The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by FIU CCOR and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys.
The series is free and open to the public. Hosted at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo - 102050 Overseas Hwy. MM 102. All events begin at 6:30 PM with a happy hour prior to lecture from 6:30 to 7:00 PM.
Thursday, August 22 - Lad Akins: Hot off the Press! The new Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Foundation: Enhancing conservation in the Florida Keys
Join Lad Akins, the Chapter Director for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for an engaging lecture on how the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Foundation supports work on a variety of conservation issues facing the Florida Keys including Restoration, Community Engagement, Infrastructure Enhancement and Regulatory Compliance. Come hear about the new Foundation, a chapter of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and see how you can become involved in issues facing our Keys waters. This will be an interactive talk encouraging public dialogue and time for questions and answers.
Thursday, September 12 - Dr. Rachel Zeurcher: Mapping coral reef fisheries on the Florida Reef Tract
Dr. Rachel Zuercher is an interdisciplinary scientist doing research to improve our understanding of the marine environment while working to solve pressing issues facing marine fisheries. She is passionate about research that contributes to our ability to manage fisheries sustainably for ecosystems, fish and the people that rely on them. Rachel is currently a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Alastair Harborne in the Tropical Fish Ecology Lab at Florida International University. In her lecture, she is excited to unveil newly developed maps of reef fishing and coral reef fish stocks on the Florida Reef Tract, and to discuss how these maps can help us better manage our Florida fisheries.
Thursday, October 24 - Dr. Douglas Watrzok: Underwater Acoustics: Marine Mammals, Seismic, and Sonar
Join Dr. Douglas Watrzok, Professor Emeritus at Florida International University for a lecture on the Underwater Acoustics of marine mammals.
Thursday, November 21 - Sarah Fangman: It's Complicated: Protecting the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem
Sarah Fangman is currently the superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and has been with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries since 1998. Fangman previously served at Grey's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.