The Marine Metre Squared project (Mm2) is a citizen science initiative where volunteers gather data for scientists to analyze. In this project volunteers develop a meter-square observation site on a beach and monitor the diversity of living things found there on an ongoing basis. Everyone who takes part needs to follow the evidence-gathering protocols developed by the scientists (register and see site for more details). These protocols are designed provide an accessible opportunity for students to develop their capabilities in critiquing evidence-gathering methodologies.
The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago, encourages participation in this long-term monitoring of plants, animals and other aspects of the marine environment.