Suggested Research Topics

Current Priority Topics

  • Terrestrial invasives
  • Niagara escarpment ecology
  • Bat habitat and dynamics
  • Campground air quality
  • Trail use allocation, including ski and snowmobile trails

Natural Resources

  • Amphibia Inventory – Research grant awarded 2012
  • Bat Surveys, Including Migration and Hibernation Along the Niagara Escarpment
  • Black Ash Swamp Flora and Fauna, including Emerald Ash Borer Beetle
  • Breeding Fish Inventory
  • Deer Exclosure Study – Research grant awarded 2011
  • Dragonfly and Damselfly Inventory
  • Effects on Species Diversity and Hydrology from Causeway Structures at Weborg Marsh
  • Grasses, Sedges and Rushes Inventory at Weborg Marsh
  • Habitat Comparison of Yellow Lady’s-Slippers (Cypripedium parviflorum var.)
  • Lake Iris (Iris lacustris) Plot Study – Research grant awarded 2013
  • Niagara Escarpment Ferns and Fern Allies Inventory
  • Niagara Escarpment Plant Diversity, Including Presence of Invasive Species
  • Reforestation Following Removal of Diseased Trees

Cultural Resources

  • Charles E. Brown Papers (1889-1945) Survey with Emphasis on Peninsula and Simon Kahquados
  • Comparison of Existing Trails System to Historic Trails (post 1909)
  • Compositional Analysis of Ceramic Materials from Shanty Bay – Research grant awarded 2012
  • GPS Mapping of Historical Features
  • Plat Maps and Historic Land Use Records Survey
  • Art and Artists Associated with Peninsula State Park Study


  • Bicyclist Demographics and Trail Improvements
  • Effects of Species Diversity at High Recreational Use Sites
  • Seasonal Trail System Use Study
  • Sunset Bicycle Trail Design, Use and Safety Needs Review
  • Training Methods for Front-Line Staff Study

Visitors and Use

  • Camper Demographics and Amenities Survey
  • Cost/Benefit Analysis of Electric Sites
  • Educational Program Participation Records Analysis
  • Investigation of Impact of Camping on Familial Relationships
  • Nature Center Visitor Demographics and Interests Survey
  • Park Visitation and Carrying Capacity Analysis During High Use Months
  • Visitor Feedback Survey


  • Air Quality Monitoring in Campgrounds
  • Park Signage Study with Emphasis on Visitor Orientation, Rules and Regulations, and Safety
  • Pets and Campgrounds Communication Methods Analysis