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The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by the Coastlines and Oceans Division and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys.

The series is free and open to the public. Hosted at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo, 102050 Overseas Hwy. MM 102. All events begin at 6:30 p.m. with a happy hour from 6:30 to 7:00 before the lecture.

Past Seminars

  • 2019-20
    • Aug. 22, 2019, Lad Akins, Hot off the Press! The new Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Foundation: Enhancing conservation in the Florida Keys
    • Sept. 26, 2019, Dr. Rachel Zeurcher, Mapping coral reef fisheries on the Florida Reef Tract
    • Oct. 24, 2019, Dr. Douglas Wartzok, Underwater Acoustics: Marine Mammals, Seismic, and Sonar
    • Nov. 21, 2019, Sarah Fangman, It's Complicated: Protecting the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem
  • 2018-19
    • Feb 21, 2019, Jim Fourqurean, PhD, Saving Seagrass to Save the World
    • March 28, 2019, John Berry, PhD, "Fishing" for Toxins: Using Fish as a Model System to Explore Algal Toxins in Florida Waters
    • April 25, 2019, Lorian Schweikert, PhD, Light, Color, and Vision in the Underwater World
    • May 23, 2019, Lawrence Wood, PhD, Jewels on the Reef: The Hawksbill Turtles of Florida
  • 2017-18
    • January 19, 2018, Justin Campbell, Ph.D., Biologist for the Chemical Ecology Program, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Climate Change in Coastal Environments: Linking Responses Across Multiple Scales
    • February 16, 2018, Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Quantifying Biology in the Classroom (QBIC) Program, Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, Future for Coral Reef Restoration: A Time of Ecological Crisis Requiring All Solutions to be Considered
    • March 16, 2018, Ross Boucek, Ph.D., Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Florida Keys Initiative, Past, Present and Future of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's Florida Keys Initiative
    • April 20, 2018, Jeremy Kiszka, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, Impact of Fisheries on Global Marine Mammal Populations: Are Exrinctions Now Inevitable?
    • May 25, 2018, John Stephen Kominoski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Southeast Environmental Research Center at Florida International University, Can We Keep Pace With Rising Seas? Saltwater Intrusion and Carbon Loss from Coastal Wetland Ecosystems
  • 2016-17
    • October 21, 2016, Lisa Symons, Crocker Reef Buoy #16: Coral Reef Restoration and Monitoring
    • November 18, 2016, Kathleen Rein, Ph.D., Algae Crisis: From Toledo, Ohio to Martin County, Florida. Lessons We Should Be Learning
    • January 20, 2017, Tim Collins, Ph.D., Progress in Revealing the Tree of Life
    • February 17, 2017, Thomas A. Frankovich, Ph.D., An Introduction to Florida Bay Ecology and the Seagrass Die-off Story
    • March 17, 2017, Stephen Davis, Ph.D., Sea Level Rise, Everglades Restoration and the Health of Our Coastal Waters
    • April 21, 2017, Yannis P. Papastamatiou, Ph.D., A Last Stand: Ecology and Conservation of the Smalltooth Sawfish in Southern Florida
    • May 19, 2017, Alastair Harborne, Ph.D., The Effects of Environmental Change on Coral Reef Fishes
    • June 16, 2017, Matthew Lawrence, Archaeologist, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Elbow Reef: Key Largo's Ship Trap
  • 2015-16
    • September 18, 2015, Patxi Pastor, Inspiring the Next Generation of Ocean Conservationists
    • October 9, 2015, Dennis J. Giardina, The Trouble with Exotic Mangroves
    • November 6, 2015, Jerome J. Lorenz, Ph.D., Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine
    • January 15, 2016, Keene Haywood, Ph.D., Exploration as a Discipline: An Overview of the University of Miami's Exploration Science Program
    • February 19, 2016, Todd Crowl, Ph.D., Florida International University's new Institute for Water and Environment (InWE): Research, education and outreach that is relevant
    • March 18, 2016, Sandi Williams and Allison Estape, Sea Turtles and Man: A Review of the Endangered Status of Sea Turtles
    • April 15, 2016, Jose M. Eirin-Lopez, Ph.D., The Epigenetics Revolution Reaches the Ocean
    • May 20, 2016, Tiffany Troxler, Ph.D., Rising Above: The Science of Sea Level Rise and What It Means for Us
  • 2014-15
    • September 19, 2014, Henry O. Briceño, Ph.D., Keys Canals: Your Backyard Swimming Pool
    • October 10, 2014, William Anderson, Ph.D., Understanding the History and Future of Sea Levels
    • December 5, 2014, Lad Akins, Invasive Lionfish: Management Successes and Challenges
    • January 16, 2015, Sean Morton, The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
    • February 20, 2015, Heidi Scott, Ph.D., Literature of the Seas: Energy Commodities and Conservation
    • March 20, 2015, Ryan Stoa, J.D., Law of the Sea: Energy, Overfishing, and Pollution
    • April 17, 2015, Bill Irwin, Ph.D., Aquaponics: Sustainable Agriculture in the Florida Keys
    • May 15, 2015, Tom Potts, To Live and Work Beneath the Sea: Aquarius
  • 2013-14
    • September 27, 2013, Thomas Lockyear, A Brief History of Diving in the Keys
    • October 25, 2013, Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom, Deep Sea Mysteries: Monster Larva
    • November 15, 2013, Sarah Curry featuring Michael Gillespie, Fish Navy Films, Fish Meat: Choose Your Farm Wisely Screening
    • January 17, 2014, Dr. Hong Liu, What does it take to prevent extinction of a rare orchid species?
    • February 21, 2014, Dr. James Sutton, A Thousand Furlongs: Shakespeare and the Sea
    • March 21, 2014, Dr. Les Standiford, Last Train to Paradise
    • April 18, 2013, Dr. Kevin Boswell, Ocean drones: Developing advanced tools for marine research
  • 2012-13
    • January 6, 2013 Ken Nedimyer, Yes We Can: Growing Coral, Replanting Reefs, Making a Difference
    • February 17, 2013 Dr. Jim Fourqurean, The Grass is Always Greener: Seagrass Ecology in South Florida
    • March 16, 2013 Lauri MacLaughlin, Spawn-taneous: Coral Spawning in the Florida Keys
    • April 20, 2013 Dr. Kate Mansfield, FOUND: The Sea Turtle Lost Years
    • May 18, 2013 Dr. Joel Trexler, Restoring the Florida Everglades
    • June 8, 2013 Dr. Mike Heithaus, World Oceans Day: The Life and Times of Top Predators
    • July 20, 2013 Dr. Deron Burkepile, Striking a Balance: Coral Reefs and Human Systems
    • October 12, 2012 Dr. Mark Patterson, Aquarius 2013 and Beyond
    • November 16, 2012, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, Expecting the Unexpected:  Paradox in an Upside-Down Estuary
    • January 18, 2013, Dr. Mike Heithaus, Coastal Carnivores
    • February 22, 2013, Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides, Macro-algae: Hidden Colors of the Sea
    • March 15, 2013, Dr. Jennifer Rehage, Dangerous dry down refuges for marsh fishes: a feast for snook
    • April 19, 2013, Xavier Cortada, Participatory Ecoart: The Reclamation Project
    • May 17, 2013, Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, WaterSCAPES: Exploring Coastal Wetlands from Space
    • June 21, 2013, Fernando Bretos, Cuba: The Accidental Eden
    • July 19, 2013, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, Living with Coastal Hazards