Evening Tide Talks

EVENING TIDE TALKS

Evening Tide Talks

Please join us for our lecture series, featuring world-class scientists and modern day marine adventurers. The Evening Tide Talks series at The Florida Aquarium is presented by Wells Fargo.

We are proud to partner with the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network

 

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Upcoming Tide Talk

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 5:45 PM complimentary reception with featured presentation at 6:15 PM | RSVP REQUIRED*

Many Happy Returns: Aquaculture for Restoration

Joshua T. Patterson, PhD

Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida

 

When you hear “aquaculture,” you might first think of farmed salmon in the display case at the grocery store. Beyond food production, aquaculture is increasingly used as a tool to restore everything from endangered mussels in mountain streams to coral reefs in our ocean.

 

Josh Patterson is an assistant professor in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program at the University of Florida (UF). His lab is based at The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation (CFC) in Apollo Beach, where he works closely with The Florida Aquarium staff. Josh and his students have active projects investigating restoration aquaculture in corals and sea urchins, sponges, oysters and marsh grasses, bay scallops, seagrasses, and finfish. His recent publications describe how genetic variability within a coral species might have implications for restoration outcomes. Another paper identifies features of coastal habitat restorations at CFC that may create better nurseries for valuable young sportfish.

 

In his Evening Tide Talk, Dr. Patterson will discuss the fascinating and diverse field of restoration aquaculture. Topics will include restoration planning and goals, various production methods, connectivity and genetic considerations, and evaluating restoration success. This talk will emphasize species that are important to Florida’s environment and economy, such as corals, seagrasses, and bay scallops.

 

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