One of the primary objectives of GTM Research Reserve is to promote research and monitoring within its boundaries and
adjacent watershed by facilitating and/or partnering with others. The benefits of encouraging outside investigations
include high quality research, a broad range of expertise, interdisciplinary approaches, broader participation and a
wide range of funding sources that may otherwise be unavailable through NOAA or DEP. Research and monitoring programs
in the region are carried out by a number of universities, local, state and federal agencies and private institutions.
Agencies, universities, and institutions that have been
involved heavily in research with GTMNERR include (but are not
limited to) St. Johns River Water Management District,
Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, Florida Wildlife Research Institute,
Florida Sea Grant, University of North Florida, Flagler
College, University of Florida, Smithsonian Institution,
University of Maryland, Florida Atlantic University, Harbor
Branch Oceanographic Institute, University of New Hampshire,
and Villanova University.
Habitat trays help monitor populations of exotic crabs.