Learn about important marine conservation projects at the upcoming meeting of the Key Deer Protection Alliance in Big Pine Key, FL. Dr. Caroly Shumway, REEF Executive Director, will present "Marine Life, Citizen Science, and Connections."

Dr. Shumway will share what REEF does, highlight the importance and fun of being a citizen scientist, and show how fish link land, freshwater, and the sea. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Key Largo, REEF works with volunteers, scientists, and partner organizations worldwide. With protecting biodiversity and ocean life as a key part of its mission, REEF actively engages the public through citizen science and education, encouraging snorkelers and SCUBA divers to participate in ongoing fish surveys.

A recent transplant to the Keys, Dr. Shumway brings sterling credentials to her position. As a third-generation oceanographer and self-described fish geek, she has 27 years of experience in marine and freshwater conservation, research, policy, and education.

This presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.