MDC’s May Public Lecture Features Horseshoe Crabs

MDC’s May Public Lecture Features Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

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May, 2019

When: Thursday, May 16 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

Horseshoe crabs, one of the oldest organisms on earth, will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s May public lecture.

Jenna N. Palmisano, a third-year Stetson University student studying aquatic and marine biology with an environmental science minor, will present “The Wonderful World of Limulus Polyphemus, the North American Horseshoe Crab; Who Are They and Why Do We Care About Their Conservation?”

The presentation is set for Thursday, May 16, starting at 6 p.m. The lecture is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

Called “living fossils,” horseshoe crabs have been on earth for more than 400 million years and play a vital ecological, biomedical and commercial role in our ecosystem. The species has experienced significant decline since the late 1990s and are currently listed as a “vulnerable species.”

Palmisano, a native of New Hampshire, is working toward a Ph.D. in behavioral ecology. She has previously served as an assistant aquarist in an internship at the Marine Discovery Center and has worked as a docent with the center’s live animal exhibits.

Now in her second internship at MDC while studying at Stetson, Palmisano performs horseshoe crab field research and data analysis with the center’s horseshoe crab monitoring program – a part of the larger Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) horseshoe crab watch project, which tracks the reproductive behaviors of crabs on the east and west coasts of Florida.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required
Early arrival is recommended ~ seating is limited.

MDC April Lecture Focuses on Bottlenose Dolphins

MDC April Lecture Focuses on Bottlenose Dolphins

Bottlenose Dolphins of the Indian River Lagoon

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April, 2019

When: Thursday, April 18 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

Bottlenose Dolphins of the Indian River Lagoon will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s April public lecture.

The lecture will be held at 6 pm in the Learning Lab at the Marine Discovery Center and will feature Teresa Jablonski, research assistant from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI), who will provide an update on the dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon during her presentation, “Life and Times of Estuarine Dolphins.”

Jablonski is a part of a team from HSWRI that regularly monitors the lagoon’s dolphin population. She will also provide an update on recent dolphin stranding events in which HSWRI assisted animals in the Indian River Lagoon.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required
Early arrival is recommended ~ seating is limited.

MDC March Lecture Looks At Native Coastal People

MDC March Lecture Looks At Native Coastal People

Living Off the Water:
A Look at Florida’s Native Coastal Peoples

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March, 2019

When: Thursday, March 21 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

“Living Off the Water: A Look at Florida’s Native Coastal Peoples” will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s March public lecture.

Emily Jane Murray, a public archaeologist with the Florida Public Archaeology Network in St. Augustine, Fla., will be the guest speaker for the presentation, set for Thursday, March 21, starting at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

For more than 14,000 years, native Floridians utilized Florida’s bountiful resources for food, shelter and tools. On the coast, these native people favored estuarine and marine resources, even after the advent of agriculture.

In her presentation, Murray will discuss how archaeologists have uncovered clues about the inhabitants of Florida’s northeast coast and how modern residents can benefit from knowledge of the past.

Murray has worked as an archaeologist throughout the southeastern United States and has created numerous outreach tools, including videos, activities and museum displays. She currently works as a public archaeology coordinator for the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Northeast region. She also serves on the board of the Florida Anthropological Society. Her interests include Florida’s prehistoric archaeology, historic cemeteries and public archaeology and interpretation.

The March lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required. Murray’s presentation will be held in the new Hunter Amphitheater located behind the Marine Discovery Center for the official “soft-opening” of the new facility. The annual MDC members’ meeting is being held in conjunction with this event as well prior to the lecture.

Some seating will be available, but guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the presentation. The facility is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. Early arrival is recommended.

The lecture will be followed by “Shadows and Reflections: Florida’s Lost People,” a short film on native coastal people. In the event of inclement weather, the presentation and film will be brought indoors at the center.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required
Early arrival is recommended ~ seating is limited.

Endangered Sawfish Is MDC’s February Lecture Topic

Endangered Sawfish Is MDC’s February Lecture Topic

Sawfish of Florida:
Past, Present, & Future

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February, 2019

When: Thursday, February 21 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

“Sawfish of Florida: Past, Present and Future” will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s February public lecture.

Tonya Wiley, president of Havenworth Coastal Conservation in Palmetto, Fla., will be the guest speaker for the presentation, set for Thursday, Feb. 21, starting at 6 p.m.

Sawfish are large shark-like rays that once were relatively common in Florida estuaries, including the Indian River Lagoon. Florida’s sawfish are now endangered and scientists are attempting to learn more about this iconic and unique fish.

At the presentation, guests will be able to view a three-foot sawfish replica, feel actual sawfish rostra (saws) and learn facts about sawfish. Guests will also learn about current sawfish research and how they can help be involved in the recovery of the species.

Wiley has conducted conservation biological studies of sawfish since 2001, including research on the endangered smalltooth sawfish in Florida. An authority on the biology and ecology of the species, she is an appointed member of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Implementation Team – a multi-institutional panel of experts working to protect the remaining sawfish population in the United States and to prevent the species from extinction.

For nearly a decade, Wiley was a lead researcher with Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research, directing field surveys for smalltooth sawfish from Tampa Bay to the Florida Keys. She now leads Havenworth Coastal Conservation, founded to conserve coastal ecosystems through science and public outreach.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required
Early arrival is recommended ~ seating is limited.

January Lecture Looks At Future Of North Atlantic Right Whales

January Lecture Looks At Future Of North Atlantic Right Whales

Right Whales

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January, 2019

When: Thursday, January 17 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

The endangered North Atlantic Right Whale population has declined over the last several years, prompting the question: “Is Extinction In Sight?”

Julie Albert, who has coordinated the Marine Resources Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Program for 20 years, will be the guest speaker for the January 2019 public lecture at the Marine Discovery Center.

The presentation is set for Thursday, Jan. 17, starting at 6 p.m. The event is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

Albert will discuss the current state of the endangered species, highlight progress made on the use of alternative fishing gear designed to reduce whale entanglements, and also examine the challenges and outlook for the future of this whale species that winters off Florida’s east coast.

Albert will also show shoreline residents how to identify North Atlantic Right Whales and provide information on who to contact if the whales are spotted offshore.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required
Early arrival is recommended ~ seating is limited.

Public Lecture: Coastal Shoreline Surveys

Public Lecture: Coastal Shoreline Surveys

Coastal Shoreline Surveys

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November, 2018

When: Thursday, November 15 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

Dr. Melinda Donnelly of the University of Central Florida will present on “Shoreline Characterization of Brevard and Volusia County” for the November public lecture at the Marine Discovery Center.

The presentation is set for Thursday, Nov. 15, starting at 6 p.m. The event is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

The presentation will share results of shoreline surveys conducted around the entire 350-plus-mile length of shorelines for Brevard County and southern Volusia County in the Mosquito Lagoon.

Surveys were used to evaluate the extent of hard-armoring (seawalls and bulkheads) and other human changes to shorelines and were conducted in an effort to identify and prioritize restoration needs in these two coastal counties.

Donnelly is a post-doctoral scholar at UCF and was the principle investigator for the shoreline work conducted in the surveys.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge. No reservations are required.
Early arrival is recommended ~ seating is limited.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386.428.4828.