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, Dec 4, 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…