Coastal Lecture Series


Mark your Calendars!  

Florida Oceanographic Society’s 2018 Coastal Lecture Series kicks off on January 8th with an eye-opening presentation by Dr. Steve Davis, wetland ecologist with the Everglades Foundation. This year’s theme is “Organisms, Ecosystems, and the Human Connection.” Join us for eight exciting and thought-provoking environmental lectures featuring topics relevant to everyone living in our coastal communities. These free lectures are held at the Blake Library in Stuart from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on select Mondays from January through March. 

The 2017 Coastal Lecture Series was a huge success thanks to your support. More than 1,400 attendees enjoyed lectures covering a diverse and exciting range of topics, outlined below. Click on each speaker's photo for more information. 
2018 Coastal Lecture Series:

   January 8th

   State of The Everglades: 2015 - 2017 (It's Been       a Rough Few Years) 

   Find out how Florida’s treasured Everglades and         Florida Bay are holding up despite a constant               attack from drought, flooding, hurricanes,                     seagrass die-offs, and algal blooms.

   Presented by: Steve Davis, Ph.D., Ecologist,               Everglades Foundation 


  January 22nd

   Right Whales in Peril: How You Can Help 

   Dive in to learn about the endangered North                 Atlantic right whales that use our coastline as a           critical wintertime calving area.

   Presented by: Julie Albert, North Atlantic Right             Whale Program, Marine Resources Council  


   February 5th

    Past, Present, and Future of American                      Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) in Florida 

    Florida’s flamingos weren’t always plastic! Learn          about the disappearance of these iconic birds              from the state of Florida, and how scientists are          using technology to track their slow return.

    Presented by: Steven Whitfield, Ph.D.,                          Conservation Biologist, Zoo Miami 


   February 12th

    Harmful Algal Blooms in South Florida: the            Environmental Causes and Human Health              Consequences  

    “Toxic algae” has become an everyday phrase in         the Treasure Coast. Discover the causes of                 Florida’s toxic algae blooms, as well as the                   potential effects of toxic algae on human health.

    Presented by: Larry Brand, Ph.D., Professor,                University of Miami 


   February 19th

    Looking Ahead: One Lagoon 

    Trouble in our own backyard? See how the Indian        River Lagoon Estuary and St. Lucie River have            been affected by recent freshwater discharges,            algae blooms, and seagrass die-offs. 

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

    Duane De Freese, Ph.D., Executive Director,              Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program



  March 5th

   With baited breath: Predator jaws and the prey       that keeps us casting

   For anglers and fish lovers alike, discover the               complex interactions between predatory fish and         their prey, learn about the importance of forage           fish species, and find out how climate change             may affect the fisheries we value.

   Presented by: Justin Grubich, Ph.D., Research           Associate, The Field Museum of Natural History 



   March 12th

    Hurricanes in the 21st Century 

    More storms to come?  Find out how hurricane            intensity, frequency, and size may be affected by          earth’s changing climate.

    Presented by: Hugh Willoughby, Ph.D., Professor,        Florida International University 


   March 19th

    Exploring Marine Biodiversity for New                      Medicines 

    A pharmacy from the sea – learn about the                  pharmaceutical breakthroughs that scientists are        discovering in corals, sponges, and other deep-          sea creatures.

    Presented by: Amy Wright, Ph.D., Professor,                Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute