Florida Oceanographic Society’s Coastal Lecture Series returns to the Blake Library this January

Florida Oceanographic Society’s Coastal Lecture Series returns to the Blake Library this January. This year’s theme, “Bridging Land and Sea in our Coastal Community,” 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.

2016 Coastal Lecture Series Schedule:


See how Florida’s waterways are coping with pollution and disturbance
Water – The Lifeblood of Florida’s Coastal Ecosystems: An Update on Florida’s Water Woes
by Mark Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society

JAN 11

Discover where your aquacultured seafood comes from
Aquaculture in Florida and the Wider Caribbean: Its History and Vision for the Future
by LeRoy Creswell, Florida Sea Grant – Indian River Lagoon Research & Education Center


Find out how scientists are tracking the health of the IRL
Stuck in the Muck: A Look at the Black Ooze and Other Issues Affecting the Health of the Indian River Lagoon
by Edie Widder, Ph.D., CEO/Senior Scientist, Ocean Research & Conservation Association

FEB 15

Take flight with Florida’s only endemic bird, the scrub jay
The Only Bird that Only Occurs in Florida: The Story of the Florida Scrub Jay in Jonathan Dickinson State Park
by Rob Rossmanith, Park Biologist, Jonathan Dickinson State Park

FEB 29

Spend an evening with the Indian River’s favorite historian & storyteller
An Early History of the St. Lucie and Indian River Estuaries
by Marty Baum, Indian Riverkeeper


Learn about gamefish tagging and tracking for conservation
Gamefish on the Move: Using High-Tech Tracking Tools to Unravel the Mysterious Movements of our Most Popular Sportfish
by Zack Jud, Ph.D., Director of Education, Florida Oceanographic Society

MAR 28

Travel back in time for a historical view of JD Park
A Historical Look at Jonathan Dickinson State Park & Trapper Nelson – “Tarzan of the Loxahatchee”
by Barry Richardson, Park Ranger, Jonathan Dickinson State Park


Dig in to learn about the world’s largest sea turtle, nesting in our backyard
Studying Florida’s Living Dinosaurs: Monitoring Florida’s Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles
by Kelly Martin, Florida Leatherbacks Inc.

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