Every January, Mote hosts its Special Lecture Series featuring Mote scientists who share their world-class research on Monday evenings. Each lecture takes place from 6–7:30 p.m. in the Wave Center on the main aquarium campus (doors open at 5 p.m.) and include a live presentation followed by a Q&A session. Lectures are also live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person.

This event usually sells out, reserve your tickets early! 


2023 Special Lecture Series Lineup


January 9, 2023





Dr. Jason Spadaro, Coral Reef Restoration

Rising to the challenge of coral reef restoration

Coral reefs are in trouble. Mote Marine Laboratory is not just a pioneer in coral reef restoration science, but a pillar of the coral restoration community. Mote scientists actively propagate and restore corals to degraded reef structures, but Mote actively selects the most resilient and robust corals with the goal of creating a strong and resilient community of restored corals.

Recently, Mote has also invested in the restoration of critical ecosystem functions, such as grazing. Mote scientists are engaged in the aquaculture of a large crab species that consumes many of the algae that otherwise would compete with corals for space on the reef. Tying all of these intricate and complex components together is nothing short of challenging. However, Mote scientists are more than up to the challenge with cutting-edge science guiding the way.

Thank you to those who attended January 9, 2023! Be sure to check out the upcoming lectures below.

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January 16, 2023:






Dr. Emily Hall, Ocean Acidification & Jim Culter, Benthic Ecology

Diving deep to explore the Gulf of Mexico blue holes


Mote Scientists embark on journeys to the “deep” to explore blue holes. Blue holes are underwater sinkholes, similar to sinkholes on land. Underwater sinkholes, springs, and caverns are karst (calcium carbonate rock) features that are scattered across Florida’s shelf floor. They vary in size, shape and depth, but most are ecological hot spots. A blue hole can be an oasis in an otherwise barren seafloor.  Please join Dr. Emily Hall and Jim Culter as they take you with them on a journey and explore these beautiful and mystery filled holes in our own Gulf of Mexico!

Thank you to those who attended January 16, 2023! Be sure to check out the upcoming lectures below.

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January 23, 2023:

Dr. Pierce,  Ecotoxicology & Dr. Heil, Red Tide Institute

Red tide demise: Mitigation Initiative update

Florida Red Tide causes severe negative impacts on the environment, economies and human health along Florida's west coast, and periodically the Atlantic coast. As a result of the severe 2018-2019 Red Tide, The Florida Legislature,  Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission initiated the 6 year Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative. This Initiative provides funding for Mote scientists to partner with other institutions and companies to conduct extensive laboratory and field research on the efficacy of a variety of potential products and technologies to mitigate the adverse effects of Red Tide, some of which you will hear about during this presentation.

Thank you to those who attended January 9, 2023! Be sure to check out the upcoming lectures below.

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January 30, 2023:








Dr. Nicole Rhody, Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture

Farming the future: Aquaculture's role in the global food security agenda

Aquaculture is currently the fastest-growing food production sector globally and a sustainable option for attaining food security. Sustainable aquaculture methods can protect our oceans and help meet the increasing demand for seafood. Expanding our ability to cultivate aquatic animals and plants will be critical to sustainable human food production in the future. Join us to discover the new and innovative ways Mote's aquaculture research scientists are working to ensure global access to healthy and sustainable protein options.

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For further assistance, questions or concerns, contact Susan May at (941)388-4441 ext. 392 or by email at smay@mote.org.