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. Classes will also feature Mote experts discussing their research related to that day’s topic and active learning excursions around Mote. 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. – 12:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with optional Coffee Connections)

Optional Activities:

  • Coffee Connections: 8:30-9:00am. Come mingle with peers over complimentary morning coffee to discuss the assigned course readings, like interests and engage with your instructors!
  • Community Engagement Project: This optional assignment is for students who are interested in diving further into the world of marine science. The proejct will be introduced on the first day of class and participants will present their projects by the end of the ten week course. (Full-time Endless Oceans Participants Only)


Please email to be added to the Wait List for either individual classes or full semester. 


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

Contact: Email


September 10, 2018: Introduction to Marine Science 101

Description: This class is only 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 concepts and terminology that will be seen throughout the course. Full-time students will also be offered the opportunity to engage in a self-driven research project throughout the semester and present their work after 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

September 17, 2018: Florida Coastal Habitats

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: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.

September 24, 2018: Florida Marine Invertebrates

Description: This lesson will discuss local marine invertebrates and their ecological importance. We will meet speak with an expert 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: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.

October 1, 2018: Sea Turtle Ecology

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: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.

October 8, 2018: Florida Marine Mammals

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: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.

October 15, 2018: Florida Sharks and Rays

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: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.

October 22, 2018: Florida Fish Ecology

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: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.

October 29, 2018: Red Tide and Environmental Health

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: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.

November 5, 2018: Coral Reefs and Ocean Acidification

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: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.

November 12, 2018: Climate Science and The Ocean

Description: This is the final lecture of the semester and will focus on the scientific relationship between the ocean and our atmosphere. We will discuss the changing global climate, the oceans role in climate science and the impact these changes are having on our marine ecosystems.
Key topics: Global temperatures, Sea Level Rise, Ocean Acidification, Global solutions, History of our climate, Environmental stewardship, Conservation
Per-Class Registration: Sorry, this class has reached capacity.









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