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Final Sea Secrets Lecture Focuses on the Florida Everglades

MIAMI — May 8, 2012 — The final Sea Secrets Lecture of the 2012 season will take place on May 16 at 6:00 p.m. It will feature accomplished field biologist and wildlife photographer, Mac Stone.  Ever since early settlers arrived in Florida, the Southern Everglades were feared and revered by even the bravest explorers who dared to enter its waters. Poets, writers, and scientists came to regard this tropical estuary as one of nature’s most brilliant displays of life. In the last hundred years however, increased competition for fresh water has impacted the coastal and marine environment, endangering one of the state’s most biodiverse habitats.

Join Stone, who has been working with the National Audubon Society for more than two years in Florida Bay documenting and studying this complex ecosystem. Combining science and artistry, he paints a vivid picture of the interconnectedness of Florida’s fresh and saltwater communities and what we must do to preserve them.

UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and the Ocean Research and Education Foundation host the popular Sea Secrets lecture series. The events are free and open to the public, and are designed to provide insight and information about the oceans that cover two-thirds of our planet, and much of which, are still an enigma. Lectures are preceded by a reception at 5:30p.m. Sea Secrets is sponsored by the Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric Science, The Shepard Broad Foundation, The Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation, Southern Wine & Spirits and is organized by Robert N. Ginsburg.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.rsmas.miami.edu.

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