SLC Aquarium Hosts Wednesday Morning Lectures

Learn more about the water around you with Wednesday Morning Lectures at the St. Lucie County Aquarium
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of six lectures presented by local researchers and experts in marine science.  This Wednesday morning lecture series is hosted at the St. Lucie County Aquarium, featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce and is sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE). The bi-weekly series will focus on current topics in marine science, including:

January 14, 2015
Understanding Marine Biodiversity from the Coral Triangle to the Indian River Lagoon with Dr. Seabird McKeon of Smithsonian Marine Station

January 28, 2015
Passing the "Acid Test" on Ocean Acidification with Dr. Marguerite Koch of Florida Atlantic University

February 11, 2015
Discovery and Protection of Deep-water Coral Reefs with Stephanie Farrington of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University

February 25, 2015
Vibrio in the Lagoon & Implications for Human Health with Gabby Barbarite of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University

March 11, 2015
Making Pollution Visible in the Indian River Lagoon with Dr. Beth Falls and Chloe Lloyd of Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

March 25, 2015
Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems: A Look at the Smithsonian’s 40-year History in Belize with Scott Jones of Smithsonian Marine Station

Lectures begin at 9 a.m. at the Ecosystems Exhibit and will last until approximately 10 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided starting at 8:30 a.m.  Advance registration is required as space is limited.  Lectures are free with paid admission ($3 for seniors 55+, $4 for adults). One-year memberships, which include free admission, are available starting at just $15. Please contact the Education Office at 772-465-3271 for further questions or to reserve your seat today!
COSEE Florida is a partnership between Indian River State College (IRSC), Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), the Smithsonian Marine Station, and Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. COSEE Florida is based at the IRSC Science Center at the Main Campus in Fort Pierce, Florida and joins the national network of 12 centers and a Central Coordinating Office funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences.  For more information about COSEE Florida, visit

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit is located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. The Smithsonian Marine Station has teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create this unique educational facility. The Ecosystems Exhibit is an outreach effort of the Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.  A fixture in the Fort Pierce community for over 40 years, the Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida. For more information, visit


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