Research & Restoration

The Florida Oceanographic Society is leading efforts in research, monitoring and restoring habitats in South Florida, particularly in the southern portion of the Indian River Lagoon. The Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most bio-diverse estuary, home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including 36 rare and endangered species. A key component of our programs is the involvement of the community in our efforts. We coordinate several programs in which volunteers are directly involved in research and data collection. This information is then disseminated directly to our local community. It is our hope that these "citizen science” programs foster not only knowledge, but stewardship of our treasured ecosystems in Florida.
To learn more about our research department, call 772-225-0505, ext. 112 or e-mail

Upcoming Research Events

Oyster Shell Bagging

Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2015, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Research Events
Summary: We will be bagging oyster shell in preparation for oyster reef construction. We will meet at the Coastal Center (in the parking lot) at 9am. Please wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops please!) and if possible please bring a refillable water bottle. Gloves and light snacks will be provided. We will work for approximately 1.5-2 hours. Come on out and help restore our river! For more info, please contact Karla at ext. 104 more…

Oyster Shell Deployment

Date: Sat, Sep 12, 2015, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Help restore oyster reefs. Wear closed toe shoes that can go in water. Location is at Indian Riverside Park near the Mansion. Contact Karla George at 772-225-0505 ext. 104 more…

Seagrass Survey

Date: Fri, Sep 25, 2015, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Help us document short and long-term trends in seagrass health and determine how those trends are attributable to changes in environmental conditions. It all begins with our monthly seagrass survey. Wear closed toe shoes and bring a mask and snorkel (weight belt if you have one). There are lots of other jobs to do - join us even if you don’t want to snorkel! Meet in the Coastal Center Parking lot at 9:00am more…