegetation, invertebrates, fish, abiotic factors, etc. - recover and progress after restoration? 
  • How can we improve on future restoration designs and strategies?
  • How do anthropogenic activities impact coastal ecosystems or rare species?
  • How can ecosystem resiliency be incorporated into restoration design?
  • How can we engage the public more effectively to make long-lasting impacts on the conservation of coastal ecosystems?

Some of our former and current research activities include:

  • Monitoring the response of macroinvertebrate community to thin layer sediment deposition of New England salt marshes
  • Observing short-term restoration performance of living shorelines for salt marsh restoraiton in New Hampshire
  • Examining community-based restoration conservation and restoration activities of mangroves in Eastern Caribbean
  • Applying remote imagery, drone imaging, and artificial intelligence to classify and understand salt marsh vegetation dynamics
  • Developing more effective evaluation tools for coastal ecosystem restoration projects, like the Restoration Performance Index
  • Conducting rare plant surveys in the Great Bay and Northern New England

 

If you have any questions about what we do or are interested in joining the Moore Lab, feel free to reach out!