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

CSP Lecture Topics

What is a Citizen Scienctist?

If you go to Google and type in citizen science, you will get over two million hits. So what is a this anyway? You may have heard it on the radio or read about it in the paper, but what is it really? Citizen science is a way for you, the general public, to be directly involved in the process of scientific data collection and be engaged in scientific thinking. The purpose is to have volunteers beachesbecome amateur scientists while working with a group of professional scientists. See our article in the Learn section.

Bill Baggs State Park

Dr. Elizabeth Golden talks to us about Bill Baggs State Park. The State Park has a unique history and a number of natural resources that the public can utilize! Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is the home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, and is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Visitors come to the park to sunbathe, swim and picnic on more than one mile of sandy Atlantic beachfront, currently ranked #7 on the list of “Top 10 Beaches in America” by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka ‘Dr. Beach.’ Biking and kayaking are popular activities.

Changing by Degrees – The Fate of Coral Reef Ecosystems in an Era of Climate Change

Dr. Andrew Baker’s lecture about the declining health of coral reefs around the world, and how research at the Rosenstiel School can help understand, prevent, and reverse these declines. The lecture discusses the effects of climate change on coral reefs, in particular the phenomenon of coral ‘bleaching’, and the question of whether corals can adapt to increasing temperatures and ocean acidification. See our article in the Learn section.

Hurricane Season & Forecasting

A lecture on the general topic of Atlantic hurricanes by Dr. Aberson will be presented. The presentation will include the current information we have about these destructive events. June 1st every year marks the start of Hurricane Season, and no, we do not mean the UM football season. It’s the time of year when we all should be making sure we have our hurricane kit ready so we do not need to scramble at the last minute. This will last through November 30th and hopefully no longer, though that has happened in the past. See our article in the Learn section.

Invasive Species in Key Biscayne & South Florida

Tom Jackson discusses Invasive Species! Tom is employed by NOAA as a fisheries biologist but is a wealth of knowledge about invasive species. Invasive species are a problem that we all see on a daily basis.

Marine Invertebrate Identification

This course will introduce you to the most common sea sponges, octocorals (soft corals), crustaceans, echinoderms and mollusks that you’re likely to encounter when diving or snorkeling on southeast Florida coral reefs. A test will be administered at the end of the class and all participants will receive a resource CD-ROM of images from the course for future reference.

REEF Fish Identification

REEF Fish Identification: A beginner course that teaches the basics of “fishwatching” including identification of 50 commonly sighted species found in the tropical western Atlantic. All materials provided. An evaluation will be conducted at the end of the training. Anyone scoring an 80% or better on the test and who goes on to complete two fish surveys will become an Experience Level 2 volunteer for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF).

Seagrass Workshop

The Key Biscayne Citizen Scientist Project’s preliminary volunteer workshop about seagrass community surveys which teaches you, the residents of Key Biscayne,
about the Seagrass Community and training you how to successfully monitor this ecosystem as a Citizen Scientist without professional scientists present. With a corps of Citizen Scientists, we will be able to effectively continue the monitoring the health of the seagrasses on Key Biscayne.

Stony Coral Identification

This course will introduce you to roughly thirty species of stony corals that are found within Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties. A knowledge review will be administered at the end of the class and all participants will receive a resource CD-ROM of images from the course for future reference.

Youth Fishing Clinic

The Youth Fishing Clinic is designed to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children about Florida’s marine ecosystems. Kids will learn about the animals that live in our marine environment, how to tie a knot and bait a hook, fishing regulations, proper casting and release techniques. Most importantly, this event will serve as a way for the community to learn more about becoming a Citizen Scientist.