Jamaica Bay Institute

National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, Gateway National Recreation Area

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  Research and Restoration
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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:

environmental justice
resource conservation versus visitor access
integrated management of cultural and natural resources

Please click 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 offered.

I 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 Research Permits.
Researchers 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).
Online completion of Investigators Annual Report.
Copies of any final reports or publications.
Acknowledgement 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.
Responsible use of housing, computers, park equipment and facilities.
Educational Outreach Opportunities

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 field.

Collaborate 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.

Provide a “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.

Funding Opportunities
(This section is under development. Please check back for updates)


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Last updated: August 12, 2004
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