A wide variety of research into many different natural and cultural resource disciplines are conducted annually on St. Vincent NWR. Graduate students conduct wildlife research on invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammal distributions. Botanists study floral distributions including the life cycles of rare plants. Geological researchers study the unique natural history of St. Vincent Island and the natural forces that have shaped it while anthropologists study clues from past human use of Refuge lands.

St. Vincent NWR provides the perfect laboratory for professional and citizen science researchers. We are currently working with university researchers to learn more about the importance of barrier islands to rattlesnakes, box turtles, and songbirds. We are also working with the USDA National Wildlife Research Center to learn more about invasive species on the Refuge. Citizen scientists assist us in gaining current information about the winter distribution and abundance of migratory birds and insects such as the monarch butterfly.

A Special Use Permit is required for scientific research projects. Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System website for NWRS Special Use Permits.