Barnegat Bay Scientists in Action

Watch Stockton University's Live Lab videos and learn about Barnegat Bay research projects from scientists doing fieldwork out on the bay.

Marine Science combines both laboratory and fieldwork. Stockton University’s Live Lab Days highlight some of the fieldwork and survey methods to give people a taste of what it’s like to be a marine scientist. Two of the Live Lab Days in June featured Barnegat Bay scientists, Dr. Christine Thompson and Dr. Elizabeth Lacey. Links to the recordings of these two Live Labs and others are available on the Stockton University’s website.

Dr. Christine Thompson: How Do Oysters Clean the Bay?

For the past four years, Stockton has worked with the Barnegat Bay Partnership, Jetty Rock FoundationLong Beach Township and Parson’s Mariculture to plant oysters on the Tuckerton Reef, a four-acre site in the lower part of the bay. In a video recording of this Live Lab with Dr. Christine Thompson, assistant professor of Marine Science, viewers can learn about this valuable habitat, see how oysters are planted on the bay bottom and how the reef is monitored. Dr. Thompson talks about oyster biology and the many interesting species that inhabit oyster reefs in the Barnegat Bay.  Learn more about the oyster reef project at or on Instagram at @stocktonshellfishlab.

Dr. Lacey monitoring seagrass in the Barnegat Bay.

Dr. Elizabeth Lacey: Seagrass Restoration

In a video recording of this Live Lab, ride along with Elizabeth “Z” Lacey, associate professor of Marine Science, as she visits one of her seagrass monitoring sites in the Barnegat Bay. Learn about this valuable ecosystem, how to identify seagrass versus seaweed, and how you can play a role in preserving seagrass habitat. Dr. Lacey teaches courses in Marine Biology, Marine Botany and Marine Conservation at Stockton University. Learn more about seagrass restoration on Instagram at @stockton_merl and online at

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