2020 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series

The 2020 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.

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





July 2
6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event



Blue Mind, a Powerful New Universal Story of Water



Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D. Best-Selling Author and Marine Biologist
August 6
6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
  Endangered Sawfish of Florida   Tonya Wiley, President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation
September 3
6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
  Deepwater Sharks: The Latest Research   Paul J. Clerkin, Researcher at the Pacific Shark Research Center of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
October 1
6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
  Sea Turtle Conservation   Derek Burkholder, director of Nova Southeastern University’s Marine Environment Education Center (MEEC), principal investigator for the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program and research scientist at the Guy Harvey Research Institute and Save Our Seas Shark Center
November 5
6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
  Manta Rays: Exciting Discoveries  

Guy Stevens, Ph.D., Chief Executive and Founder of the Manta Trust

Jessica Pate, Marine Biologist and Project Manager, Florida Manta Project

December 3
6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
  2020 Save Our Seas MODS Shark Expert Panel Discussion  

Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University

Mike Heithaus, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University

Gregory Skomal, Ph.D., Marine Biologist, Researcher, Underwater Explorer, Photographer and Author

Dean Grubbs, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research/Research Faculty III at Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory

Marianne Porter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University





*Program lineup is subject to change.  


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