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Smithsonian Marine Science
2015 Lecture Series
Presented by the Smithsonian Marine Station and the Pelican Yacht Club
Mangroves Marching North: How Fast, How
Far, and at What Cost?
Thursday, February 12
7:00 PM
Dr. Ilka Feller, Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian
Environmental Research Center, is leading an effort to track
Florida mangrove forests that are encroaching on salt marshes
to the north. She will share research and stories on what her
team of scientists is learning about this changing environment.
Reclaiming, Using, and Protecting Wetlands:
How the Dutch Created The Netherlands
Thursday, March 12
7:00 PM
Dr. Jos Verhoeven is a Professor at Utrecht University in the
Netherlands and a regular visitor to the Smithsonian Marine
Station. He studies the diversity and function of wetlands,
and his talk will highlight the fascinating history of how the
wetlands of the Netherlands were re-engineered.
Moving Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories
in Ocean Conservation
Thursday, April 2
7:00 PM
Dr. Nancy Knowlton is the Sant Chair for Marine Science at
the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Rather
than focus on the gloomy stories so prevalent in the media, Dr.
Knowlton’s talk will explore the places where ocean conservation
is working, and how we can learn from these success stories.
Lectures will be held in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida.
A reception will follow each lecture. No reservation required. Questions? Call 772.462.6220.
Lectures sponsored in part by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Florida). For more information on COSEE
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