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Gateway National Recreation Area
is committed to focusing energy and resources to conserve the health
and diversity of our ecosystem. The Jamaica Bay Institute was created
as a testament to this commitment with the mission: to promote and
improve the ecological health and social relevance of Jamaica Bay
through research, education, and informed decision making.
Expanded research efforts and surveys are needed to achieve a more
comprehensive understanding of the flora and fauna of the Jamaica
Bay Watershed. Through partnerships with academic institutions,
state, and federal agencies, Gateway National Recreation Area is
able to gain access to sophisticated and multidisciplinary scientific
information. This up- to-date scientific knowledge will then be
shared with park management, local community leaders, and the public
to foster science-based decisions.
Important aspects of the science investigations needed at Gateway
are urban ecology themes such as:
versus visitor access
management of cultural and natural resources
on the link below to view a more detailed description of Gateway's
priority research needs. Although
these projects are of high importance, we welcome research proposals
in any area of scientific, historic, cultural, or social inquiry.
To encourage quality researchers to Gateway, in-kind services
such as lodging, computer facilities, and logistical support are
want to conduct research at Gateway, how do I get started?
Contact the Jamaica Bay Institute to initiate discussions on potential
research projects, permitting, funding, housing, and responsibilities.
Jamaica Bay Institute phone: 718-338-3338 x222/223
A research permit
is required for any scientific activity within the park. Applications
can be found online at NPS
Responsibilities to the Park
In exchange for permission to perform research in
the park, we require several items from researchers, including:
A park research
permit (and state and federal permits if working with wildlife or
threatened or endangered species).
of Investigators Annual Report.
Copies of any
final reports or publications.
of NPS and the Jamaica Bay Institute in any publications and reports.
We may request
a presentation of research results at a symposium or seminar series.
use of housing, computers, park equipment and facilities.
The information gathered from a research project
is only as good as the people who know about it. Park staff, educators,
students, community groups and the visiting public can all benefit
from learning about the results of your research project. There
are a number of opportunities researchers can take advantage of
to expand the audience of your project.
Request a park ranger to accompany you in the
field for 2-4 hours. The ranger will document your work with a
digital camera and/or camcorder and produce a briefing paper for
the rest of the staff and/or the general public. We will provide
you with a file of all images or digital footage that can be then
used for any of your publications or presentations in the academic
with the Education Coordinator to develop a 5-30 minute digital
slide presentation on your project. This can be shown to interpretive
park rangers, education groups, civic organizations, or the general
public. The Education Coordinator will be responsible for presenting
these slide shows, but will provide you with your own copy.
Host a “Brown
Bag Lunch” informal presentation for park employees. The
information from this presentation then can be used to create
a website or article for the park newspaper. You may also agree
to host the same presentation for the public, or work with the
Education Coordinator, who will make the presentation.
“Summary for Non-Experts” in a brief format that outlines
your goals, methods, and expected outcomes. This summary will
be distributed to park staff, posted on our website, and/or used
to create an informational flyer for the general public.
(This section is under development. Please check back for updates)