FAU Harbor Branch Announces 2024 Ocean Science Lecture Series

View of the inside of the auditorium in the Johnson Education Center at Harbor Branch. People are sitting in theater-style seating facing a stage. On the stage is a man standing behind a podium with the FAU logo. To his left is a skirted table with three men and a woman sitting at it. Behind them is a large projector screen showing a slideshow image that reads that contains words and images that are blurred by over exposure.

The annual Ocean Science Lecture Series provides a forum for the community to learn about the most recent discoveries and innovations at FAU Harbor Branch from the scientists and engineers who make them.

By chelsey matheson | 12/19/2023

Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute announced the lineup for its annual “John & Barbara Ferrera Ocean Science Lecture Series.” All lectures begin at 4 p.m. at FAU Harbor Branch, Johnson Marine Education Center Auditorium, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce.

The free public education events provide a forum for the community to learn about the most recent discoveries and innovations at FAU Harbor Branch directly from the scientists and engineers who make them.

 “Our speakers are all experts in their fields and enjoy sharing their work with the public,” said Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., research professor and director of education at FAU Harbor Branch. “They will share their diverse experiences on ocean science that help solve practical problems and make informed decisions for the better management of our ocean and coastal waters.”

The 2024 lecture series schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 10: “The Quest for a Marine Sponge Cell Line: A Retrospective of Sponge Biotechnology at FAU Harbor Branch,” presented by Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D.
  • Jan. 17: “Clam Culture in a Changing Environment,” presented by Susan Laramore, Ph.D.
  • Jan. 24: “Stealing Sharks and Ravaging Rays? A Scientific Delve into Their Impacts on Florida Fisheries,” presented by Matt Ajemian, Ph.D.
  • Jan. 31: “A Bath Sponges Fable: Sponge Painting and the Lobster Season,” presented by Andia Chaves Fonnegra, Ph.D.
  • Feb. 7: “Coral Exploration, Conservation and Restoration,” presented by Joshua Voss, Ph.D.
  • Feb. 14: “Remembering Mark Littler and His Contributions to Marine Plants and Coral Reef Ecology,” presented by Brian LaPointe, Ph.D., and M. Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D.
  • Feb. 21: “Health and Disease in Bottlenose Dolphins Inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon,” presented by Annie Page, DVM, Ph.D.
  • Feb. 28: “Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery at FAU Harbor Branch,” presented by Esther Guzman, Ph.D.
  • March 6: “Celebrating the Queen Conch: A Journey of Restoration with Caribbean Communities,” presented by Megan Davis, Ph.D.
  • April 3: “FAU’s New Environment School, ECOS: Building Bridges to Advance Research and Teaching,” presented by Colin Polsky, Ph.D.
  • May 1: “Fishers Know More Than You,” presented by Aaron Adams, Ph.D.

Attendance is free and open to the public; however advanced registration is required. This one-time registration provides a pass for the entire season.

To register or for more information, visit fau.edu/hboi/osls.