Please join us for our lecture series, featuring world-class scientists and modern day marine adventures at The Florida Aquarium

Complimentary Reception: 5:45 p.m.

Featured Presentation: 6:15 p.m.

Please RSVP here or call 813-273-4568.



November 12, 2014

Dr. Mark Flint, The Florida Aquarium / University of

Florida / University of Queensland

One Health Conservation: Using science, medicine

and the environment to protect our future oceans

(an Australian example)

What do individual species tell us about the status of coastal waterways, and what do diseases in animal species say about the whole ocean? Assessing species such as turtles, dolphins, sirenia and fish may provide a more holistic approach to conservation of waterways, a huge undertaking with complex issues for which we have only scratched the surface of understanding.    
Dr. Mark Flint joined The University of Florida in 2013 as a Research Assistant Scientist in Coastal and Marine Sciences. He is located at The Florida Aquarium, serving as Director of Research, and works closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He holds an honorary position as Director of Veterinary-Marine Animal Research, Teaching and Investigation in the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland in Australia. He began as an ecologist in the cool-temperate waters of Tasmania and hot-subtropical outback of Queensland in Australia. Seeking refuge from climatic extremes, he became a veterinarian in 2005, but it didn’t take long for the call of the wild to combine his love for wildlife and ecology with his medical training. He left his role as small animal emergency clinician to complete a PhD in the epidemiology of sea turtles in Australian waters in 2010. He then interned in UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine while running a research unit in Australia. His research focuses on diseases in aquatic animals that relate to environmental and commercial stressors. His multi-species approach explores species that have potential as sentinels of eco-health for their environmental niche.

January 28, 2015

Dr. Ellen Prager, President of Earth2Ocean Inc.

Dive Into the Story: Ocean Science Fun For All Ages

From writing about living underwater to the strange and fascinating lifestyles of the wet and slimy, Dr. Ellen Prager uses storytelling to make ocean science entertaining for people of all ages. Her latest project delves into fiction, where she combines fun fast-paced adventure and humor with learning about sea creatures, habitats, and ocean issues in a new middle grade series (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians). Published by Scarletta Press, The Shark Whisperer is the first book in the series and has been called an underwater Harry Potter by Dr. Sylvia Earle. In her talk, Dr. Prager will share some of her favorite ocean science stories and give the audience a peek into her new series. She'll discuss how she integrates real-life adventures, geography, and science into fiction while sharing a first look at the upcoming action-packed sequel to be released this Spring.
Dr. Prager is a marine scientist and author, well known for making science fun and understandable. She has a national reputation as a spokesperson on ocean and earth science issues and participated in research expeditions across the world. She was formerly Assistant Dean at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and was at one time the chief scientist at the world's only undersea research station in the Florida Keys. She has written popular science and children's books and is a frequent speaker at national conferences and events. Dr. Prager is a freelance writer, science advisor to Celebrity's Cruise ship Xpedition in the Galapagos Islands, a Safina Center fellow, and has been contracted by NBC News as an on-air expert. 




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