Research By Year

Research is a core part of New Hampshire Sea Grant’s mission to promote responsible stewardship of New Hampshire’s ocean, coastal, and estuarine resources.

For over thirty years, New Hampshire Sea Grant has funded innovative, impactful, and engaged research in two year cycles, providing partner institutions and researchers with resources and connections to create meaningful scientific progress in the Granite State.

Explore our projects based on the years they were funded and completed below.

In 2020, we’re launching a new cohort of researchers whose projects will leverage innovative technology, advance scientific techniques, and improve our understanding of key ecosystems and species. The funded research projects, which focus on coastal resiliency, fisheries health, and environmental contaminants, will forge a strong path forward in the midst of local and regional environmental change to help New Hampshire maintain a sustainable relationship with the communities, economies, and ecosystems along the coast. 

Through experimental larval release, acoustic telemetry, and otolith microchemistry, a team of researchers led by Nathan Furey at the University of Ne... Learn More
During storms and extreme weather events along the coast, sand and other sediments can wash over a barrier, like a beach or a road, and end up in a sa... Learn More
Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal communities in New Hampshire is key to forming a plan to combat future risks to property and live... Learn More
Having accurate data about fish populations is vital to managing a fishery, but getting that data for younger, smaller fish using traditional sampling... Learn More

NH Sea Grant funded six projects during our 2018-2019 biennial cycle. Five projects fell within our competition theme of 'Safe and Sustainable Seafood Production.' The theme encouraged projects to support the responsible stewardship of healthy coastal ecosystems that balances ecosystem services and helps communities maintain working waterfronts and coastal economies.

This project is about improving the economic sustainability of Northeast aquaculture using a wastes-to-resources approach via integrated farming model... Learn More
This project is about examining the impact of phage on enhanced virulence and population expansion of non-native Vibrio parahaemolyticus into northeas... Learn More
This project is about characterizing the genetic stock structure of striped bass to improve marine culture and inform fishery management. Learn More
This project is evaluating growth and sustainable harvesting practices for Jonah crabs in New England waters. Learn More
This project is looking at reducing risk and enhancing benefits of fish consumption by understanding relationships for mercury, arsenic, selenium, and... Learn More
This project will design and implement a pilot eDNA monitoring program in N.H. streams and estuaries. Learn More

NH Sea Grant funded six projects during 2016-2017 in our four focus areas of Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Coastal Communities and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.

This project focuses on improving assessment of public health risk associated with climate induced changes in pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus abund... Learn More
This project focuses on capitalizing on digital tools to expand environmental literacy around coastal resources. Learn More
This project looks at the question of New Hampshire being ready to build resilient coasts. Learn More

NH Sea Grant funded six research projects during our 2014-2015 biennial cycle in our focus areas of Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Social and ecological factors influencing shoreline hardening in the Northeast: implications for vulnerability, resilience and informed decision makin... Learn More
Coastal hazards and Northeast housing values: comparative implications for climate change adaptation and community resilience. Learn More
Buy out or build back? A comparative assessment of approaches to employing public funding to vulnerable coastal properties in the Northeastern United ... Learn More
Climate Adaptation for road infrastructure in coastal New Hampshire Learn More
Identification of endemic lineages of Vibrio parahaemolyticus causing regional outbreaks and their occurrence in New Hampshire shellfish waters. Learn More
Diversifying the New England sea vegetable aquaculture industry: modification of kelp nursery and grow-out technology for nori production. Learn More
Analysis and communications of flood damage cost avoidance in the Lamprey River watershed of New Hampshire. Learn More
What happens to the nutrients that have accumulated in the sediments of the Great Bay? Quantifying nutrient release and removal due to diffusion and s... Learn More
Gene expression during development of clam leukemia: interactive effects of temperature and ocean acidification on viral loading and onset of disease Learn More

NH Sea Grant funded five research projects during our 2012-2013 biennial cycle in our focus areas of Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, and Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply.

Reducing the extent of permanently closed shellfish growing areas through regulatory modernization: enteric virus contamination and mitigation strateg... Learn More
Decision support for the economic analysis of trade-offs in coastal and marine spatial planning for the U.S. Northeast Learn More
The governance role of local authorities in marine spatial planning: a legal assessment of prospects and problems. Learn More
Climate change adaptation and ecosystem service resilience in Northeast coastal communities: quantifying economic values and tradeoffs for regional de... Learn More
Social and economic impact assessment of catch share management in the Northeast multispecies fishery. Learn More
Understanding the Mechanisms Controlling Storm Event Nitrogen Fluxes from the Lamprey River Watershed Using Continuous in situ Sensors Learn More
Interactions between Salinity and the Resident Microbial Community in Excluding Pathogenic Vibrio from Oysters Learn More
Recruitment and Retention of Lobsters in a New England Estuary Learn More
Matching Alternative Marketing Opportunities with the N.H. Commercial Fishing Industry's Alternative Marketing Capacity Learn More
Alewife Population Assessment and Aquaculture Learn More