ARLC Research Projects

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The research pursued by the Atlantic Research and Learning Center (ARLC) and its partners spans a wide range of physical, chemical, and biological questions. Coming from academic institutions, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations, ARLC research partners range from senior principal investigators to post-doctoral fellows to graduate and undergraduate students.

Study the resources below to learn about research projects past and present at Cape Cod National Seashore and also to gain perspective on how your research proposal might be structured for success.


ARLC and Cape Cod Ecosystem Monitoring Synergy

At Cape Cod National Seashore, researchers have access to the Cape Cod Ecosystem Monitoring (CCEM), an active inventory and monitoring program, which has collected decades of long-term monitoring data. CCEM data provide resource status and trend information, which can provide context for research activities and results. In turn, ARLC research results help describe the cause and effect relationships in observed changes to park resources. Together, ARLC and CCEM efforts advance coastal ecology science and contribute critical natural resource information important to enabling the science-informed management of Cape Cod National Seashore.


Cross-cutting Priority Research Themes

  • Local effects (eg. coastal erosion, habitat degradation) of global/hemispheric processes (eg. climate change, sea level rise, atmospheric deposition).
  • The importance of Cape Cod National Seashore to migratory species, especially threatened and endangered migratory birds.
  • Examining the effectiveness and the effects of restoring anthropogenically (human-caused) degraded habitats.
  • Nutrient dynamics in aquatic systems and the relative influences of atmospheric, groundwater, and oceanic inputs.
Cape Cod National Seashore Research Permits and Reports
Dig deeper and learn more about both present and past research projects. Search the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website and review the archive of Investigator's Annual Reports. These reports are mandatory year-end summaries written by Principal Investigators (PI's) and are intended to record and communicate objectives and progress of all permitted research projects.
A map of the outer area of Cape Cod, curled like a flexed arm, with images depicting a variety of researchers in the field.

Last updated: January 28, 2019

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