Special Lecture Series Details 

Mote's annual Special Lecture Series showcases world-famous speakers discussing marine-related topics on Monday evenings in March. 

Time, Day & Dates: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. from March 4 to 25, 2019.

Location: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL, 34236. 

Registration and Pricing: 

Registration for 2019's Special Lecture Series will be opened in December 21, 2018. 

$15 for non-Mote Members (per ticket, per lecture) 
$10 for Mote Members, Mote Volunteers, teachers and students (per ticket, pet lecture) 

Please register in advance. A limited number of tickets might be available at the door on lecture nights, but we cannot guarantee availability. Tickets are non-refundable unless Mote cancels the lecture. Ticket sales close at 3 p.m. on the day of the lecture or when tickets sell out. 

Ticket sales are only final once online registration has been confirmed. Please do not assume tickets have been purchased until you receive online confirmation or have spoken with Mote staff. Thank you. 

Seating: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to the WAVE Center for lecture guests to enjoy a cocktail hour (cash bar) before the lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Questions: Please call (941) 388-4441.

2019 Special Lecture Series lineup 

March 4 - Dr. Erinn Muller, Program Manager for Mote's Coral Health & Disease Research Program: "Coral restoration: A beacon of hope to save the Florida Reed Tract" 

March 11 - Dr. Rob Nowicki, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Mote: "Building a better mousetrap: Hijacking shark biology and behavior to reduce bycatch in Caribbean lobster traps" 

March 18 - Dr. Rich Pierce, Program Manager for Mote's Ecotoxicology Program: "Red tide: What is it and what can we do about it?" 

March 25 - Gretchen Lovewell, Program Manager for Mote's Stranding Investigation Program: "Red tide's toll on marine animals: Stories from Mote's Stranding Investigation Program" 

Some of Our Past Speakers 

Gretchen Lovewell, Program Manager for Mote's Stranding Investigation Program 

Dr. Heather Page, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Mote 

Dr. Phil Gravinese, Postdoctoral Fellow at Mote 

Dr. Vince Lovko, Staff Scientist and Program Manager for Mote's Phytoplankton Ecology Program 

Brian Skelly, Wildlife Photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine 

Anne Doubilet, National Geographic Explorer and Photographer 

Lad Akins, Director of Special Projects for REEF, which works with citizens to benefit marine ecosystems 

Chris Fischer, Founding Chairman of OCEARCH 

Dr. Justin Perrault, Sea Turtle Researcher and Mote Post-Doctoral Fellow 

Dr. Gerald Pollack, Bioengineer and Author of "The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor" 

Dr. Kevan Main, Manager of Mote's Marine and Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program 

Dr. Andrea Tarnecki, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Marine Immunology Program 

Dr. Robert Hueter, Associate Vice President for Research, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Shark Research 

Dr. Shirley Pomponi, Research Professor, Executive Director of NOAA Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute 

Dr. Dana Wetzel, Senior Scientist and Manager of the Environmental Laboratory for Forensics at Mote