88 W. McIntyre Street, Suite 200, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Welcome to the
Citizen Scientist Project

Our mission is to have citizen and professional scientists monitor and protect resources and to share information on the most critical natural resources of Key Biscayne and Virginia Key.

Established by the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, the Citizen Scientist Project seeks to have Key residents work with professional scientists to achieve four goals:

  1. Learn about the natural resources of Key Biscayne and Virginia Key;
  2. Experience the natural resources of the Key through participation in field trips;
  3. Participate in citizen scientist projects, which are directed at protecting the natural resources of the Island; and
  4. Suggest projects for the Citizen Scientist Project.

Citizen Scientist Project Lab

Learn About Key Biscayne

Learn about the mature and wildlife of Key Biscayne with these articles written and compiled by scientists, professionals, and student interns from University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Explore Key Biscayne

Virtually explore Key Biscayne and the surrounding area with our interactive maps highlighting each of our seven resources: Beaches, Coral Reefs Green Spaces, Mangroves, Pathways, Seagrasses, and Waterways.

Record Your Findings

Record your findings by uploading your photographs of Key Biscayne nature and wildlife; submitting answers to our Relevant Environmental Questions; and/or sharing your bird sighting observations via our Bird Recorder.

Review the Observations

Review all of the photographic observations made by citizen scientists, professional scientists, student, and interns. This map visualizes user submitted photographs and data to the Citizen Scientist Project’s GIS database.

Get Involved

Citizen Scientist Project’s Programs


Key Challenge

The Key Challenge is an island-wide initiative directed at increasing student’s appreciation and knowledge of the island’s natural resources.


Sea Level Rise

As an island community, the effects of changes in climate have special significance for the Key Biscayne, such as flooding, salt water intrusion, and king tides.


Water Watch

The Water Watch is a community-based volunteer water quality monitoring program working with the UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension Program.


Reef Restoration

Working with UM’s coral restoration lab, Reef Restoration propagates threatened Caribbean staghorn coral in underwater coral nurseries.


CSP Lecture Series

The Citizen Scientist Project’s Lecture Series is an ongoing monthly lecture series hosted on Key Biscayne, and the Series is open & free to the public.


CSP Field Activities

The Water Watch is a community-based volunteer water quality monitoring program working with the UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension Program.

News & Posts

Irula tribesmen chase pythons in the Everglades

Renown for their snake-hunting abilities, the Irula tribesmen of India have been hired by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to help hunt and remove Burmese pythons from various areas, including the Everglades.  Within a week, they were able to catch 13 pythons.  FWC hopes that they may be able to learn new methods…

hot weather
Hey Florida, get ready for less perfect weather as 2016 marks record heat

Thank you, climate change: More bad news for South Florida. Not only will 2016 go down as the warmest year across the globe, but places like South Florida will likely see a drop in mild weather, the kind of days with near-perfect temperatures hovering between 64 and 86 degrees and little humidity. On Wednesday, NASA…

FPL pipeline, solar push mark new year

Central Florida’s energy picture for 2017 – a mosaic of controversy, new direction and uncertainty for power bills – includes: •The election of President Donald Trump, casting doubt on the steps by Barack Obama to fight climate change, including a proposal to reduce emissions from electric plants such as those owned by the city of…

CSP Events

20 Apr: A Plastic Ocean

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science hosts Debris Free Oceans in a screening of A Plastic Ocean “ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FILMS OF OUR TIME” – DAVID ATTENBOROUGH Please join us for an evening to learn about the global issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. Free beer provided by Sailfish…

19 Apr: Community Lecture: Marine Debris: Impacts and Solutions

Marine Debris: Impacts and Solutions (Part of a Debris Free Oceans 2-Day Event April 19-20) Tracy Nolan obtained her Masters of Professional Science degree from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, in May of 2016. She has spent the majority of the last three years focusing on plastic pollution research,…

A Special Thanks to the

Citizen Scientist Project’s Partners