oyster_surveyWe welcome volunteers, interns, students, and other researchers to participate in our research and monitoring programs or to carry out independent projects. There are many opportunities for research at the Slough.

Those interested in conducting research at Elkhorn Slough are encouraged to contact Dr. Kerstin Wasson (email), ESNERR Research Coordinator.

Volunteer Participation in Monitoring
We welcome volunteer participation in many of our biological monitoring programs. Contact us to find out about volunteer opportunities at the Reserve.

At any time, we have a few internships available for qualified students and others willing to work at least 5 hours per week for at least 2 months, semi-independently after initial training. At present there are no internships available.

Graduate Research Fellowships
A series of graduate research fellows were associated with ESNERR in the past. This program is no longer being funded.
Find out more about our GRFs and their research.

Conservation Research Award
This award annually honors a student researcher who has recently made a meaningful contribution in conservation science of estuarine ecosystems, in particular by answering questions that will help inform conservation and management strategies in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. [coming soon]

ESNERR Research Questions
Download this document (ESNERR_research_questions_2013-10-21.pdf) with the major questions that ESNERR scientists will be addressing, through long-term monitoring and short-term applied research. These represent questions whose answers are critically needed for improving Elkhorn Slough area conservation, and which lend themselves to the expertise and resources of ESNERR.

Download this document (student_project_ideas_2013-10-22.pdf) containing interesting questions that could be addressed in term papers or thesis research.

Research Permits
Click here for a guide for researchers wishing to work in the coastal habitats of the Elkhorn Slough area near Moss Landing, California.

Download the latest tides including a list that highlights low tides during daylight hours specifically meant for scheduling fieldwork. Tides-2017.pdf or Tides-2017.docx