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FAU’s Harbor Branch November Lecture and Friends Events to Focus on the Indian River Lagoon

FORT PIERCE (November 2, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will continue its Ocean Science Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 7 with “Seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon: It’s Not Easy Being Green! (Kermit’s Lament),” presented by M. Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., research professor and director of Harbor Branch’s marine ecosystem health and education programs. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the HBOI Johnson Education Center Auditorium, located at 5600 US1 North, Fort Pierce. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

“To survive in the marine environment, seagrasses face numerous challenges,” said Hanisak. “This lecture will provide an overview of seagrasses in the Indian River Lagoon, including their ecological and economic importance, historical trends and current status.” 

Copies of Hanisak’s book “Submersed Plants of the Indian River Lagoon” will be available for purchase at a reception following the lecture.

The Friends of Harbor Branch will also offer “Explore the Lagoon,” a special afternoon Indian River Lagoon pontoon boat tour on Wednesday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. The boat tour departs from Harbor Branch’s Johnson Education Center at 4:30 p.m. and will return by 6 p.m. for a picnic dinner and Hanisaks’ lecture beginning at 7 p.m. 

“Explore the Lagoon” is $40 for Friends of Harbor Branch members and $50 for non-members. Price includes boat trip and dinner, as well as special reserved seating for the lecture. 

For more information or to register for the trip, contact the Friends of Harbor Branch office at 772- 242-2559.


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute :
Founded in 1971, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit .

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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