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UVA’s CRC welcomes the 2022 cohort of undergraduate VCR LTER researchers, beginning in early June!


As of Summer 2021, the Coastal Research Center is open to researchers and classes from UVA and beyond with COVID safety precautions in place.

COVID Policy Update:

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


A glimpse of station life with VCR LTER

We envision VCR LTER and the Coastal Research Center as a thriving research community where both our scientists’ identities and their research projects are fully supported.



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 – Amelie Berger (acb4rk@virginia.edu).

ABCRC News

2022 REU opportunities at the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER

Applications are due noon ET on February 8th. National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available with the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research (VCR-LTER) program for summer 2022. VCR-LTER researchers study patterns and mechanisms of ecosystem function, connectivity, and state changes in the coastal barrier system – from mainland marshes to …

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:

Staffcell phone numbere-mail
Amelie Berger, Acting Site Director757-641-0492acb4rk@virginia.edu
Donna Fauber, Office Manager757-618-7196dhf4k@virginia.edu
Sophia Hoffman, Research Specialist757-607-6281pbe8et@virginia.edu
Jonah Morreale, Research Specialist757-621-3519 jm7ux@virginia.edu
Tom Burkett, Research Specialist757-607-6277pnj9ud@virginia.edu 
Gunnar Gustafson, Seasonal Assistant757-607-6275tkf3hn@virginia.edu