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Research at a Natural Reserve

Research may be conducted by scientists from any academic or public institution if their use of the particular reserve is shown to be essential, there are no long-term adverse effects to the natural system, and the research can be accommodated without undue interference with other studies.

Manipulative research is permitted if the specific reserve and system wide research guidelines are followed. Please note the following requirements:

  • The introduction of non-native (including locally non-indigenous) genotypes is generally not allowed. If this is necessary, specific protocols must be developed and approved by the Reserve manager and the Systemwide Committee.
  • No permanent damage to the habitat or infrastructure must result from the experiment(s). 
  • Markers, en-(ex-)closures, instruments, etc., must be described clearly in the application, identified in the field, and removed at the end of the study, unless specific permission is obtained from the Reserve Manager for other arrangements.
  • Research progress must be reported annually to the Reserve Manager.
  • Metadata must be registered at the end of a single year study or annually for longer studies. See Submit NRS Metadata.
  • Publications must be submitted to the Reserves Manager as soon as possible, preferably including a complete electronic copy.  
  • Failure to comply with the requirements above will result in penalties and exclusion from further use of the reserves.
  • Scientific Collecting Permits are required from the California Department of Fish and Game for both observational and manipulative research within the Scripps Coastal Reserve (part of the San Diego-Scripps State Marine Conservation Area).