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

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 Education staff. Thank you.

Special Lecture Series Details

Time, Day & Dates: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. from February 27-March 27.
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL, 34236.
Tickets: $10 (per ticket per lecture); $5 for Mote volunteers (who are not Mote members); $5 for teachers and students; free for Mote members. You must make a reservation in advance, even if you are a member. 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. Please note: Member discount (in this case, free admission) will require a promotion code, please use 141142 (without a hyphen as misprinted in our SLS Member Postcard) or Member2017. To register, click here.
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.

Mote is proud to offer this series thanks to our presenting sponsors Robert and Jill Williams. Corporate sponsorship provided by Mariash Lowther Wealth Management.

2017 Special Lecture Series Lineup

*SOLD OUT* Monday, February 27 - Kim Bassos-Hull, Senior Biologist in the Shark Biology & Conservation Program at Mote "Connecting for Conservation: Research on Marine Rays in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea."

Monday, March 6 - Dr. Nicole Rhody, Staff Scientist in the Marine & Fresh Water Aquaculture Program at Mote "Making the Case for Fish Farming: How Mote is Advancing Sustainable Aquaculture Production in the United States and Beyond."

*SOLD OUT* Monday, March 13 - Dr. Richard Pierce, Senior Scientist, Program Manager, and Associate Vice President for Research at Mote "Red Tide: What’s New and What’s True."

Monday, March 20 - Dr. Ryan Schloesser, Postdoctoral Scientist in the Fisheries Ecology & Enhancement Program at Mote "Enhancing Snook Populations: How Juveniles use Habitats in YOUR Backyard.

Monday, March 27 - Captain Alfred S. McLaren, Captain, U.S. Navy (retired), Ph.D. "Silent and Unseen"

Some of Our Past Speakers

  • 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


NEW in 2017: Art and Science Lecture Series with Mote Marine Laboratory and the Sarasota Museum of Art

Mote Members, Museum donors, and Ringling College students, faculty and staff: Free
Non-Members/non-donors: $10 per person per lecture

Each lecture will be held at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in the WAVE Center. Address is 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

MEMBERS/DONORS/RINGLING: Use discount code at the bottom of the final check out screen. The discount will be applied for each ticket in your shopping cart. To register, click here.

Sunday, March 12 (5 p.m.)- Janaina Tschäpe, Artist and David Gruber, Marine Biologist, Magic Myth and Memory: The Life Aquatic

Artist Janaina Tschäpe works in a variety of media—painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance.  Her work explores landscape through a wide range of scale--from the microscopic to the cosmic—all engaged with the myth and meaning of water. She collaborates with marine biologist David Gruber, who searches the undersea world for bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals. Gruber's discoveries are providing a wealth of new insights into a secret "language" of shining colors and patterns that help many marine creatures communicate, interact, and avoid enemies.

Wednesday, April 12 (6 p.m.)- Dr. Noam Josef, Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director of Sarasota Museum of Art, The Art and Science of Camouflage

The history of camouflage as visual strategy is a fascinating aspect of the history of art. The science of camouflage as an evolutionary strategy in the natural world is an equally fascinating aspect of natural history. Join Anne-Marie Russell and Dr. Noam Josef for an entertaining and informative tour of camouflage among both human and non-human animals.

Dr. Josef studies the camouflage capabilities of cephalopods: octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and related species. He joined Mote last Spring to develop algorithms for predicting camouflage patterns in cephalopods and will also study how octopuses interact with the local stone crab population.