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 in South Florida: Challenges and Triumphs Panel Discussion  

Mariana Fuentes, Ph.D., Marine Conservation Biologist

Kelly Martin, Program Coordinator for the Marine Environmental Education Center and President of Florida Leatherbacks Inc.

Kelly Stewart, Ph.D., Biologist with The Ocean Foundation

Katie Mansfield, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Marine Turtle Research Group at the University of Central Florida (Biology Department)


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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