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

These unicorns of the sea may face more human disturbance as sea ice declines in The Arctic. M P HEIDE JORDENSEN
Narwhal escape: Whales freeze and flee when frightened

Scientists who fitted heart rate-monitoring tags to Arctic narwhals have discovered a strange paradox in how the animals respond to threats. When these tusked whales are frightened, their hearts slow, but at the same time they swim quickly to escape….

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

Marine life is facing “irreparable damage” from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned.   “This is a planetary crisis… we are ruining the ecosystem of the…

CSP Events

October 28: A.D. Barnes Park Bird Walk

Bill Boeringer will lead birders through A.D. Barnes Park. Enter on SW 72nd Ave. just north of Bird Rd. (SW 40th St.), turn left at the T intersection and park in spaces on either side of the road.  Meet at…

October 21: Eco-Restoration Day at our Steinberg Nature Center

From Tropical Audubon Society: “Want to learn about native plants, help Tropical maintain our native landscape at the Steinberg Nature Center at Doc Thomas House and get your hands dirty? We need you! Eco-Restoration Days are held every third Saturday…

A Special Thanks to the

Citizen Scientist Project’s Partners