Lectures at the Lagoon

Sam McGuire for Dolphin Spotter Sam McGuire in the field waterbased Sam setting up trail camera

December's Lectures at the Lagoon presentation, "Dolphin Spotter: A Land-Based Citizen Science Project" will be given by Samantha McGuire on December 11, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Samantha is an outreach and marine education specialist at FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitors Center.

Learn about the brand-new citizen science program at FAU Harbor Branch. During this talk, you will hear about the current research being done by the organization's Marine Mammal Stranding & Population Assessment team and how this new program helps to fill in the gaps along the shore. This is a land-based program where citizen scientists can take photos of dolphins from land, submit them online, and follow along with an interactive map to see where dolphins are being spotted along the coast. After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to register to participate in the Dolphin Spotter program.

Samantha McGuire grew up in South Dakota and Minnesota before going to the University of Hawaii at Hilo for her first year of her undergraduate degree. She then finished her degree at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where she completed the "semester by the sea" program at FAU Harbor Branch. This led her to apply to the master's degree program in Marine Science and Oceanography, where she conducted various research on marine mammals, including dolphins and manatees. She graduated from FAU with her Master of Science, and she is also a former Manatee Master for Manatee Lagoon - so Samantha's presentation is a full circle homecoming for her!

January's presentation, "Overcoming the Strike," will be given by Carter Viss. Carter is a boat strike survivor and boating safety advocate, and his presentation will be on January 8, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Stay tuned to this website for more information and to register for future Lectures at the Lagoon.

Dolphin Spotter: A Land-Based Citizen Science Project

Time: 2 p.m.; the program typically lasts 45 to 60 minutes
Registration: Opens 45 days in advance of each event and is requested for planning purposes.
Location: Indoors, second floor.
Cost: Free