Coastal Lecture Series

The 2021 Coastal Lecture Series is going virtual!!!

Join us every Tuesday evening, from January 5th through March 9th, as we use Zoom to stream world-class live lectures right into the comfort of your home.  These free lectures will keep you connected with science and the environment, even though COVID-19 has temporarily suspended our traditional in-person get togethers.  You will experience the same fantastic caliber of speakers that you’ve come to expect from the Coastal Lecture Series, but without the added risk of gathering in a social setting.  Lectures will be held from 6:30-7:45 pm.  Check back soon – a full schedule will be posted below by early January.  If you have any questions, please contact Director of Education Dr. Zack Jud at zjud@floridaocean.org.

Last year’s Coastal Lecture Series broke our all-time attendance record, with more than 1,700 guests in attendance.  By using technology to reach a broader audience, we hope to see even more of you as regulars in our “virtual audience” this year.

See below to watch all of last year’s Coastal Lecture Series presentations: 

John
January 7, 2020

Sea Level Rise - Fact and Fiction

With coastal Florida already feeling the effects of sea level rise, find out how small changes in sea level might impact our state – and the rest of the planet – in the not-to-distant future.  This eye-opening crash course on sea level rise will provide a clear and easy to understand summary of the risks associated with increased flooding due to rising seas, extreme tides, and severe storms, as well as suggestions for “intelligent adaptation” to live in a flood-prone world.

Presented by: John Englander, Internationally Recognized Oceanographer, Author, and Sea Level Rise Expert

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Mark Perry
January 14, 2020

Hope for Healthier Waters in the Sunshine State: Update 2019

Get caught up on the current health of our local waterways, and see how larger efforts to restore the Everglades are progressing.  Florida’s waters have faced a few difficult years in a row, but 2019 was different.  Positive changes in the management of Lake Okeechobee resulted in cleaner waters in our coastal estuaries this summer.  Florida’s voters have asked for healthier water, and we’re finally seeing movement in the right direction. 

Presented by: Mark Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society

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Sandy Thurlow
JANUARY 21, 2020

Images Documenting the History of Hutchinson Island

Our island paradise has seen many changes over the last 100+ years.  Step back in time to see what Hutchinson Island looked like before condominiums replaced oak hammocks, as viewed through the eyes of Sandy’s personal collection of incredible historical photos and gifted storytelling.

Presented by:  Sandy Thurlow, Noted Author and Historian

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Dr. Ellen Prager
February 4, 2020

The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter

Dive in to learn more about some of the oceans’ weirdest, wackiest, most wonderful – and most important – creatures.  Laugh while you learn about strange and fascinating organisms, their bizarre lifestyles, and why marine species are critical to both the ocean and human society. Based on the book Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime, this talk takes an entertaining look at marine biodiversity, its relevance to the average person, and why ocean life is now at risk.

Presented by: Dr. Ellen Prager, Internationally Recognized Marine Scientist and Author

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Dr. Michael Grace
February 11, 2020

Light in the Sea: Extremes of Vision in Marine Giants

Did you know that Tarpon see in color far better than people do, while right whales cannot see color at all and may be blind in bright light?  Some of the most charismatic marine megafauna - giants of the sea - are shedding new light on the mechanisms of vision in animals and people.  See how vision in large marine animals differs from human vision, and how insights into marine vision may help us understand visual disorders in humans. 

Presented by:  Dr. Michael Grace, Professor Emeritus, Florida Institute of Technology

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Erick Ault
FEBRUARY 25, 2020

FWC Tequesta Field Laboratory – Local Research, Monitoring and More

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Tequesta Field Laboratory is conducting amazing fish and wildlife research right in our backyard.  Learn about the history of the lab and the work currently being conducted by FWC scientists in our region, with a focus on tracking the movements, behaviors, and population dynamics of some of our favorite marine gamefish species – research that helps to drive critical management decisions.

Presented by: Erick Ault, Research Administrator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Dr. Jon Moore
March 3, 2020

Deepwater Horizon – Ten Years Later

Discover the lasting impacts of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill on the unique and important deep sea creatures that call the Gulf of Mexico home.  This research work, which started nearly a decade ago, will give us a glimpse into the secret lives of bizarre fish and invertebrates that live thousands of feet below the surface of the Gulf – species that were at ground zero in the days and years following the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Presented by: Dr. Jon Moore, Professor, Florida Atlantic University

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Dr. Stephen Kajiura
March 10, 2020

The boys are back in town: Seasonal aggregations of blacktip sharks in southeast Florida

Every winter, thousands of blacktip sharks migrate to coastal waters in south Florida.  While it’s not uncommon to see these sharks leaping and spinning in the air just off our beaches, the reason they choose to winter in our part of Florida is the focus of much scientific research.  See how scientists are tracking the movements of these important predators, and how climate change may affect their migratory patterns. 

Presented by:  Dr. Stephen Kajiura, Professor, Florida Atlantic University

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