Projects and Research


Seal Beach NWR strongly encourages and supports research that benefits Refuge Management and does not detract from the mission, goals, or objectives of the refuge.
Currently, much of the FWS funded research on the Refuge is focused on: 
•  climate change climate change
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

Learn more about climate change

•  sea level rise, 
•  land subsidence, 
•  and long-term sustainability of the Refuge’s habitats and species. 

The goal is to protect and enhance Refuge populations of endangered species while also ensuring the conservation of other fish, wildlife, and plants for future generations of Americans. 

Current research supported by the Refuge but funded and carried out by other agencies or organizations include the following: 
•  green sea turtle distribution and abundance, 
•  tiger beetle distribution and abundance, 
•  round stingray studies (genetics, distribution, contaminants, electronic recognition, & parasites), 
•  California least tern geolocator study, 
•  historical tsunami deposit study, 
•  marine invertebrate distribution and abundance, 
•  fish distribution and abundance, 
•  and small mammal distribution and abundance.  

SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project

Learn how by working together with program partners we are helping city-dwelling communities re-connect with nature and building stewards for the environment.