Listening to Women: Changing the Future lecture series features Mote scientist

Lifelong learners are invited to the lecture “My journey as a woman in science: A career filled with opportunities and challenges,” presented from 1-2:30 p.m. April 18 by Dr. Kevan Main, Senior Scientist and Manager for the Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory.

The talk is one of 12 in the series Listening to Women: Changing the Future, offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College. The series features women whose innovations and accomplishments, locally and globally, are having an impact and influencing lives.

Lectures take place from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursdays from March 14 to May 30 at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237. (Flyer with full information)

Main’s talk will outline the experiences, opportunities and challenges of her scientific career, along with the need for expanded career advancement opportunities for women scientists.

Main directs the 200-acre Mote Aquaculture Research Park in eastern Sarasota County, a hub for aquaculture (fish farming) research and technology development. In 2016 she recognized by the White House Champions of Change program for her outstanding work on sustainable seafood. Main has an extensive publication record, including seven books and more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She has served as the President of the World Aquaculture Society and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of aquaculture of tropical and subtropical fishes and invertebrates.

More than half the world’s seafood is supplied by aquaculture, with many wild fish stocks overfished and declining, but U.S. marine aquaculture — fish farming — produces far less seafood than aquaculture in Asia, Europe, Canada, Central and South America. More than 91 percent of U.S.-consumed seafood is imported. Main is dedicated to developing and testing domestic aquaculture systems that are both sustainable and affordable for U.S. aquaculture producers.

Registration information for Dr. Main’s lecture here:
Find all lectures in this series by visiting, clicking Events & Lectures on the top menu bar, and then scrolling down to find the “Listening to Women” lecture of your choice.

Lecture series fees:

All 12 sessions (March 14-May 30): $190 for Silver/Gold members/general admission

First six sessions (March: 14, 21, 28; April: 4, 11, 18): $100 for Silver/Gold members/general admission

Second six sessions (April: 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30): $100 for Silver/Gold members/general admission

Individual sessions: $30 each for Silver Member/general admission; $27 each for Gold Member