The Ocean Science Lecture Series 

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The Ocean Science Lecture Series provides a forum for the community at large to learn about Harbor Branch's most recent discoveries directly from the scientists who made them. The invited speakers from other institutions are colleagues who work on topics relevant to our Harbor Branch research themes.

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Ocean Science Lecture Series 2017

Lectures are held in the Johnson Education Center auditorium on the Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce. "In-Season" weekly lectures (January 11 through April 5) will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by a meet-the-speaker reception. There is no charge to attend.

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January 11, 2017: Anton Post, FAU Harbor Branch - Climate Change Adaptation, from Marine Microbes to Coastal Communities 

This lecture is available online via streaming video. Click here to view video

January 18, 2017: Shirley Pomponi, FAU Harbor Branch - Deep Discoveries: Exploring the Mariana Trench

January 25, 2017: Matt Ajemian, FAU Harbor Branch - Sharks with Spectators

February 1, 2017: Steve Burton, FAU Harbor Branch - The Importance of Marine Mammal Stranding Response 

February 8, 2017: R. Grant Gilmore, Estuarine, Coastal and Ocean Science, Inc. - The Indian River Lagoon: Back to the Future

February 15, 2017: Adam Schaefer, FAU Harbor Branch -  Wildlife Epidemiology and Public Health: What Marine Species Can Tell Us about Our Shared Environment

February 22, 2017: Greg O'Corry-Crowe & Heidi Pagán, FAU Harbor Branch - The CetOMICS Initiative: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Studying Cetacean Molecular Biology

March 1, 2017: Megan Davis, FAU Harbor Branch - Ocean Entreés: Cooking with a Caribbean Flair

March 8, 2017: Peter McCarthy, FAU Harbor Branch - The Unexplored World of Microbial Diversity in the IRL Watershed

March 15, 2017: Jim Sullivan, FAU Harbor Branch - Harmful Algal Blooms in the Indian River Lagoon

March 22, 2017: J.M. Adovasio, FAU Harbor Branch - Early Human Populations in the New World: A Biased Perspective

March 29, 2017: Annie Page-Karjian, FAU Harbor Branch - Marine Wildlife Rehabilitation: Principles, Benefits, and Goals

April 5, 2017: M. Dennis Hanisak, FAU Harbor Branch - The Indian River Lagoon: “You Can Observe a Lot by Just Watching”

OSLS Archived Recordings click here.

If you are interested in sponsoring a lecture, or if you have any questions about the Ocean Science Lecture Series, please contact Jill Sunderland at 772-242-2506, or email at

The Lecture Series will be on hiatus for the summer during the months of June, July, August and September. Lectures will reconvene in October.

To view the 2016 Ocean Science Lecture Series topics, CLICK HERE.

To view the 2015 Ocean Science Lecture Series topics, CLICK HERE. 

To view the 2014 Ocean Science Lecture Series topics, CLICK HERE.

To view the 2013 Ocean Science Lecture Series topics, CLICK HERE.

To view the 2012 Ocean Science Lecture Series topics, CLICK HERE .

To view the 2011 Ocean Science Lecture Series topics, CLICK HERE.

To view the 2010 Ocean Science Lecture Series topics, CLICK HERE.