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 Reef Deployment

Date: Fri, Jul 22, 2016, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Join us by kayak, canoe or paddle board for an oyster reef deployment in the Indian River Lagoon. Paddlers are invited to help deploy shells from a floating barge along the west side of the lagoon. Subject to cancellation based on water quality. Boat space is limited. Please RSVP to Josh Mills at or call (772) 225-0505 ext. 120 more…

Seagrass Survey

Date: Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: The Florida Oceanographic Seagrass Training Education Restoration (FOSTER) Program is looking for volunteers!! Help us document short and long-term trends in seagrass health and determine how those trends are attributable to changes in environmental conditions. more…

REEF Great Annual Fish Count

Date: Fri, Jul 29, 2016, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Participate in a nation-wide fish survey. First, learn to identify the top 20 fish you might find at Bathtub Beach - then, go out as a group and count these fish! Space is limited and RSVP is required. more…