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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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