Photos of the Long Island Sound

Research & Monitoring

The Long Island Sound Study Research Grant Program

Request for Research Grant proposals

Please find attached the 2014 Long Island Sound Research Request for Proposals. The description of the release by Sea Grant is provided below.

Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) and New York Sea Grant (NYSG) announce the Long Island Sound Study extra-mural research program. The intent of this program is to fund research that will support the management of Long Island Sound (LIS) and its resources. The Long Island Sound Study is a regional, community-based partnership to protect and restore the Sound. Information on  LISS can be obtained at

Preliminary proposals are invited for the funding period of March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2017. Any investigator seeking support for this period (or portion thereof) must submit a preliminary proposal via NYSG’s electronic submission web site for receipt by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday June 9, 2014.

Approximately $760,000 in funding is expected to be available. The first year of the funding period covered by this Call for Preliminary Proposals begins on March 1, 2015.

Scientific research provides a key to better understanding and more effectively managing Long Island Sound. Recognizing the important role that research plays in decision-making, the EPA Long Island Sound Office, Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG), and New York Sea Grant (NYSG) developed a cooperative program to fund research in support of the Long Island Sound Study. Initiated in 1999, the Long Island Sound Research Grant Program awards funds to researchers whose work helps meet the needs of decision-makers to improve the management of Long Island Sound.

Impact of Climate Change on the Export of the Spring Bloom in Long Island Sound

Stony Brook University Graduate Student Jennifer George using a 202µm mesh filter to collect a mesozooplankton sample along the Port Jefferson-Bridgeport ferry route in April 2010. George is working on a research team led by Stony Brook University scientists Darcy Lonsdale and Christopher Gobler to examine the relationship between winter temperature and the abundance and composition of phytoplankton blooms in the spring. The reseach explores potential impacts of changing winter water temperatures on local food webs. See Impacts of Climate Change in Project Descriptions–2008.

Environmental Change in Long Island Sound

Wesleyan University graduate students using a modified ‘Van Veen grab sampler’ to collect samples from the sediment surface, as well as to videotape and take still photographs of the sea floor. Using sediment cores, Wesleyan University scientists Johan Varekamp, Ellen Thomas, and Kristina Beuning have documented the environmental transition in Long Island Sound from pre-colonial times to the present. See Environmental Change in Long Island Sound in Project Summaries–2000.

LISS also supports research and assessment projects through other funding opportunities. These projects are also described in the Project Descriptions section.

Saltmarsh-breeding Sparrows in Long Island Sound

Chris Elphick, a University of Connecticut biologist, is conducting research to develop a method to estimate the numbers of saltmarsh sharptailed sparrows (above) and seaside sparrows living in Long Island Sound salt marshes. By studying their population and favorite habitats, researchers can get a good indication which salt marshes on Long Island Sound are healthy enough to sustain wildlife, and which sites need to be restored and protected. See Saltmarsh-breeding Sparrows in Long Island Sound in Project Summaries–2002.

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