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2022 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series

The 2022 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.

2022 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series

Date/TimeTopic*Speakers*
April 7
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
White Sharks and Community SafetyGreg Skomal, marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, aquarist and author with Boston University
May 5
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Hammerheads and Recreational FishingJill Brooks, graduate student at Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology

Hannah Medd
, founder of the American Shark Conservancy
June 2
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Ocean Education and ConservationDerek Burkholder, director of the Marine Environmental Education Center at Nova Southeastern University
July 7
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Bonnethead Shark EcologyCheston Peterson, fisheries scientist with NOAA
August 4
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Sawfish EducationJeff Whitty, founder of Sawfish Conservation Society
August 30
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Whale Shark TrackingSofia M. Green Iturralde, researcher and data analyst at the Galapagos Whale Shark Project
September 1
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Lemon Sharks and
Pollution Effects
Andria Beal, postdoctoral collaborator with the Environmental Epigenetics Lab at Florida International University
October 6
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Community Engagement and Local Knowledge Panel DiscussionJulia Wester, co-founder of the
Field School

Nadia Rubio, marine biologist and conservationist with Mar Sustentable Ciencia y Conservacion
November 3
6:00 p.m. (EDT)
Deep Sea Sharks
Panel Discussion
Sofia Graça Aranha, biologist and PhD candidate with The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere at the University of Algarve and University of Porto

Diana Catarino, post doctoral student with OKEANOS
December 1
6:00 p.m. (EDT)

Manta Rays and 
Commercial Fishing
Don Croll, professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and co-founder of Island Conservation

Melissa Cronin, PhD candidate in the Conservation Action Lab at the University of California Santa Cruz

*Program lineup is subject to change.