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Graduate Research Fellowships at the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve


The National Estuarine Research Reserve System's Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) provides master's degree students and Ph.D. candidates with an opportunity to conduct research of local and national significance that focuses on enhancing coastal management.  Fellows do their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience by participating in their host reserve's research and monitoring programs.  Graduate Research Fellowship projects are based on the reserve's local needs, the reserve system's national prorities, and the students' interest.

Please note:  Due to budget constraints, the GRF program is currently not accepting new applicants.


Past Graduate Research Fellows at the Delaware Reserve

Term Name Affiliation Research Topic
2011 - 2013 Ramona Stammermann Drexel University The effect of sediment availability and climate change on marsh development in the Delaware Estuary
2011 - 2013 Brandon Boyd University of Delaware Quantifying sediment accretion in impunded marshes of the Delaware Estuary using radionuclide chronologies
2010 - 2011 Joshua Moody Rutgers University The relationship between ribbed mussel (Guekensia demissa) density and salt marsh shoreline erosion.
2008 - 2011 Stephanie Stotts University of Delaware Riparian Restoration of the Blackbird Creek Reserve, New Castle, Delaware
2008- 2010 Susanne Moskalski University of Delaware Hydrologic and Oceanic Influences on Inter-annual Sea Level and Turbidity in the St Jones River Estuary, Delaware
2005 - 2008  Jill Brown University of Delaware

Life and death of the sandbuilder worm: recruitment, tube growth, and winter mortality as determinants of reef formation by Sabellaria vulgaris in Delaware Bay.

2005 - 2008 Brian Boutin

University of Delaware

Evaluation of essential fish habitat for juvenile weakfish: comparison of habitat-specific density, growth, feeding and production in selected Delaware marsh creeks and adjacent Delaware Bay.

2003-2005 Anne Mundel University of Delaware

Water quality monitoring in the upper Blackbird Creek component of the Delaware Reserve.

2003 - 2005 Michael League University of  Delaware

A comparative study of rhizome growth dynamics of native and non-native stands of Phragmites australis in Delaware, with emphasis on the population dynamics in the Delaware Reserve.

2001 - 2003 Bartholomew Wilson University of Delaware

Late holocene evolution of the St Jones Estuary in the Delaware NERR.  Implications for sustaining resources in response to antropogenic impacts.

2000 - 2003 Alexander Parker University of Delaware

Stable isotope tagging to assess the importance of the microbial loop in the Delaware Estuary.

1999 - 2001 Carrie Kopin University of Delaware

Settlement of non-indigenous crabs in Middle Atlantic estuaries.

1998 - 2000 Katherine Bunting-Howarth University of Delaware

Pfisteria piscicida and risk perception in Delaware's estuarine systems: Understanding user group reactions and developing policy strategies.

1997 - 1999 Vinton Valentine University of Delaware

Accelerated sea level rise: its impact on DNERR management

1997 - 1999 Darby Forbes University of Delaware

Managing introductions of marine exotic species to the Lower St Jones River and Delaware Bay region





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