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FAU Harbor Branch Announces Speakers For Upcoming Ocean Science Lecture Series

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (January 14, 2013) – FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute announces the featured speakers for the 2013 Ocean Science Lecture Series, a free educational forum for the community which will begin Wednesday, Jan. 16. Lectures will take place each Wednesday thereafter through April 3, at 4 and 7 p.m. in the Harbor Branch Johnson Education Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce. Admission is free.

The Ocean Science Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the community to learn about FAU Harbor Branch’s most recent discoveries directly from the scientists and engineers who find them. The series also includes guest speakers from college campuses across the country including Yale and Cornell Universities.

Jan. 16             Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

            The History of Undersea Exploration in the U.S.:                                              Heroes & Highlights

Jan. 23             Paul Wills, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

            Developing Sustainable Land-Based Aquaculture:                         Harbor Branch’s Prototype IMTA System

Jan. 30             Rita Colwell, Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park & 

            Johns Hopkinks University

            Climate, Oceans and Infectious Diseases: The Cholera


Feb. 6              Sir Peter Crane, Yale University

            The Interconnectedness of Natural and Human
                        Systems: From Global Change to the Indian River Lagoon 
                        (Special Event: This lecture is sponsored by the Yale Club of

            the Treasure Coast and will be given at 6:30 p.m. at St. 

            Edwards School, 1895 St. Edwards Dr., in Vero Beach)

Feb. 13            John Scarpa, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch
                       Clam Culture and Climate Change in Florida

Feb. 20            Clay Cook, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch           
                        Ocean Acidification – The Other CO2 Problem

Feb. 27            Amy Wright, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

            Natural Products: Aren’t They Great?

March 6           Andy Clark, Ph.D., Link Foundation, & Dennis Hanisak, 

            Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch                       
                        An Opportunity to Develop Your Genius: A Homecoming
                        Celebrating 60 Years of The Link Foundation and 40 Years of
                        Summer Interns at Harbor Branch

March 13         Marilyn Mazzoil, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch      
                        Days of Our Lives: Dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon

March 20         Bob Howarth, Ph.D., Cornell University                       
                        Can We Save the Coasts from Nutrient Pollution?

March 27         Megan Davis, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch           
                        Ocean Entrées: Seafood and Sea Vegetables

April 3            Susan Laramore, Ph.D., & Amber Garr, Ph.D.,
                       FAU Harbor Branch                       
                       After the Spill…The Impact of Deep Water Horizon on Gulf of
                       Mexico Fisheries

(Subject to change.)                



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