Request a Speaker

What: Mote Marine Laboratory's Speaker's Bureau offers presentations to community groups and organizations. Event organizers may request one of the following topics: Aquaculture, Corals, Marine Mammals, Red Tide, Sea Turtles, Sharks, or an Overview of Mote Marine Laboratory.

Why: It is part of Mote's public outreach to promote conservation and sustainable use of our oceans.

Who: The Speakers are a highly trained, established group of Mote Volunteers.

Length: Presentations typically last 45 mins to one hour, not including Q&A at the end.

Cost: There is no charge for the presentation but an honorarium is welcome.

Where: Ordinarily, we are only able to present to community organizations within approximately 30 miles of Mote Marine Laboratory - City Island Campus. Requests outside of this will be considered if a Volunteer Speaker is willing to present farther away.

How: Complete the Speaker's Bureau request form to determine if a speaker is available for your event. Requests must be made at least three weeks prior to the preferred date and are subject to a Volunteer Speaker's availability. Requests will usually be confirmed within a week of submission.

Request a Speaker's Bureau presentation

Note to schools: Schools looking for a visit from Mote Education should visit the Mote in Your Classroom page instead of this one.

Topics Overview:

  • Mote Marine Laboratory Overview - Get a glimpse into Mote Marine Laboratory, a world-class, independent research institution based right here in Sarasota, FL. Hear some of the history of this unique organization and get a greater understanding of the extensive current research occurring.
  • Aquaculture – An overview of Mote's Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program, which is developing innovative technologies to produce fishes and invertebrates to meet our growing national demand for seafood and to restock depleted recreational and commercial stocks. Research is directed toward designing and testing filtration technologies for sustainable recirculating systems and toward developing culture methods for marine or freshwater species.
  • Corals – Coral reefs are the most diverse ecosystems in the ocean and provide significant environmental, biologic, recreational and economic value. Learn how scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory are leading the way to understand how reefs are changing and developing new methods for restoring them through Mote's five, active coral research programs.
  • Marine Mammals – Through several research programs with both wild and resident animals, Mote scientists are studying dolphins and manatees. This presentation will show an overview of marine mammals, the current scientific research and conservation issues with these charismatic local marine animals.
  • Red Tide – Red tide is a major focus of research here at Mote Marine Laboratory. It can cause fish kills, harm endangered species like manatees and sea turtles, and it can impact people in ways that range from mildly annoying to very concerning. If you're a resident or visitor to Florida's Gulf Coast, chances are that you've experienced Florida red tide or at least heard about it.  Find out what it is, and what are we learning about it in this presentation. 
  • Sea Turtles – For more than 30 years, Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program has coordinated conservation efforts for 35 miles of Sarasota County shoreline. Learn about these ancient animals, their current threats, and how you can help. 
  • Sharks – Sharks have been a focus of Mote's research since the Lab started in 1955 by the Shark Lady herself, Dr. Genie Clark.  Today Mote is the only Center for Shark Research designated by the U.S. Congress. Naturally, we have multiple research programs that are either fully or partly focused on sharks and their relatives, rays and skates. Hear about the critical importance of these fish to marine ecosystems, their current challenges, and the exciting research around these legendary animals.