Lectures at the Lagoon

Join us for a Lecture at the Lagoon, where you will have the opportunity to hear from a diverse range of environmental experts. These knowledgeable speakers specialize in sharing captivating stories about a variety of fascinating topics, from the octopus population under the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach to the importance of manatees in our ecosystem. Our free lectures are held at 2:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Don't miss this chance to learn and be inspired!

Sharks & Goliath Grouper of Florida: Stories of Conservation

Join us for our March Lecture at the Lagoon! Dr. Chris Malinowski will discuss important conservation issues impacting coastal ecosystems in Florida and beyond, through the lens of his research on iconic species in Florida, like Goliath Grouper, sharks, snook, and sheepshead.

Dr. Malinowski received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and upon graduation began studying fish ecology at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER Institute. He then went on to complete a masters degree from Florida Atlantic University, followed by a PhD at Florida State University. He worked as a Senior Scientist at South Florida Water Management District prior to starting his current position with Ocean First Institute (OFI) as Director of Research and Conservation. He is currently working in the Florida Keys and throughout Florida to establish long-term research and community engagement programs, and towards local conservation efforts!

Chris' research has spanned the depths of the oceans, the North American Great Lakes, and across coastal ecosystems; and from microscopic organisms like zooplankton to some of the largest and most charismatic creatures in the oceans like sharks, sea turtles, marine mammals, and large reef fish like the Atlantic Goliath Grouper. He focuses his research on the ecology of fishes, effectiveness of management and enforcement, ecotoxicology, health physiology, spawning behavior and patterns, invasive species impacts, effects of pollutants, like microplastics/nanoparticles, and impacts of water quality. His research has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles and documentaries, including National Geographic among others. He is also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) SSC Grouper and Wrasse Specialist Group, and a Courtesy Research Assistant Professor at Florida International University.

Dr. Chris Malinowski
photo credit: Clark Seamore @Seamore Photography

Speaker: Christopher Malinowski, PhD

Director of Research and Conservation

Ocean First Institute

Contact: chris@oceanfirstinstitute.org

Website: https://www.chrismalinowski.org/

Website: https://www.oceanfirstinstitute.org/

When: Sunday, March 10th  at 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free admission, registration recommended.


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2024 Lecture Series Archive

February Lecture: The Effects of Ocean Acidification On Clam Growth and Survival: An Uncertain Future for Florida's Estuaries and Aquaculture Industry

Within the aquaculture industry, Florida estuaries are utilized for their potential to grow commercially harvestable clams. The smallest size clams ready to be planted, called 'seed clams" are placed in field nurseries across estuarine mudflats where they feed on phytoplankton until they have grown to harvestable size. However, planting clams in field nurseries brings environmentally dependent risks. Clam aquaculture within these field nurseries are inherently vulnerable to the influences of acidic/suboptimal pH swings, with the youngest clams at highest risk. The rising influence of ocean acidification may cause an even greater decline in optimal water conditions for various estuarine fauna. The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of carbon dioxide-induces pH changes on the growth and survival of seed stage Hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria.

Noah Gorman

Speaker: Noah Gorman

Marine Biology Student at Florida Atlantic University Honors College

Manatee Master at Manatee Lagoon - An FPL Eco-Discovery Center

January Lecture: Foraminifera: Evolution, Ecology, and Symbiosis

Dr. Richardson is a research professor at the FAU Wilkes Honors College, where she has been teaching since 2002. In addition to her role at the college, she is also a research associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on the phylogeny of Foraminifera, the evolutionary impact of photosymbiosis within this group, and their ecology in seagrass and mangrove ecosystems. Dr. Richardson is currently conducting field research in the Indian River Lagoon and Florida Keys, as well as in Belize, Central America. 

Dr. Susan Richardson

Speaker: Susan Richardson, PhD 

Affiliated Assistant Research Professor of Biology

Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University