New methods for monitoring oyster reefs

We've lost the majority of the world's oyster reefs and urgent action is needed to assess, conserve, and restore what remains of these ecosystems.

Together, a team of Duke University scientists is working to developing rapid assessments of oyster reef health and biodiversity using bioacoustics, remote sensing, and Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures

What we do: We employ cutting-edge monitoring strategies to develop rapid, affordable, and non-destructive methods to  assess ecosystem health in coastal ecosystems.


We’re collecting soundscape recordings on oyster reefs to develop acoustic indicators of biodiversity and abundance.

Biodiversity Monitoring

We're coupling the deployment of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures and traditional community surveys to assess reef biodiversity

Remote Sensing

We’re using drone-based aerial imagery to characterize physical features on oyster reefs.

Coastal wetlands across the globe are being threatened by development, climate change, and overharvesting.
Researchers estimate that 85%
of oyster reefs worldwide have been lost.

Beyond oyster reefs. Designing methods that can be used across ecosystem boundaries.

Our ecosystem monitoring strategies are not limited to oyster reefs. Once we develop rapid assessment metrics for oyster reefs, we can test them in other coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, salt marshes, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests.