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
Plenaster craigi grows on metal-filled rocks that are a target for mining The deep waters of the East Pacific hold an unprepossessing treasure trove: potato-sized lumps of rock that contain valuable metals such as manganese, cobalt and copper. Turns out, such…
It is almost a month since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, yet nearly 80 per cent of the island is still without electrical power and more than 30 per cent of people there don’t have access to potable drinking water. The…
Global survey finds neonicotinoids in three-fourths of samples Neonicotinoid pesticides are turning up in honey on every continent with honeybees. The first global honey survey testing for these controversial nicotine-derived pesticides shows just how widely honeybees are exposed to 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…