Special Lecture Series

Mote's annual Special Lecture Series features exciting talks by ocean experts.

This year's lectures are Monday evenings from January 6 through 27, 2020. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and lectures take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in Mote Marine Laboratory's WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, 34236. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members (per ticket per lecture). Registration is required for all.

2020 Speaker Lineup

Jan. 6: Amanda Foltz

"Beyond the cute, furry, flippery and scaly: The ins and outs of animal care"


Jan. 13: Kerri Scolardi

"The wild side of manatee research: How science and policy are saving a species"


Jan. 20: Dr. Randall S. Wells

"Insights into the lives of Sarasota Bay's bottlenose dolphins, from 50 years of research"


Jan. 27: Dr. Robert Hueter

"The great white shark in the great white north: In pursuit of the great white shark in the Northwest Atlantic"



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 Skerry, 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