Native Plant Restoration

Coastal Plant Restoration

Florida Oceanographic Society is currently working to improve habitat quality in the area between the Game Fish Lagoon and the mangrove fringe. This area has become overrun with several invasive and non-native species, such as Torpedo Grass, Star Grass, Brazilian Pepper, and Leadwood Trees. Some non-native plants brought into Florida for landscaping or agricultural purposes have proved to be too successful. These species have invaded natural and conservation lands, crowding out native species and reducing food and reproductive resources for native animals and migrating birds. By restoring native plant species to this area we hope to provide more living space for insects, birds and animals on our site and improve the visitor experience.
Seagrass Restoration

Kathryn Tiling is currently conducting part of her dissertation project in a portion of the game fish lagoon here at Florida Oceanographic Society.

The study is to determine the role of genotypic diversity in disturbance response of seagrass and associated communities. Each tray currently represents different genotypes and is naturally colonized by organisms found in this display. Experiments are being conducted with these trays to evaluate genetic diversity effects on:

  1. seagrass growth
  2. associated communities utilization (e.g., snails, shrimp, fishes, etc.), and
  3. response to disturbances (e.g., propeller scarring etc.).

The outcome of this research will be utilized to improve future seagrass restoration projects.  Many species of marine life utilize seagrass beds as feeding grounds and nursery areas.

View the video below for more information about this project.