The John & Barbara Ferrera Ocean Science Lecture Series 

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The John & Barbara Ferrera Ocean Science Lecture Series provides a forum for the community at large to learn about Harbor Branch's most recent discoveries directly from the scientists who made them. The invited speakers from other institutions are colleagues who work on topics relevant to our Harbor Branch research themes.

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The John & Barbara Ferrera

Ocean Science Lecture Series 2018

Lectures are held in the Johnson Education Center auditorium on the Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce. "In-Season" weekly lectures (January 10 through March 28) will be held at 4 p.m., followed by a meet-the-speaker. There is no charge to attend.

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January 10, 2018: Anton Post, FAU Harbor Branch - Translational Ocean Science at FAU Harbor Branch 

This lecture is available online via streaming video. Click here to view the video. 

January 17, 2018: Megan Davis, FAU Harbor Branch -  Ocean Entreés: The New Food Source to Feed the World

This lecture is available online via streaming video. Click here to view the video. 

January 24, 2018: Aaron Adams, FAU Harbor Branch - Linking Fish, Habitats, and Conservation 

This lecture is available online via streaming video. Click here to view the video. 

An edited version of this lecture is available on YouTube.  Click here to view video

January 31, 2018: Shirley Pomponi, FAU Harbor Branch - Cuba's Forbidden Depths: Permission Granted! 

This lecture is available online via streaming video.   Click here to view the video.

February 7, 2018: Jim Sullivan, FAU Harbor Branch - Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics in Southeast Florida and the Indian River Lagoon

This lecture is available online via streaming video.  Click here to view the video. 

February 14, 2018: Greg O'Corry-Crowe, FAU Harbor Branch -  The Saga of the Steller Sea Lion in The Aleutian Islands

This lecture is available online via streaming video. Click here to view the video. 

February 21, 2018: Julie Huber, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Microbes, Fluids, and Rocks: Life Beneath the Seafloor

This lecture is available online via streaming video. Click here to view the video.

February 28, 2018: Aran Mooney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Listening to Noisy Coral Reefs and What They Can Tell Us

March 7, 2018: M. Dennis Hanisak, FAU Harbor Branch - Exploring Pulley Ridge: the Deepest Mesophotic Coral Reef on the U.S. Continental Shelf

March 14, 2018: Esther Guzmán, FAU Harbor Branch - Treasures from the Deep Sea - Marine Natural Products as Potential Cancer Therapeutics

March 21, 2018: Joshua Voss, FAU Harbor Branch - Southeast Florida's Coral Reefs: The Fine Line Between Survival and Devastation

March 28, 2018: Don Anderson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - New Applications of Autonomous Biosensors in Harmful Algal Bloom (Red Tide) Research and Monitoring

If you are interested in sponsoring a lecture, or if you have any questions about the Ocean Science Lecture Series, please contact Jill Sunderland at 772-242-2506, or email at education@fau.edu.


The Lecture Series will be on hiatus for the summer during the months of June, July, August and September. Lectures will reconvene in October.

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