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

Seagrass Collection Workshop

Date: Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Join Dr. Tiling for this small-group event to learn about seagrass importance and the habitat restoration efforts happening at Florida Oceanographic Society. After a short classroom discussion, we will visit local shorelines to look for seagrass fragments, the first step in the restoration process. Please bring water. more…

Oyster Shell Bagging

Date: Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Attention oyster volunteers! Join us for an oyster shell bagging at 9 a.m. at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and help bag oyster shells that will eventually be deployed into the Indian River Lagoon for restoration. Please wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothing and bring a reusable water bottle. Gloves provided. Participants not wearing closed toe shoes will not be allowed to participate for liability/safety reasons. more…