Research in Point Reyes National Seashore
As wildland habitat is lost elsewhere in California, the relevance of the Point Reyes Peninsula increases as a protected area with a notable rich biological diversity. The Park contains more than 1,000 plant and animal species including 45% of North America's bird species, 18% of California's plant species, and 38 threatened or endangered species. It also has a rich cultural history dating back around 5,000 years.
Each year more than 60 researchers are granted permits to conduct their studies in Point Reyes National Seashore. National Park Service Research and Collecting Permits are granted through the Research Permit and Reporting System. All research done in the park, including that performed by National Park Service employees, requires a permit. The park is responsible for issuing and tracking research permits, and provides support to permitted researchers in the park. Each permit application undergoes a formal, standard process for research permit review and issuance.
Additional information about conducting research in Point Reyes is available through the menu at right, or through the Research Permit and Reporting System's Park Info page. If you have further questions, please contact Point Reyes' Research Coordinator Ben Becker.
Application for the Neubacher Fund for Marine Science due May 1, 2013
The Neubacher Fund for Marine Science was established in 2012 by an anonymous donation recognizing the conservation legacy of Donald L. Neubacher. Mr. Neubacher spent most of his Park Service Career at Point Reyes National Seashore where he was superintendent from 1995 – 2010. The purpose of the Fund is to foster basic and applied marine research in and around Point Reyes National Seashore.
The Fund supports annual grants of up to $5,000 for marine research conducted in the immediate vicinity of Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay (Between Bolinas and Tomales Point and up to 5 km from shore). Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and other professional scientists are eligible to apply. Studies that strive to understand long-term changes and patterns in marine ecosystems are encouraged.In addition to funding, successful applicants will have access to no-cost housing and docking facilities at the Tomales Bay Marine Station.