Science

Brittany Barbara, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), deploys a baited platform equipped with GoPro cameras to "spy" on fish living in rare hard-bottom habitats in Tampa Bay. The stinky bait attracts fish to come within camera range, giving scientists...

Scientists in Tampa Bay are using remote underwater video cameras to "spy" on fish living in rare "hardbottom" habitats -- reef and rubble areas with soft corals, brightly colored sponges and limestone outcroppings. A cage of stinky bait is attached to one end of the...

A woman views the planet Venus through Greg Simpson's 11-inch telescope in Gulfport earlier this year, during that city's  monthly "Art Walks." Greg says he sets up his telescope there to share the beauty of the night sky twice a month, weather permitting. Photo by Greg...

A visitor to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg views the moon through Greg Simpson's 11-inch telescope during "Astronomy Night" at the preserve this past January. Photo by Greg Simpson....

What was previously a forest of invasive Brazilian pepper along Upper Tampa Bay was restored with salt marsh grasses, mangroves, sea grapes and other native coastal plants thanks to funding from the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund and nearly 200 volunteers from Tampa Bay Estuary Program,...

Took this pic of Great Blue Heron at the Florida Birding and Nature Festival. – Nancy Pease...

Tampa Bay is Science. Ray Dennis, and his kids, Sydni and Jacob, help record seagrass species information along a monitoring transect near the MacDill AFB peninsula. They recorded nice Halodule (shoal grass) & Syringodium (manatee grass) beds, as well as, many sightings of small bonnethead sharks. –...

Eager for a change of scenery, Kris Kaufman left Ohio after high school to study environmental sciences in the Rocky Mountains.  Serendipity knocked in her sophomore year at the University of Colorado. A summer abroad diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef immersed her in a new...

Every August volunteers snorkel in underwater seagrasses in lower Tampa Bay looking for bay scallops. The Great Bay Scallop Search, hosted by Tampa Bay Watch, helps scientists track progress in restoring scallops to the bay.  Adults and kids of all ages love to float above the grasses...

Protecting the vulnerable waterbirds that nest on coastal islands in the greater Tampa Bay region is a labor of love for Audubon Florida wardens Ann Paul and Mark Rachel. The pair is continuing an Audubon legacy in Tampa Bay that dates to 1934. Together they safeguard...