The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) and the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and caring for the world’s oceans, with a specific focus on sharks and rays, today announced an international lineup of environmental speakers for the upcoming Distinguished Speaker Series. The goal is to increase awareness of the environmental, social and economic importance of ocean protection here and across the world and to educate people to make a difference.
The lineup for the 2022 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series at MODS includes scientists from around the globe who will discuss their research discoveries across a spectrum of topics: from white sharks to hammerheads, lemon and deep sea sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, community engagement, ocean education and conservation and much more! Attendees look forward to the always-popular Deep Sea Shark Expert Panel Discussion, featuring prominent researchers and conservationists from across the region. These speakers are all eminent scientists supported by the Save Our Seas Foundation for their research on endangered sharks and rays.
2022 Save Our Seas Speaker Series (Program lineup is subject to change)
● April 7 – White Sharks and Community Safety with Greg Skomal, marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, aquarist and author with Boston University.
● May 5 – Hammerheads and Recreational Fishing with Jill Brooks, graduate student at Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology.
● June 2 – Ocean Education and Conservation with Hannah Medd, founder of the American Shark Conservancy, and Candice Brittain, director of outreach and partnerships with Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas.
● July 7 – Bonnethead Shark Ecology with Cheston Peterson, fisheries scientist with NOAA.
● August 4 – Sawfish Education with Jeff Whitty, founder of Sawfish Conservation Society.
● August 30 – Whale Shark Tracking with Jonathan R. Green, project founder and director of Galapagos Whale Shark Project, and Sofia Green, investigator and data analyst with Galapagos Whale Shark Project.
● September 1 – Lemon Sharks and Pollution Effects with Andria Beal, postdoctoral collaborator with the Environmental Epigenetics Lab at Florida International University.
● October 6 – Community Engagement and Local Knowledge Panel Discussion with Julia Wester, co-founder of the Field School, and Nadia Rubio, marine biologist and conservationist with Mar Sustentable Ciencia y Conservacion.
● November 3 – Deep Sea Sharks Panel Discussion with Sofia Graça Aranha, biologist and PhD candidate with The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere at the University of Algarve and University of Porto, and Diana Catarino, postdoctoral student with OKEANOS.
● December 1 – Manta Rays and Commercial Fishing with Don Croll, professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and co-founder of Island Conservation, and Melissa Cronin, PhD candidate in the Conservation Action Lab at the University of California Santa Cruz.
For more information and to register for the 2022 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series at MODS, please visit mods.org/2022saveourseas.