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2021 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series

The 2021 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by the Save Our Seas Foundation, features scientists, conservationists, researchers and educators who will share their passion for our oceans in programs designed for Museum guests of all ages.

This year MODS has an exciting lineup of presenters who will discuss their research-discoveries across a spectrum of topics; from sharks to manta rays, sawfish, algal blooms and bull sharks, and much more! We are also bringing back our popular Sea Turtle and Shark Expert Panel Discussion, which will feature prominent researchers and conservationists from across the region. This series is FREE.

Come see our Shark Discovery Cart located near the shark exhibit within Florida Ecoscapes. This interactive learning station will enable museum guests to learn about sharks, conservation, and the amazing work supported by Save Our Seas Foundation.

Be sure to catch these programs virtually via Zoom or live at MODS, and stop by the new Shark Discovery Cart!  

2021 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series

Date/Method   Topic*   Speakers*
April 1
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Virtual Event
  Algal Blooms and Bull Sharks   Lauran Brewster, postdoctoral fellow at Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
May 6
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Virtual Event
  British Columbia Whales   Janie Wray, CEO and lead researcher for BC Whales
June 3
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Virtual Event
  Marine Conservation   Catherine Macdonald, director of the Field School, lecturer at Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science at University of Miami
July 1
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Virtual Event
  Sharks and Pollution   Kady Lyons, research scientist at Georgia Aquarium
August 5
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Virtual Event
  Microplastics   Dr. Alina Wierczorek, post-doctoral researcher at the Marine Institute in Ireland
       
September 2
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Virtual Event
  Manta Ray Panel Discussion   Guy Stevens, Ph.D., Chief Executive and Founder of the Manta Trust

Emily Humble, research fellow at the University of Edinburgh and genetics specialist at Manta Trust

       
October 7
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Virtual Event
  Shark Conservation Panel Discussion   Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University

Marianne Porter, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University

Hannah Medd, founder of the American Shark Conservancy.

       
November 7
1:00 p.m. (EDT)
Onsite Event
  Sea Turtle Season Wrap-Up   Derek Burkholder, Ph.D., director of Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program and Marine Environmental Education Center, research scientist at the Guy Harvey Research Institute and Save Our Seas Shark Research Center

*Program lineup is subject to change.