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The Coastal Research Center is open with reduced capacity in response to Covid-19 risk.

As of 3 June 2020

To request a visit or use of station resources, contact the Site Director – Cora Johnston – at coraj@virginia.edu or (757) 620-7016 (text or call).

Please review our Station Policies with regard to operations under COVID-19 restrictions.


Staff continue to work off site and can be reached by email or phone (see staff info at the bottom of this page).

You can visit UVA’s website to read the University of Virginia’s complete set of policies in response to Covid-19.


Writers: The writer’s workshop scheduled for late April has been canceled. We will be in touch soon with more details.

Artists: We are making plans to continue with the ghost forest collective, though scheduling remains tentative. Invited artists have been notified.


Thank you for your patience and understanding. Updates will be posted here as they become available.



Welcome to the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center (ABCRC) of the University of Virginia!

  boat buildings lab

The field station provides laboratory and dormitory facilities, logistics and technical support to visiting ABCRC researchers from various institutions and agencies. Field station personnel maintain the site, conduct collaborative research with other researchers, collect data from meteorological stations, tide gauges, well transects and water level recorders. The staff are here to support your research, logistics to and from research sites, integration of GPS surveys (both kinematic and static), assisting in laboratory facilities and availability and housing/dormitory requirements.

Consult the menus (above) for additional information and resources. You can also view an interactive map showing ABCRC sites and facilities.

To inquire about visits and facility use, please contact the Site Director – Cora Johnston (coraj@virginia.edu).

ABCRC News

A Sea Change for the Eastern Shore of Virginia

The UVA Arts & Sciences Magazine has a story about UVA Graduate Student Victoria Long and her family history on the Eastern Shore, extending back 400 years and its relation to rising sea level. You can see it at: http://give.as.virginia.edu/news/story/sea-change-eastern-shore

UVA Field Station Seagrass Research Highlighted

The LTER Network News features a new story on “Can seagrass meadows mitigate climate change?” that focuses on VCR LTER, operating out of the ABCRC, research examining how seagrass impact the global carbon cycle. The article is at: https://lternet.edu/stories/seagrass-meadows-climate-change

Staff Contacts

At present we have four staff members in residence on the Eastern Shore who can be contacted by calling the ABCRC Field Station (757-331-1246) during regular work hours  or  using the cell phone and e-mail information below:

Staff cell phone number e-mail
Cora A. Johnston, Site Director 757-620-7016 coraj@virginia.edu
Donna Fauber, Office Manager 757-331-1246 dhf4k@virginia.edu
David Lee, Research Specialist 443-604-3978 ddl5e@virginia.edu
Jonah Morreale, Research Specialist 757-621-3519 jm7ux@virginia.edu