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Sea Secrets Lecture Series Reveals the Secrets of Our Blue Planet

By Diana Udel

Sea Secrets Lecture Series Reveals the Secrets of Our Blue Planet

By Diana Udel
Series kicks-off its 20th Anniversary of bringing distinguished speakers to Miami

MIAMI – Jan 2, 2015 -- The 2015 Sea Secrets lecture series presented by the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and The Ocean Research and Education Foundation will host distinguished scientists and explorers to enlighten the South Florida community on our blue planet – from unraveling the mysteries of our seafood supply and drugs from the sea to understanding and protecting the breathtaking biodiversity that lies beneath, and so much more.

Sea Secrets will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 15 with a lecture by Paul Greenberg, James Beard award-winning author of the New York Times Bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood. The lectures, which run through May 14, are free and open to the public and designed to provide insight and information about the oceans that cover two-thirds of our planet to a non-scientific audience.

Programs take place in the Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and reserved seats are available for purchase. Parking is available at the Miami Seaquarium.

The 2015 Sea Secrets lecture series is sponsored by The Shepard Broad Foundation, Sullivan, Admire and Sullivan, P.A., Southern Wine & Spirits, Sheryl Gold, WPBT-PBS Channel 2 Miami and the University of Miami School of Communication.

Winners of the University of Miami’s 2015 Underwater Photography Contest will be announced after the April 16 lecture and winning images will be on display at the Rosenstiel School library.

2015 Sea Secrets Lecture Series schedule:


Paul Greenberg, Author

James Beard award-winning author of the New York Times Bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood. The United States controls more ocean than any country on Earth. Yet in spite of this incredible abundance of marine resources, more than 85% of the seafood we consume is imported. But it gets much fishier. American fishermen still export more than three-billion pounds of fish and shellfish every year. In this lecture James Beard award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Paul Greenberg will explain how it is we disconnected from our own seafood and how we might engineer a reconnection. With particular focus on Eastern oysters, Gulf shrimp and Alaska salmon he tells an unlikely tale of how we lost and might regain our local seafood. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015 – THE LANGUAGE OF DOLPHINS

Denise Herzing, Ph.D., Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

The Wild Dolphin Project is the longest-running underwater dolphin research project in the world. Since 1985, researchers have collected data on a resident community of Atlantic spotted dolphins, Stenella frontalis, including life history, reproductive, behavioral, acoustic, and genetic information. Spotted dolphins also share their habitat with resident bottlenose dolphins, making inter-species encounters another interesting aspect in the lives of these free-ranging dolphins. Dr. Herzing has authored and co-authored many papers in the fields of whale biology, animal communication, and human consciousness. Coverage of her work with the spotted dolphins has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Ocean Realm and Sonar magazines. Her work has been featured on Nature, Discovery Channel, PBS, ABC network television, BBC in England and NHK in Japan. In 2013 Dr. Herzing was a speaker at TED2013 in Long Beach, California.


Doug Allan, Ph.D., freelance wildlife and documentary cameraman who films both topside and underwater

This presentation by award-winning cameraman Doug Allan will feature his footage and still photography from series, such as The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. Exciting, humorous, and always engagingly revealing and refreshingly honest, Doug Allan will offer unique personal insights into the challenges of filming whales, polar bears and penguins. With 40 years of experience in the polar regions as a biologist and filmmaker, Doug will also talk about how climate change is affecting the polar ecosystems at the far ends of Earth.


In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 people and spilling an estimated five-million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Over the past five years since the devastating spill, the clean up, restoration, and scientific research have carried on. Scientists from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have led collaborative research projects with others from around the world to better understand this valuable ecosystem and the processes that transport oil from the site of the spill up onto our beaches and into our marshes. Join UM professors for a moderated discussion as they answer your questions with regard to, “What are the impacts of oil spills on the environment?”, “What have we learned over the past five years?” and “What mysteries still need to be solved?”


Daniel Baden, Ph.D., William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Marine Science, Director of the Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Translational science is a cross-disciplinary, scientific research that is motivated by the need for practical applications, helping people, animals, or the general life on Earth condition. Dr. Baden will discuss the concepts of Disruptive Technologies and Innovation in the context of Florida red tide research, and seek to draw some analogies from the work of Clay Christensen and Langdon Morris. Both scholars examine human behavioral responses to changes in technology, and contribute to an ever-growing body of evidence that the only way to progress is to subscribe to Permanent Innovation. Examples from his work will include red tide toxins for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, drugs developed for the cystic fibrosis, and drug carriers from red tide. Not for the faint-of-heart, the presentation will include serendipity, basic and applied science, business concepts, and some psychology.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit