Sea Secrets Lecture Series
The University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
The Ocean Research and Education Foundation
The Shepard Broad Foundation
William J. Gallwey III, Esquire
Key Biscayne Community Foundation
Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation
Concrete Beach Brewery
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and The Ocean Research and Education Foundation, invite the South Florida community to join distinguished scientists and explorers at the edge of discovery during the 2017 Sea Secrets lecture series. The series will present speakers and topics relevant to today’s global challenges, from climate change to coral reef health, in a format designed for the non-scientific community.
Sea Secrets will kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 18 with a lecture by Brian Skerry, award-winning National Geographic marine wildlife photojournalist.
The five lectures, which run through May 4, are free and open to the public and designed to provide insight and information about our planet. Seating is limited and RSVP is requested. Links to Eventbrite are provided below for each lecture. NOTE: The 5th lecture on May 4th, takes place at the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum, reception at 7pm, lecture at 7:30pm. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-421-4061.
Winners of the annual UM Rosenstiel School Underwater Photography Contest will be announced following the April 6 lecture.
2017 Sea Secrets Lecture Series schedule:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Ocean Soul at Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m.
In his presentation Ocean Soul, marine wildlife photojournalist Brian Skerry will take the audience around the world and into the sea sharing tales from many of his feature stories for National Geographic Magazine. Environmental problems and solutions are illustrated and audiences are brought eye-to-eye with amazing marine animals and exotic locations. Brian will also share tales from behind the photo, talking about how images are made and all the adventures of life in the field.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 Our Connected Ocean – A Revolution in Ocean Science at Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m.
During her talk, Our Connected Ocean – A Revolution in Ocean Science, Dr. Susan Avery will discuss the quiet revolution in ocean science and what it means for humanity. Understanding the ocean’s complexity – today’s challenge for science – requires the use of new platforms that provide access to all parts of the ocean, new sensors that continually observe the ocean, and new observing networks that provide continuous data to scientists worldwide.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 Choosing our Climate Adventure at Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m.
During his talk, Choosing our Climate Adventure, Dr. Gavin Schmidt will discuss his work on how models of past, present and future climate can be used to determine the fingerprints of climate drivers and what that means for past and present changes. Additionally, he will discuss the implications for future policy choices including mitigation and adaptation and the outlines of the adventure our society will have to choose.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 Naked DNA in My Seawater at Rosenstiel School auditorium 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m.
During his talk, Naked DNA in My Seawater, Mr. Ausubel will introduce us to the eDNA in our seawater that you may have already gulped while swimming. Loose or extracellular DNA abounds in natural water, salt and fresh. It may shed like dandruff from the break-up of cells. The presence of many aquatic animals can be reliably detected by analyzing water samples for the presence of DNA fragments. Emerging eDNA technology could add to or supplant traditional time-consuming, expensive and destructive monitoring methods. As reference libraries of DNA grow, eDNA could become a top way to understand the status of marine life.
Thursday, May 4 2017 Coral Reefs and Science Diplomacy: Bridging the Gap with Cuba at Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum 1101 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132 beginning with a reception at 7:00p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m.
During their presentation, Coral Reefs and Science Diplomacy: Bridging the Gap with Cuba, Mr. Bretos and Dr. Baker will discuss the efforts they are spearheading to use science diplomacy to bring marine science together in the two countries after 55 years of isolation. The recent re-establishment of diplomatic relations is opening new avenues for scientific investigation and environmental conservation. Frost Science Curator Fernando Bretos and UM Professor Andrew Baker will discuss new joint research they are conducting with Cuban scientists on the connections between coral reefs in the U.S. and our neighbor 90 miles south. Join us as we learn about their work to understand why Cuba’s reefs are in better condition than those in the U.S., how they can be protected from further declines, and how they might help boost the resilience of Florida’s coral reefs.