Speaker Series

Join us in the Nature Center Theatre for great information, exciting insights and fascinating discussion on a broad scope of local topics. Offered October through April on the first  Saturday of the month, 10 to 11 a.m. ; $5.00  per person for non-members. Space is limited, call for reservations – 561-776-7449 Ext. 104 or Veronica Frehm

2016 – 2017 

October 1, 2016 – The Effects of Elevated pCO2 on the Florida Stone Crab Embryonic Development, Hatching Success, and Larval Survival


Dr. Philip Gravinese, will be presenting his research that focuses on the effects and implications of climate change on coastal habitats, specifically on the economically important Florida stone crab. Dr. Gravinese investigated how increased carbon levels and pH influences the reproduction in female stone crabs by measuring the embryonic development (time to hatching), hatching success, and larval survival between two different environments.


November 5, 2016 –  Estuaries, The Nursery of the Ocean 

Leni Bane, will present about our Estuary – The Nursery of the Ocean. Leni co-authored two published books:  Florida Marine Education Resources Bibliography with Marge Gordon and Life along the Mangrove Shore with Alex Marsh.  Discover the large and small wonders of this amazing watery wonder.


January 21, 2017 – Mangrove Ecology

Clive Pinnock,  will be presenting about how mangroves work, their overall importance, some of the local animals they support, the composition of mangroves here in South Florida and more.


February 4, 2017 – ANGARI 

Angela Rosenberg, will be presenting the most recent research expeditions and educational initiatives of ANGARI Foundation.  ANGARI Foundation is dedicated to creating a global community that is interested, knowledgeable and invested in marine and environmental sciences by directly supporting research initiatives that foster a greater trust and dialogue between scientists and the public.  The Foundation also uses innovative technology, film and other media to raise awareness and strengthen science education.  ANGARI Foundation is based in West Palm Beach, FL and operates a 65-foot research vessel, which is made available for marine science research and education throughout the year.  The vessel is equipped with an onboard laboratory that can serve a variety of research initiatives as well as hands-on educational projects.  Angela will share highlights of the most recent research performed onboard R/V ANGARI as well as plans for 2017 and how to get involved.


April 1, 2017 –  Schoolyard Films 

Tom Fitz, TBD