Sea Grant Focus Area: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
Science and policy research and outreach in support of ecosystem sustainability. Emphasis is on ecosystem processes and relationships between coastal stressors and long-term human and ecosystem health and on programs that provide lifelong opportunities to enhance understanding and promote stewardship. Specific areas of interest to Delaware Sea Grant include:
- Improving ecosystem services by enhancing health, diversity and abundance of fish, wildlife and plants.
- Regional coastal observation systems that will advance our capability to make predictions about human impacts and environmental changes on coastal resources.
- New technologies, methods, and policies to address water quality degradation.
- Supporting ecosystem-based approaches to manage land, water and living resources.
- Restoring, protecting, and enhancing ecosystems and their habitats.
Details of the research projects funded by Delaware Sea Grant for the 2016–2018 period are listed below. For additional information, please also see our latest annual report.
Visit our research project archive to see previously funded projects.
Variability in Delaware Bay zooplankton across spatiotemporal scales: climatic, seasonal, and reproductive influences
Investigator: Jonathan Cohen—University of Delaware
Delaware Sea Grant Researcher Jon Cohen builds on earlier work surveying zooplankton distribution and abundance in Delaware Bay....More
Development of immobilized algicidal bacteria for prevention and mitigation of harmful dinoflagellate blooms
Investigator: Kathryn Coyne—University of Delaware
Harmful algal blooms (HABs), often referred to as “red tides”, are a major environmental and public health issue in coastal regions of the...More
Coupling geomorphological and ecological processes in numerical simulations of Delaware salt marsh evolution
Investigators: James T. Kirby and Fengyan Shi—University of Delaware
Researchers Jim Kirby and Fengyan Shi are refining a model of water, sediment, plants and their interactions to help...More
Investigators: Tye Pettay and Kathryn Coyne—University of Delaware
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can cause significant and permanent damage to the environment and pose a serious threat to...More
Investigators: Dana Veron and Wei-Jun Cai
The Delaware Sea Grant Program has invested in developing water quality and atmospheric monitoring equipment, and in partnership with the Delaware...More
Investigators: Taylor Deemer (Undergraduate Student), and Danielle Dixson — University of Delaware
Mini-Grant start date: September 1, 2016
Increased carbon dioxide in the...More
Microplastics—small pieces of plastic less than five millimeters long—are an emerging marine pollution issue with implications for the health of the ocean and aquatic species.
Investigators: Chris Sommerfield and Carlos Moffat
The Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is undertaking a $38 million restoration project to return the 10,000-acre area to a naturally...More
Investigator: Jack Puleo
Beaches provide not only recreation and leisure opportunities, but play an important role in protecting communities during intense storm events. At the same time,...More
Investigators: John Madsen and Dewayne Fox
At the start of the 20th century, the Delaware River supported the world’s largest caviar fishery dependent upon Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser...More
Investigators: Tom McKenna, Naomi Bates, and John Callahan
An expanse of tidal wetlands fringes the Delaware Estuary and provides Delaware, Pennsylvania,...More
A risk assessment analysis of microplastics in Delaware Bay: Physical controls and biological effects of an emerging pollution issue
Investigators: Tobias Kukulka and Jon Cohen
Plastic marine debris, particularly in the form of microplastics less than 5 millimeters in size, is an emerging pollutant of concern both in the...More
Phytoplankton dynamics and the role of Heterosigma akashiwo in promoting blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate, Dinophysis acuminata
Invesitgators: Kathy Coyne and Tye Pettay
Dinophysis acuminata is a toxic microalgae found in Delaware’s Inland Bays that can bloom to concentrations that are harmful to fish and...More