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Visiting Science Program

Hudson River Park invites academic institutions, researchers and industry scientists to conduct research that furthers scientific understanding of the Lower Hudson Estuary.

Visiting Scientists can apply to become research partners to utilize Park facilities and resources. As partners, Visiting Scientists contribute to applied research that advances River science and conservation. Your research will also be incorporated into Park programs and curriculum to share findings with our greater community.


The Park has an ongoing commitment to facilitating Sanctuary research. The Estuarine Sanctuary Management Plan action agenda outlines these research goals encompassing a broad variety of topics. Example areas of current research need include:

  • Data Analysis
  • River Modeling
  • Wetland Monitoring
  • Environmental DNA
  • Nearshore & Habitat Enhancement Monitoring
  • Education & Sustainability Program Evaluation

Through collaboration with the Park to pursue these and other subjects, Visiting Scientists can advance estuarine research, inform management decisions and improve the health of the Park’s Sanctuary waters. The Trust will share research priorities with interested scholars to focus projects and help the Park and regional partners answer their most pressing questions. See more details in the links below.

To further explore research ideas and partnerships, please contact


Piling Epibenthic Communities
Dr. Allison Fitzgerald (New Jersey City University) conducted pier piling biodiversity studies between 2019 and 2021. Dr. Fitzgerald performed analysis of videos to better understand epibenthic species assemblage.

Pharmaceutical Contamination
Teeshavi Acosta & Kate Good (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) are investigating the relationship between pharmaceutical concentrations and fecal indicator bacteria levels within NYC water bodies.

Plastic Adsorption
Dr. Jen Apell (New York University) is studying how man-made pollutants, combustion byproducts, and plastic additives enter our waterways through Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs).

Hand holding up an oyster against the Manhattan city skyline in Tribeca at Hudson River Park

Oyster Recruitment
Tatiana Castro (Billion Oyster Project), in partnership with Cornell University & The Nature Conservancy, is assessing oyster spat settlement in various Park locations as part of a larger, Lower Hudson Estuary oyster recruitment study.

Toadfish Acoustics
Kelsey Hom (Brooklyn College) is investigating the neurological processes behind oyster toadfish vocalizations using fish specimens caught in Park Fish Ecology Survey traps. In 2019, additional hydrophonic recordings were taken of toadfish in Park collection gear to compare to fish in a lab setting and to observe how fish compensate for noise pollution.

Fish Population Analysis
Dr. Yong Chen (Stony Brook University) is conducting analysis on the Hudson River Biological Monitoring Program long-term data set and bringing his expertise in fisheries assessment to interpreting the Park’s Fish Ecology Survey.

Dr. Ashok Deshpande (NOAA at Sandy Hook) is developing a new microplastics study investigating chemical adsorption to plastic particles.