The Coastal Research Center (CRC) provides coastal zone management (CZM) studies for Municipal, State, and Federal agencies, and private interests along the Jersey Shore. Since its inception, the CRC has functioned as a training ground and teaching facility for Stockton students and successful graduates who have used the CRC as a stepping-stone to public- and private-sector jobs. Former CRC employees are positioned in the US Army Corps of Engineers, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, various agencies and academic institutions in other states, as well as numerous private coastal consulting firms.
The CRC is housed by Stockton’s Marine Science and Environmental Field Station. The CRC utilizes office space in Building 504 and research space in the Teaching and Physical Sciences Laboratories (Buildings 501 & 502). The CRC also utilizes the research vessel fleet and other field equipment for projects that require near-shore surveying beyond the distances capable by swimming.
The CRC originated in 1981 to assist the Borough of Avalon, NJ, with coastal environmental problems caused by recurring storm damage and shoreline retreat. In 1986, following oceanfront damage caused by nor’easter storms and Hurricane Gloria in 1984-85, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection commissioned the CRC to design and run a long-term shoreline monitoring and assessment program. In response, the CRC created the New Jersey Beach Profile Network and established over 100 sites along the oceanfront to perform bi-annual surveying of dune, beach and nearshore topography, and monitoring of seasonal and annual coastal and shoreline change. By 1996, the CRC had become the State’s designated resource for geotechnical data and studies on a wide variety of issues impacting New Jersey’s 43 coastal communities.
Since 2000, the CRC has broadened its activities into regional-scale coastal zone management, development, and environmental & economic issues, and is becoming involved in larger coastal zone management studies and data collection projects related to permitting issues (Federal and State) and engineering project planning and decision-making. Today the CRC carries out about 20 research projects and service contracts a year and operates with an annual budget of well over a half Million dollars.
Dr. Stewart C. Farrell, Professor of Marine Geology at Stockton, is the Founder and Director of the CRC. Steven Hafner, a graduate of Stockton College, is Program Coordinator and responsible for CRC field activities. Crist Robine, also a Stockton College graduate, is the CRC geotechnical and coastal sedimentology specialist. In addition, the CRC employs a number of students and recent graduates as technical staff. Eileen Linzner is the CRC Office Manager.