Environmental Lecture Series

The popular lecture series will be held on four Wednesday evenings in January and February at 7 pm. Each lecture will take place at the Environmental Studies Center’s auditorium at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. The Environmental Lecture Series is FREE and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

2019 Schedule:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Title
Gopher Tortoises

Speaker
Andrew Leurig

Talk Summary
Andrew Luering has been a biologist with Ecological Associates for 4 years of his 8 year career and has been a gopher tortoise agent for 2 years. His primary responsibilities includes gopher tortoise permitting and relocation, but he also performs wildlife surveys for scrub jays, crested caracara and sea turtles.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Title
Diving in Indonesia

Speaker
Dr. Walter Goldberg

Talk Summary
During his time as a faculty member in the Biological Sciences Department at FIU, Dr. Goldberg produced more than 50 referred journal publications in addition to two books, one of which is a textbook in coral reef biology. He will present an environmental and scientific travelogue entitled ‘Diving the Coral Triangle in Indonesia’. The talk will examine the process of getting to some of Indonesia’s prime dive spots, as well as the fascinating Indonesian environment above water.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Title
Linked with Limulus: Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch

Speaker
Kirk Fusco

Talk Summary
Learn about a fascinating group of animals that have remained unchanged for hundreds of millions of years. While only four species are found globally, just one species (Limulus polyphemus) occurs in North America and our Indian River Lagoon (IRL). This lecture will explore the important ecological role horseshoe crabs play, as well as medical uses. Kirk Fusco, Environmental Scientist from the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection’s Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves, specializes in shoreline habitat ecology, marine invertebrates, and shoreline restoration.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Title
Habitat Use and Movement Patterns of Juvenile Goliath Grouper in the
Southern Indian River Lagoon

Speaker
Derek Cox

Talk Summary
Goliath Grouper begin their lives inshore using mangroves and artificial structure as nursery habitat and, as they mature, transition to reefs and wrecks offshore. Our group at FWC, with assistance from local anglers, is investigating how Goliath Grouper utilize the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon as juveniles and then monitoring their shift to habitats offshore as they develop into adults.

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