Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, University of New Hampshire
Data Center Description
The University of New Hampshire's Jackson Estuarine Laboratory (JEL) is located five miles from the Durham campus on the shores of Great Bay Estuary at Adams Point. Resident Faculty members conduct Research that covers a wide range of fields and is supported by a variety of private, state and federal agencies. Students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists are also active in JEL research. The laboratory provides diverse Education opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to learn research and analytical skills, and also hosts seminars, lectures and field trips for UNH classes.
The research being conducted by resident faculty is directed at basic and applied scientific questions, many of which are critical to the State and region. JEL faculty also teach courses at UNH. The Laboratory features well-equipped Facilities for conducting research in aquaculture, benthic ecology, botany, geology, microbiology, and water quality.
Sources of support for research at JEL include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NH Coastal Program, NH Sea Grant, Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology, Coastal Ocean Program, National Estuarine Research Reserve Program, National Marine Fisheries Service), US Environmental Protection Agency, NH Dept. of Environmental Services, NH Fish and Game Dept., NH Dept. of Transportation (Port Authority), US Navy, US Geological Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Internal UNH sources of funding, which include the Hubbard Foundation, Center for Marine Biology, Center for International Education, and the Office of Sustainability Programs, also support research at the Laboratory.
Specific topics of research include:
" Aquaculture of bivalve molluscs and seaweed " Biodegradation of oil and other toxic organic pollutants " Biology, behavior and physiology of lobsters " Bottom habitat mapping and characterization " Coastal processes and beach erosion " Community ecology and landscape interactions of dynamic coastal wetlands " Ecology of faunal benthos, bivalve molluscs and marine and estuarine fish " Ecology and physiology of bacterial pathogens of humans, finfish and shellfish " Ecology, ecophysiology and systematics of seaweeds and of seagrasses " Enhancement of wetland functions through community-based programs " Environmental technologies " Estuarine water quality monitoring " Microbial cycling and community responses to mercury in marine environments " Modeling of seagrass habitat change " Monitoring, restoration and analysis of seagrass habitats and impacted, created and restored wetlands " Physiology of plants in stressful environments (flooding, salinity, disease) " Pollution source and pathogen identification using ribotyping, gene probes and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) " Restoration of shellfish habitats " Sea level impacts on coastal environments " Sedimentary process in estuaries and continental shelves " Stormwater impacts and treatment technologies