Tidal creek just after sunrise at Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and National Wildlife Refuge
Scientists from the USGS St Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) capture the smooth water of the tidal creek reflecting a pastel sky and soft clouds while heading out for field work at early dawn. This may be a common sight for early-risers since the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and National Wildlife Refuge is a popular destination for recreational activities like fishing, hunting, and boating. However, wetland loss caused by shoreline erosion threatens this idyllic scene and the extensive salt marsh and habitat for many fish and wildlife species. SPCMSC scientists are working with the local managers to understand the causes and consequences of shoreline erosion.
Explore Estuarine and Marsh Geology research at SPCMSC.