Great Marsh

Great Marsh, located in the Upper North Shore of Massachusetts, is the largest wetland-dominated estuary in New England. The area spans over 20,000 acres and is internationally recognized as vital habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and endangered species. The Novak Lab in partnership with a broad coalition of local entities – the “Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership” (GMRP) are working together to reduce the growing vulnerability of communities within the Great Marsh from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, and erosion by strengthening the resiliency of the ecological systems upon which those communities depend.  The Novak Lab is currently directing 3 projects:



Eelgrass Restoration




Green Crabs



Green Crab Research




marsh bank




Marsh Edge Erosion







Seagrasses are marine angiosperms found in shallow coastal waters along every continent except Antarctica. They form extensive meadows that provide important ecosystem services, including storing carbon, improving water quality, providing food and habitat, and acting as a biological indicator of coastal conditions.

leaf reddening




Leaf Reddening







Blue Carbon