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Mote Special Lecture Series

Mote's 2014 Special Lecture Series will showcase world-famous speakers discussing marine-related topics on Monday evenings in February and March.

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2014 Special Lecture Series Details

  • Time, Day & Dates: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, February 3 - March 10, 2014.
  • Location: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Immersion Cinema, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida, 34236.
  • Ticket Price: $12 (per ticket per lecture) for Mote Members. $15 (per ticket per lecture) for non-Members. Students,teachers, and volunteers without membership can purchase tickets at the Member rate with a discount code by contacting or calling 941-388-4441, ext. 348.
  • Ticket sales close at 3 p.m. on the day of the lecture or when tickets sell out.
  • Seating: Doors open at 7 p.m. Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Ticket Sales:Tickets must be purchased in advance. A limited number of tickets might be available at the door on lecture nights, but we cannot guarantee availability. Tickets are non-refundable, unless Mote cancels the lecture.
  • Questions: Please call 941-388-4441, ext. 691, or e-mail

2014 Special Lecture Series Lineup

February 3: Anne Doubilet "HOPE - Help Ocean Protect Earth: Photographs and Musings from the Blue Planet"
The picture of earth from space is of the Blue Planet - 3/4's of the earth surface is covered with ocean. In photographs (including Japan, Australia, the Red Sea, and Argentina) visit places both underwater and on land - that illustrate what we have lost and what we still have. In Papua New Guinea the reefs are healthy and fish-full producing new data for Dr. Genie Clark's ongoing study of Plotosus lineatus.  In the Artic and Antartic, shrinking icebergs and polar light inspire a body of work for my exhibition CORAL AND ICE which juxtaposes images of melting ice with vanishing corals from the Indo-Pacific.

February 10: Lad Akins "Indo-Pacific Lionfish: Here to Stay or Gone tomorrow?"
This highly visual and interactive talk will highlight the background of the invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish and why they are so successful in this invasion. The lecture will include what current and future work is being undertaken to control lionfish populations, minimize impacts and what we can expect in the future.

February 17: Dr. Justin Perrault "Toxins in Turtles: A Cause for Concern?"
This lecture will emphasize the effects of anthropogenic contaminants, including mercury and selenium, on leatherback sea turtle health, reproductive success and survival. Dr. Perrault will touch upon potential health effects and maternal transfer of local, natural toxin (brevetoxin) released from red tide blooms. 

February 24: Dr. Gerald Pollack "The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor"
This lecture will present new evidence for the presence of a novel phase of water, and will consider the potentially broad implications of this phase for physics, chemistry and biology, as well as some practical applications for health and technology.

March 3: Dr. Kevan Main "Sustaining Future Seafood and Fishery Resources through Aquaculture"
This lecture will focus on the role that aquaculture plays in the production of healthy seafood for human consumption and in producing fish to enhance or restore declining wild populations. Dr. Main's research has approached scientific questions using a two-pronged approach: studying animals in their natural environment and applying information learned in a controlled "aquaculture" environment. This approach has proven successful in closing the life cycle of important marine fishes and determining the best culture techniques to produce healthy, high-quality fish. Increasing seafood demand will require new strategies to produce seafood, limit environmental impact and use nutrients to produce additional products.

March 10: Genevieve Brighouse (Superintendent of National Marine Sanctuary of American Somoa) "The National Marine Sanctuary of American Somoa - Fogava'a e tasi, a Pacific Strategy of people and place!"
The only sanctuary south of the equator, and the largest national marine sanctuary out of a system of thirteen National Marine Sanctuaries and one Marine National Monument in the U.S. The National Marine Sanctuary of American Somoa positions itself to fulfill an ambitious Pacific strategy on conservation for the nation, the pacific and the rest of the world.


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   Anne Doubilet in the Antartic                                          Dr. Justin Perrault with leatherback sea turtle                 Dr. Kevan Main

Mote's Special Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Robert and Jill Williams.