2017 Coastal Lecture Series

Florida Oceanographic Society's Coastal Lecture Series returns to the Blake Library this January!  This year's theme, "Changing Times on our Changing Coast," brings together a stellar group of speakers to discuss a broad and exciting range of topics focused on coastal Florida. 
Lectures will be held on select Mondays from January through April at 6:30 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Presentations are FREE and open to the public. 
2017 Coastal Lecture Series Schedule:
January 9

Get caught up on the algae blooms that plagued our estuaries last summer, and their link to Florida’s failing water health
Presented by: Mark Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society, and Zack Jud, Ph.D., Director of Education, Florida Oceanographic Society 

January 23

See how our water-wrapped state will deal with the frightening reality of rising sea levels
Presented by: Hal Wanless, Ph.D., Professor, University of Miami.  World-renowned expert on sea level rise

February 6

Find out how sea turtles are coping with changing climates
Presented by: Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., Professor, Florida Atlantic University

February 13

Travel back in time to see how humans have forever altered the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon
Presented by: Marty Baum, Indian Riverkeeper

February 27

Dive in to learn how coral reefs are holding up in the face of human disturbance 
Presented by: Josh Voss, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

March 13

Learn about Miami’s resilient “urban corals,” and their potential role in future coral reef restoration efforts
Presented by: Colin Foord, Marine Biologist, Coral Aquaculturist, Filmmaker, and Artist 

March 27

See how Florida Oceanographic’s habitat restoration program is creating “living shorelines” to help improve the health of our fragile estuary
Presented by: Vincent Encomio, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Research, Florida Oceanographic Society

April 3

Discover the delicate connection between stingrays, shellfish, and the health of our estuaries
Presented by: Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute