Virtual Learning

Making Impressions to Help Save Our Seas

Enjoy a FREE Distinguished Speaker Series on Ocean Protection

Partnering to Save Our Seas

MODS’ environmentally-focused partnership with Save Our Seas Foundation brings global scientists, conservationists, researchers and educators to Museum guests of all ages through a FREE Distinguished Speaker Series with a specific across a spectrum of topics from white sharks to hammerheads, from
sea turtles to coral reefs. The goal is to increase awareness of the environmental, social and economic importance of ocean protection here and across the world and to educate people to make a difference. Virtual attendees care about saving our planet, logging more than 5,700 hours watched and more than 1.6 million impressions.

MODS has a mega library of virtual STEM learning videos on our YouTube channel to help keep everyone connected to inspiring science. Check out our full playlist of Virtual Camp Discovery videos!

Free Virtual Learning Programs

The 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, 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.

Community Engagement And Local Knowledge Panel Discussion


  • JULIA WESTER, co-founder of the Field School
  • NADIA RUBIO, marine biologist and conservationist with Mar Sustentable
    Ciencia y Conservacion

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, postdoctoral student with OKEANOS

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