Coastal Lecture Series

Join us throughout the winter for eight thought-provoking lectures focused on topics that are relevant to everyone who lives in coastal Florida. These science and conservation-themed lectures will be held from 6:30-7:45 pm on select TUESDAYS during January, February, and March (please note that the Florida Oceanographic Society Lecture Series is switching from Monday nights to Tuesday nights this year).

January 7th , January 14th, January 21st

February 4th, February 11th, February 25th

March 3rd, March 10th

January 7

Mark your calendars – Florida Oceanographic Society’s Coastal Lecture Series returns to the Blake Library on Tuesday, January 7th with an eye-opening presentation by internationally acclaimed author and sea level rise expert John Englander.

Take a look at the speakers from 2019 

scientist holding gopher tortoise
January 28, 2019

Ecology and Conservation of Gopher Tortoises along the Atlantic Coast of Southeastern Florida

Sea turtles are not Florida's only special turtles! Discover the surprising role that gopher tortoises - the ultimate animal landlords - play in the health of Florida's ecosystems. 

Presented by:  Jon Moore, Ph.D., Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Researcher on the lagoon
February 4, 2019

Endangered Fishes of the St. Lucie River:  The Opossum Pipefish and Bigmouth Sleeper's Struggle for Survival

Learn about the rare and endangered fish species that call the St. Lucie River home, and how years of polluted freshwater discharge are threatening their existence. 

Presented by:  Grant Gilmore, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Estuarine Coastal and Ocean Science, Inc.

blue-green algae inside the Indian River Lagoon
February 11, 2019

2018 - Another "Lost Summer" of Lake Okeechobee Discharges and Toxic Cyanobacteria, but All Hope is Not Lost

The Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River are in trouble!  Get an update on last year's cyanobacteria blooms and Lake Okeechobee discharges, and find out what the future holds for fixing these problems. 

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

illustration of a spanish ship
February 18, 2019

The 1715 Plata Fleet

Find out how the Treasure Coast got its nickname by exploring the story of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet that wrecked on our shores during a hurricane more than 300 years ago.  

Presented by:  Ron Frazer, Professor of History, Indian River State College

Goliath grouper
March 4, 2019

Dive in to learn more about goliath grouper and the important roles these gentle giants play on Treasure Coast reefs and wrecks.

Presented by:  Chris Stallings, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of South Florida

Scientist holding a shark
March 11, 2019

Movements and Habitat Needs of Sharks and Sportfish off East Florida:  Insights from Traditional Sampling and Emerging Technologies

Join a NASA biologist to see how technology is being used to track sharks and gamefish in and around the vast protected area surrounding the Kennedy Space Center complex.

Presented by:  Eric Reyier, Ph.D., Fisheries Biologist, Kennedy Space Center Ecological Program

Scientist administering a shot to wildlife
March 18, 2019

Wildlife, Environmental, and Human Health along the Indian River Lagoon

With the Indian River Lagoon under relentless environmental attack, see how ongoing research is linking human health, marine mammal health, and environmental health in our watery backyard.  

Presented by:  Adam Schaefer, M.P.H., Epidemiologist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute