Lifelong Learning at Mote

Marine Science 101

Curious about our oceans? Interested in expanding your knowledge while also expanding your network? We welcome you to explore the world of marine science through this engaging series of lessons and hands-on experiences hosted by Mote education professionals. Each class will also feature experts discussing their research related to that day’s topic. Learning is a lifelong endeavor, continue your journey with Mote Marine Laboratory. 

Ages: Adult participants, 18 years or older.
Times: Mondays, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Optional: Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for Coffee Connections; come and mingle with peers over morning coffee to discuss the assigned course readings, like interests and engage with your instructors. Also, from 12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m, participants may optionally participate in hands-on Active Learning activities)
Registration: For Full Semester registration, click here. See separate class registration links below. 

  • One class:
    • $30 members
    • $35 non-members
  • Full Semester (10 classes):
    • $225 for members
    • $275 for non-members

Contact: Kayla Keyes (941) 586-3762 or

Introduction to Marine Science 101

Time: January 8th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: This class is for students registering for the full semester of Marine Science 101. Here we will introduce you to the format of the Endless Oceans: Lifelong Learning. We will also discuss key marine science terminology that will be seen throughout the course. Students will be presented with a research assignment that they will work on throughout the semester and present at the final class. PLEASE NOTE: This class is only open to those registered for the entire semester.
Key topics: Introduction to the course, Salinity, Density and other common marine science terms

Florida Coastal Habitats

Time: January 15th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Here we explore Florida’s coastal wetland and marine habitats, as well as their function and importance in the ecosystem. We will discuss local environmental challenges our watersheds face as well as research that Mote is doing to understand these complex systems.
Key topics: Florida Watersheds, the Water Cycle, Tides, Hardening Coastlines, Urban runoff
Per-Class Registation: Florida Coastal Habitats

Florida Marine Invertebrates

Time: January 22nd, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: This lesson will discuss local marine invertebrates and  their 
ecological importance. We will meet with an aquarium biologist specializing in marine invertebrates and conduct a squid dissection during our Active Learning segment!
Key topics: Food Webs, Echinoderms, Cnidarians, Mollusks, Gastropods, and Crustaceans
Per-Class Registation: Florida Marine Invertebrates

Sea Turtle Ecology

Time: January 29th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Students will learn basic sea turtle ecology and the 5 primary species found in Florida. We will discuss the largest threats sea turtles currently face in our area and what Mote is doing to help these amazing creatures recover.
Key topics: Sea turtle physiology, Species identification, Threats to sea turtles, Current sea turtle conservation efforts and Mote research
Per-Class Registration: Sea Turtle Ecology

Florida Marine Mammals

Time: February 5th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: This lesson will discuss local marine mammal species with a heavy focus on dolphins and manatees. Students will learn basic marine mammal physiology, diet, ecological role and current conservation status. We will also discuss the Sarasota Dolphin Research program and Mote’s Strandings Investigation Program.
Key Topics: Bottlenose dolphins, Florida Manatees, Threats to Marine Mammals, Conservation efforts
Per-Class Registation: Florida Marine Mammals

Florida Sharks & Rays

Time: February 12th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Here we explore elasmobranch anatomy and ecology, focusing on local shark and ray species. We will discuss their ecological importance, diet, conservation status, current threats and current Mote research.
Key topics: Florida Elasmobranch species, Elasmobranch physiology, Shark conservation, Trophic levels
Per-Class Registration: Florida Sharks & Rays

Florida Fish Ecology

Time: February 19th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Students will be introduced to marine bony fish ecology, with a focus on life cycle and ecological importance. We will discuss the current status of local and global fisheries and Mote’s relevant research on this topic.
Key topics: Bony fish physiology, Fish life cycle, Florida fisheries, Overfishing
Per-Class Registration: Florida Fish Ecology

Red Tide and Environmental Health

Time: February 26th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Here we will break down the science behind red tide and 
phytoplankton. We will discuss environmental health in the area and identify local concerns that Mote is currently researching, such as pesticide impact on marine environments and local runoff pollution.
Key topics: Phytoplankton, Red tide, Bioaccumulation, Biomagnification, Water pollution, Urban runoff and the Water cycle
Per-Class Registration: Red Tide and Environmental Health

Coral Reefs and Ocean Acidification

Time: March 5th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: Welcome to the wonderful world of corals. Here we introduce coral ecology and their important role in the environment. We will discuss the changes researchers are observing in corals around the world and the causes behind them. This lesson will feature Mote’s research with coral resilience and restoration efforts in the Florida Keys.
Key topics: Coral ecology, Ocean Acidification, Coral Bleaching, Status of coral reefs around the world, Climate Change
Per-Class Registration: Coral Reefs and Ocean Acidification

Climate Change & Conservation

Time: March 12th, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Description: This is the final lecture of the semester and will focus on our  changing climate and the impact this is having on our world’s oceans. We will discuss other major issues facing our oceans and what we as a community can do to reduce these impacts. Full-time participants will showcase their research projects from the semester.
Key topics: Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, Overpopulation, Sea Level Rise, Overfishing, Pollution, Marine Debris, Environmental stewardship, Conservation
Per-Class Registration: Climate Change & Conservation


Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for Mote Education programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation more than 24 hours before the program begins, we will credit your payment to a future program. If you cancel within 24 hours of the program or fail to show up without giving notice, you will be charged in full for the program. Full-time participants are granted 1 excused absence from the 10 week course but will not be refunded for any missed classes