The John & Barbara Ferrera Ocean Science Lecture Series

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 and engineers who make them. The invited speakers from other institutions are colleagues who work on topics relevant to our Harbor Branch research themes. Lectures are held in the auditorium of the Johnson Education Center on the Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

***Lectures are free and open to the public; to register for a 2020 season pass to facilitate admission, please visit www.fau.edu/hboi/community/osls.php.***

2020 John & Barbara Ferrara Ocean Science Lecture Series Ocean Science Lecture Series Season Schedule:


Jan. 8

“The Health of Our Oceans: Why You Should Care”

Jim Sullivan, FAU Harbor Branch


Jan. 15

South Florida PBS Changing Seas: “Toxic Waters”

Film Screening and Expert Q&A


Jan. 22

Florida Center for Coastal and Human Health: “Integrated Approaches to Addressing Harmful Algal Blooms”

Jim Sullivan, Ph.D. & Amy Wright, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch


Jan. 29

“Chasing Nutrients and Coral Reef Decline at Looe Key, Florida Keys: A Four-Decade Quest”

Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch


Feb. 5

“Discovering New Chemicals from the Sea: Can We Address the Antibiotic-Resistance Crisis?”

Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch


Feb. 12 Mid-Series Break – No Lecture


Feb. 19

“Will Razing Rays Save Our Bays?”

Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch


Feb. 26

“Fishing for Science”

Aaron Adams Ph.D., & Paul Wills, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch


March 4

“For the Love of Conch”

Megan Davis, Ph.D. & Laura Issac-Norton, FAU Harbor Branch


March 11

“We Are the Problem and the Solution”

Emilie Johnsen, 4Ocean & Tracy Mincer, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch & Wilkes Honors College


March 18

“NEEMO 23: Simulating Space Exploration in a Real-life Undersea Environment”

Shirley Pomponi, FAU Harbor Branch


Lectures sponsored by WQCS

Wednesday, February 19 at 4:00pm


More dates through March 18, 2020

J. Seward Johnson Education Center, Auditorium
5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946

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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Ocean Discovery Visitors Center


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