Research Topics

tidal marsh management
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
Salt marshes have been managed for centuries, but these ecosystems are now recognized for many services and management actions should support overall marsh health rather than narrow objectives (e.g., mosquito control). 
multi trophic aquaculture
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
Oyster aquaculture has grown dramatically in New Hampshire during the past few years.
Two fishermen with nets over platform.
Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex
New Hampshire-raised steelhead trout are making a splash in restaurants and seafood markets throughout northern New England, thanks to researchers at N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.
Lumpfish Research at UNH
Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex
Lumpfish being grown to investigate their use as cleanerfish.
marine aquaculture
Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex
Mussels, kelp and trout grown off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H. are fulfilling demand for local seafood while removing excess nutrients from the water.
saltmarsh
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
Tidal marshes developed in New England during the past 4,000 years when sea levels rose slowly.
monitoring macroalge
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
As excess nutrients enter the Great Bay Estuary, a variety of nuisance plants can bloom and lead to fundamental changes in the ecology of the estuary – causing loss of habitat critical for support of valuable plants and animals.
mooring loads
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory
Researchers at the Center for Ocean Engineering are working with SINTEF Aquaculture and Fisheries, Norway, and the United States Naval Academy to better understand the external loadings and response of closed contained fish cages.
Photo of Kelsey Meyer and two oyster shuckers at Oyster Fest.
Outreach and Engagement
Oyster Week came to a close Saturday with Oyster Fest at Bernie's Beach Bar in Hampton. The event showcased music, drinks and all-you-can-eat oysters from six local farmers. The New Hampshire Shellfish Farmers Initiative organized the event. The group is made up of all 14 oyster farmers in the Seacoast. Organizers said they want people to know the environmental and economic benefits of oyster farming.
seafloor mapping
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
We use custom-made underwater videography systems to map the seafloor for a variety of purposes.