San Francisco Bay NERR

The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) encompasses over 3,700 acres of tidal marshes and undeveloped uplands that serve as research sites, outdoor classrooms, and recreation destinations. Reserve staff work to restore tidal marshes and strengthen the coastal community through research, monitoring, training, and education. As a staff we are working to be strong allies and provide stewardship for our local frontline communities around our reserve sites and throughout the Estuary.





News & Events


  • Mike Vasey, the Director of the SF Bay NERR since 2013, is retiring! Mike has had a long and highly engaged career working i…
  • Allie in front of Point Reyes shore.
    Pictured above: Allie visiting Point Reyes National Seashore. Though the decision to relocate and leave her environmental planning job was not easy for Allie Margulies, she has never sec… Don’t eat the oysters  Working with the NERR Research Lab, Allie is now directing her graduate work towards a tiny Bay Area…
  • Picture of Nyri tabling for Discovery Day at the EOS center
    Nyri tabling for Discovery Day at the EOS Center.  Spotlight on Nyri Growing up in Newport Beach, Nyri Scanlon and her grandpa were regulars of the glimmering coast. One day,… How to Read a Science Paper (and understand it too!) Read the abstract of the paper first. Research papers are written like… Surveying California seablite (Suaeda californica) in the San Francisco Bay as part of an SFSU research study. …


Recent Highlights

California Oyster Restoration

Read about collaborative California oyster restoration research projects in the face of climate change.

Restoration Project StoryMap

Check out a storymap on recent restoration project completed at Lower Spring Branch Creek.

New Education Coordinator

The SF Bay NERR warmly welcomes Bella Mayorga as our new Education Coordinator! 

Upcoming Trainings

Current training and workshop opportunities – from living shorelines to communicating science 




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