Martin County Library System Press Releases

December 17, 2013

Florida Oceanographic Society’s 2014 Coastal Lecture Series begins January 13 at Blake Library

For immediate release: December 11, 2013
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS), in partnership with the Martin County Library
System, will present an eight-part lecture series at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Jan. 13, Jan.
27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 24, Apr. 7 and Apr. 21 in the John F. Armstrong
Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The illustrated talks are
free and open to the public. A schedule follows.

January 13, 2014
Mark Perry, FOS Director, “Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Stewardship”
The Florida Oceanographic Society was established on July 20, 1964 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). The Society supported several research and educational programs from 1964 to 1970 including shark, bivalve, fish and educational publications. In the 1970s there were shrimp aquaculture programs and marine science teacher workshops. In 1978, under Mark Perry’s direction, the first St. Lucie Estuary Conference was held. The 1980s and 1990s ushered in a period of major construction including the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island in great part due to the generosity of Frances Langford and the support of Martin County. Following the 50-year history of Florida Oceanographic in many ways is like a history of the county.

January 27, 2014
Steve Bass, “Land From the Sea: The History of South Florida’s Landscapes”
This presentation deals with how the Florida Peninsula got here in the first place, how it has developed over the last 40 million years, and the processes which produced the natural landforms we see today. Various south Florida localities will illustrate the talk. There will also be hands-on specimens of Florida fossils, rocks and minerals which will be circulated as the talk proceeds.

February 10 – Dr. Josh Voss, “Coral Reefs”

February 24 – Gene Lemire, “Mosquito Management”

March 10 – Blair & Dawn Witherington, “Florida’s Living Beaches”

March 24 – Nicole Kirchoff, “Tuna”

April 7 – Scott Taylor, “Specialized Habitat and Adaptations of Mangrove Killifish in Giant Land Crab Holes”

April 21 – Gabby Barbarite, “Vibrio Bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon”

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library location or visit To learn more about Florida Oceanographic Society, call 772-225-0505 or visit




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