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:
- Learn about the natural resources of Key Biscayne and Virginia Key;
- Experience the natural resources of the Key through participation in field trips;
- Participate in citizen scientist projects, which are directed at protecting the natural resources of the Island; and
- 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.
Citizen Scientist Project’s Programs
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.
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.
News & Posts
Douglas McCauley works with tools like Global Fishing Watch to engage the public in the future of the oceans. Douglas McCauley, a marine biologist at UC Santa Barbara, has been drawn to the ocean for as long as he can remember….
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….
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…
When: October 28th – 29th, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Where: Clyde & Niki Butcher Big Cypress Gallery 52388 Tamiami Trail Ochopee, FL 34141 United States RSVP here.
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…
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…