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Feb 9 / BARD CEP

Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship- due Feb 20th

Organization/Company Name/Department Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Application Deadline Feb 20th

Amount and Duration


The program funds at least seven undergraduate or graduate students in research related to studies anywhere within the tidal Hudson estuary from New York Harbor to the Federal Dam at Troy, New York, including the four marshes of the National Estuarine Research Reserve (Stockport Flats, the Tivoli Bays, Iona Island Marsh, and Piermont Marsh).

Funding Opportunity Description

Relevant research in the natural and social sciences is eligible. Students must have an advisor from their own institution or other research institute.
The Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve is particularly interested in research related to any of the following; however, proposals covering these topics will be treated equally with all other proposals.
Biotic and abiotic characterization of secondary channel at Roger’s Island (near Catskill).
Information on a variety of biotic and abiotic conditions at the site is needed to develop reference conditions for restoration sites elsewhere in the upper Estuary. Possible subjects include macrophyte and macroinvertebrate communities, sediment characterization and movement, hydrodynamics, fish and bird communities.  Site is difficult to access; may require motorized boat transportation from Catskill or Hudson, NY. Contact Daniel Miller at
Historical observations of flooding and storm surge events in the Hudson River Estuary.
This project would use historical weather data, water level data, and descriptive historical records such as newspaper accounts to document and show the extent of flooding and water height for major storms in the last century, in order to examine the relative contribution of precipitation from the watershed versus storm surge. Contact Emilie Hauser at
Vegetation monitoring in Tivoli Bays. This study would compare methods between: 1) the non-destructive point intercept method to determine percent cover of plant along permanent vegetation plots, and 2) the destructive above ground biomass protocol to determine dry weight of vegetation along non-permanent vegetation plots. Contact Sarah Fernald at
Enhancing vertical built shorelines for ecological function. This project would experimentally add structure and habitat to vertical shoreline engineered structures (bulkheads) in order to improve ecological function and micro-habitat. Contact Emilie Hauser at
Social Science Studies: Conduct research that assesses the attitudes of visitors and users of Hudson River shoreline toward the types of natural and engineered shoreline.  Contact Emilie Hauser at 845-889-4745 x 112


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