Join The Marine Environmental Education Center Webinar Series, June 23

The Marine Environmental Education Center has always striven to bring the ocean to the classroom! In this Zoom webinar series, we will be collaborating with different marine scientists to cover a variety of environmental topics every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. These webinars are appropriate for students ages 10 and up, but all are welcome! Just click the link at the scheduled time to join.
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Blacktip Shark Migration
Stephen Kajiura
June 23, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

Professor Stephen Kajiura is proof that you can appreciate the ocean regardless of your location; his first encounter was during college! He currently works in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, studying sharks. Join our webinar this week to learn about his research in Blacktip Shark Migration!


Sharks 4 Kids
Jillian Morris
June 25, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

The Founder and President of Sharks 4 Kids, Jillian Morris, has spent thousands of hours in the field working and diving with sharks across the globe. She is a marine biologist, shark conservationist, scuba instructor and educator. Join this webinar to learn all about sharks
from a shark expert!


Marine Invertebrates 
Alexa Annunziata
June 30, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm
Alexa is a Marine Conservation Biologist who worked in the Invertebrate Zoology Department at the Smithsonian. Join this week’s virtual field trip to learn all about the amazing marine invertebrates of the world and the critical role they play in our ecosystem!


Rehabilitation at Gumbo Limbo
Whitney Crowder
July 2, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

Whitney Crowder is a Sea Turtle Coordinator & Rehab Facility Marine Turtle Permit Holder and a Florida native with tons of turtle experience under her belt! She will be discussing sea turtle rehabilitation at Gumbo Limbo and the human impacts associated with their journey!


Sawfish Biology and Concervation
Dean Grubbs
July 7, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm
Dean Grubbs is the Associate Director of Research at FL State University Coastal/Marine Lab and the NOAA Office of Protected Resources’ Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Team. He will be discussing his many years experience with the elusive sawfish!


Shark Morphology and Movement
Marianne Porter
July 9, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

Marianne Porter is a Biology Sciences Professor at FAU with a specialty in shark biology and movement! Join this Zoom meeting to learn all about these apex predators and their specialized morphology that allows their efficient (and often deadly) movement!


Florida’s Hawksbill Turtles
Larry Wood, Ph.D.

July 14, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm
Dr. Wood’s lifelong interest in biology and reptiles fueled his career with sea turtles in Florida for over 25 years. He established the Comprehensive Florida Hawksbill Research and Conservation Program in 2004, the first and only long-term study of Hawksbills in Florida, and  is currently working with the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.  Join this week’s Zoom to learn all about Florida’s Hawksbill Turtles!


Dolphin Biology and Concervation
Jessica Powell
July 16, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

Jessica Powell was able to live in 11 different states or countries and attended 12 different schools while growing up, fostering a love of the ocean along the way! She began her career as a dolphin trainer at Mote Marine Laboratory and is currently a biologist with NOAA Fisheries.She will be discussing dolphin biology and conservation!


Manta Rays in Florida 
Jessica Pate
July 21, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm
Jessica Pate graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and FAU, then went on to pursue a career studying the amazing manta ray! Following this passion, she has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and has become a dive instructor! Join us to learn all about her research with manta rays!


Octopus Behavior and Biology
Chelsea Bennice
July 23, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

Dr. Chelsea Bennice grew up in Ohio but has always loved the ocean and its animals. She is a Marine Biologist and the Assistant Director of ASCEND (a STEM education program) at Florida Atlantic University, as well as a scientific writer for the non-profit OctoNation. Join us this week to learn about the behavior of the amazing octopus!


The Big Turtle Year
George L. Heinrich
July 28, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

George is a field biologist and environmental educator specializing in Florida reptiles. His work currently focuses on the conservation of gopher tortoises at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, anthropogenic threats to diamondback terrapins, and distributional surveys of the Suwanee cooter. Join us this week to learn about The Big Turtle Year initiative to help conservation awareness!


2020 Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Curtis Slagle
July 30, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

Curtis Slagle is the current project manager and permit holder of the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program. In this Zoom, he will be recapping the 2020 Broward County sea turtle nesting season and discussing sea turtle conservation!