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The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve-MD protects and manages estuarine areas as natural field laboratories for coastal research and long-term monitoring to address key Bay issues. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System components serve as reference sites for comparative studies on coastal topics such as ecosystem dynamics, human influences on estuarine systems, habitat conservation and restoration, and species management. Below are a collection of documents and presentations that include research conducted within the Reserve and information compiled about different Reserve components.


Otter Point Creek Publications

Otter Point Creek



Blanco, A., J.J. Qu, and W.E. Roper. Spectral signatures of hydrilla from a tank and field setting. 2012.

Castellano, M.J., J.P. Kaye, H. Lin, and J.P. Schmidt. Linking carbon saturation concepts to nitrogen saturation and retention. 2011.

Castellano, M.J. and J.P. Kaye. Global within-site variance in soil solution nitrogen and hydraulic conductivity are correlated with clay content. 2009.

Hilgartner, W.B. and G.S. Brush. Prehistoric habitat stability and post-settlement habitat change in a Chesapeake Bay freshwater tidal wetland, USA. 2005.

Pasternack, G.B. and G.S. Brush. Biogeomorphic controls on sedimentation and substrate on a vegetated tidal freshwater delta in upper Chesapeake Bay. 2001.

Pasternack, G.B. and G.S. Brush. Seasonal variations in sedimentation and organic content in five plant associations on a Chesapeake Bay tidal freshwater delta. 2001.

Pasternack, G.B., G.S. Brush, and W.B. Hilgartner. Impact of historical land-use change on sediment delivery to a Chesapeake Bay subestuarine delta. 2000.

Pasternack, G.B., W.B. Hilgartner, and G.S. Brush. Biogeomorphology of an upper Chesapeake Bay river-mouth tidal freshwater marsh. 2000.

Pasternack, G.B. and L.A. Hinnov. Hydrometeorological controls on water level in a vegetated Chesapeake Bay tidal freshwater delta. 2003.

Knight, M.A. and G.B. Pasternack. Sources, input pathways, and distributions of Fe, Cu, and Zn in a Chesapeake Bay tidal freshwater marsh. 1999.

Pasternack, G.B. and G.S. Brush. Sedimentation cycles in a river-mouth tidal freshwater marsh. 1998.

Jug Bay Publications

Jug Bay


A list of research projects and publications can be found on the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary web page at http://www.jugbay.org/research/.



Dean, S.H. Investigation and Analysis of the Herpetological Atlases of the East Coast. 2011.

Swarth, C. et al. Summary Report of 2009 Jug Bay Bioblitz. 2010.

Mirant MD Ash Management, LLC. Brandywine Fly Ash Facility Report Addressing NPDES Condition ‘M’ Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement. 2009.

Towson University Center for GIS. Jug Bay Wild Rice Delineation: A Historical Change Analysis Final Report. 2009.

Tutman, F. Patuxent River Earns “D-” second year in a row. 2009.

Cummings, K. Investigation of the Impact of Vegetation Type on Sedimentation Rates in a Freshwater Tidal Wetland, Jug Bay, Maryland, USA. 2008.

Molines, K. Development of an identification process using digital photographs: marbled salamander migration study. 2008.

Patuxent River Park at Jug Bay Natural Area. 2009 BioBlitz Report. 2009.

Seldomridge, E.. Importance of Channel Networks on nitrate retention in freshwater wetlands, Patuxent River, Maryland. M.S. Thesis. 2009.

Swarth, C. et al. The 2007 Jug Bay Bioblitz Report. 2008.

Karrh, R. et al. Maryland Tributary Strategy Patuxent River Basin Summary Report for 1985-2005 Data. 2007.

King et al. Managing Patuxent River Water Quality Looking Beyoend Science and Politics to the Economics of Decision-making. 2007.

Patuxent River Keeper. Patuxent River 20/20: The need for effective action and effective solutions. 2007.

Kilpatrick, M. et al. West Nile virus and lyme disease transmission along a forest-to-urban gradient in Maryland and Washington D.C. 2006.

Testa, J.M. Factors regulating variability in water quality and net biogeochemical fluxes in the Patuxent River Estuary. M.S. Thesis. 2006.

Trumbauer, C. et al. 2005 Upper Patuxent River Shallow Water Monitoring Data Report. 2006.

Raves et al. 2004 Upper Patuxent River Shallow Water Monitoring Data Report. 2005.

Raves et al. 2003 Upper Patuxent River Shallow Water Monitoring Data Report. 2005.

Phemister, K.E. Characterization of the spatial differences in hydrological functioning in a tidal marsh, Patuxent River, MD: A framework for understanding nutrient dynamics. M.S. Thesis. 2004.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources in Partnership with Calvert County. Lower Patuxent River in Calvert County Watershed Characterization. 2003.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources in Partnership with Prince George’s County and the City of Bowie. Western Branch Watershed Characterization. 2003.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Patuxent River Basin Overview. 2003.

Boumans, R., M.Ceroni, D. Burdick, D. Cahoon, and C. Swarth. Sediment Elevation Dynamics in Tidal Marshes: Functional Assessment of Accretionary Biofilters. 2002.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources in Partnership with Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. Upper Patuxent River Watershed Characterization. 2002.

Zelenke, J.L. and J.C. Cornwell. Sediment accretion and composition in four marshes of the Chesapeake Bay. 1996.

Naylor, M. and P. Kazyak. Quantitative Characterization of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Species in Tidal Freshwater Reaches of the Patuxent River Drainage Basin. 1995.

Monie Bay Publications

Monie Bay



Fertig, B.M., T.J.B. Carruthers, W.C. Dennison. Oyster δ15N as a bioindicator of potential wastewater and poultry farming impacts and degraded water quality in a sub-estuary of Chesapeake Bay. 2012.

Fertig, B.M. et al. Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) δ15N as a bioindicator of nitrogen sources: Observations and modeling. 2010.

Apple, J.K., E.M. Smith, and T.J. Boyd. Temperature, salinity, and nutrients, and the covariation of bacterial production and chlorophyll-a in estuarine ecosystems. 2008.

Apple, J.K. and P.A. del Giorgio. Organic substrate quality as the link between bacterioplankton carbon demand and growth efficiency in a temperate salt-marsh estuary. 2007.

Apple, J.K., P.A. del Giorgio, and W.M. Kemp. Temperature regulation of bacterial production, respiration, and growth efficiency in a temperate salt-marsh estuary. 2006.

Apple, J.K., P.A. del Giorgio, and R.I.E. Newell. The effects of system-level nutrient enrichment on bacterioplankton production in a tidally-influenced estuary. 2004.

Stribling, J.M. and J.C. Cornwell. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur dynamics in a low salinity marsh system dominated by Spartina alterniflora. 2001.

Rooth, J.E. and Stevenson, J.C. Sediment deposition patterns in Phragmites australis communities: Implications for coastal areas threatened by rising sea-level. 2000.

Stribling, J.M., J.C. Cornwell, and C. Currin. Variability of stable sulfur isotopic ratios in Spartina alterniflora. 1998.

Stribling, J.M. and J.C. Cornwell. Identification of important primary producers in a Chesapeake Bay tidal creek system using stable isotopes of carbon and sulfur. 1997.

Zelenke, J.L., J. Stevenson and J.C. Cornwell. Deposition of inorganic and organic phosphorus in Maryland tidal marshes: a preliminary analysis. 1994.