This fall, the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) will partner with the Save Our Seas Foundation, an organization that funds oceanic research, conservation, and education projects across the globe, to host the virtual “Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series” on the first Thursday of every month through December from 6 to 8 p.m. The four-part event will invite renowned scientists, conservationists, and educators from around the world to discuss their topics of study. Viewers of all ages are welcome and registration is required.
The series will kick off on Thursday, September 3 with “Deepwater Sharks: The Latest Research,” led by Paul J. Clerkin, a researcher at the Pacific Shark Research Center of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. In this talk, Clerkin will discuss some of the ocean’s most mysterious, albeit fascinating, creatures. On October 1, Dr. Mariana Fuentes, Kelly Martin, Dr. Kelly Stewart, and Dr. Katie Mansfield will lead a panel discussion about “Sea Turtle Conservation in South Florida: Challenges and Triumphs.” The conversation shifts to manta rays on November 5, when Dr. Guy Stevens and Jessica Pate present on exciting discoveries about the species. The series concludes on December 3 with the “2020 Save Our Seas MODS Shark Expert Panel” during which Dr. Stephen Kaijura, Mike Heithaus, Dr. Gregory Skomal, Dr. Dean Grubbs, and Dr. Marianne Porter, lead a discussion about sharks and their conservation.