Forecasting how tidal wetlands respond to global change requires a commitment to long-term research, a goal by our primary partner at NSF, the Long-term Research in Environmental Biology program. We freely share data, welcome collaborators from across the world, offer professional training to postdocs, graduate students, and interns, and engage the public in citizen science.
Each long-term experiment performed at the Global Change Research Wetland was designed to test hypotheses inspired by earlier experiments. Collectively, these studies illuminate the effects of single factors and interactions among multiple factors.
Exemplary Ecosystem Services
Conservation Status and Threats
Conservation statusFederal Protection
Adjacent land useUpland Forest/Woodland
Approximate natural buffer width> 100 ft
Approximate size (ha):
General wetland characterization:Coastal Irregularly Flooded Salt Marsh
Adjacent water bod(ies)Tidal Systems
Approximate stream order
Name of body of waterRhode River and Chesapeake Bay
Deep organic soils over marine clay
Flora and Fauna
Dominant floraSchoenoplectus americanus, Spartina patens, Distichlis spicata, Phragmites australis, Iva frutecens
Dominant faunamuskrats, racoons, great blue heron