Schedule of Events


TENTATIVE ITINERARY (ALL TIMES AND LOCATIONS ARE CURRENTLY TBA):
 
JANUARY 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida  

1ST CONFERENCE SESSION – TIME AND LOCATION ARE TBA – MANDATORY FOR ALL PRESENTERS AND CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

JANUARY 5 – Sea Day  

CONFERENCE SESSION WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DAY

JANUARY 6 – Sea Day

FREE DAY - No Sessions

JANUARY 7 – St. Maarten

SCIENTIST-LED SHORE EXCURSIONS

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

JANUARY 8 – St. Kitts

SCIENTIST-LED SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANEL SESSION AND FILM FESTIVAL

JANUARY 9 – San Juan, Puerto Rico 

SCIENTIST-LED SHORE EXCURSIONS

JANUARY 10 – Grand Turk  

CONFERENCE SESSIONS WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT DAY

COCKTAIL PARTY TBA

JANUARY 11 - Sea Day

Conference sessions will be held throughout the day

JANUARY 12 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 

Disembark

Presenters:

Presenters are still being finalized and more may be added in the coming months, however we currently have on the schedule the following presenters:

Dr. James Lindholm - Dr. Lindholm is the James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy and the Director of the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at California State University Monterey Bay.  He achieved his BA at California Polytechnic State University and his MA and PhD from Boston University.  

Paige Plier - ​Environmental Specialist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  She achieved her BA from University of Missouri – Columbia and her MA from University of West Florida.  She will be discussing several aspects of the DEP, including conservation initiatives, state agency marine research, and public outreach.

Moriah Moore – President of Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy (CMERA) where she dedicates herself to the research of elasmobranchs as well as educating and training college undergraduates in marine biology, ecology, and field research.  She achieved her BS in Marine Biology from University of West Florida and her MS in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies from Coastal Carolina University.  She will be discussing current events in marine conservation.

Sabrina DiNella - as an Education Coordinator at The Florida Aquarium, Sabrina shares her passion for the marine environment through the development and implementation of various educational programs.  She currently oversees the overnight program, Sleep with the Fishes, and the once grant funded program, Watershed Investigations. She achieved her BS in Marine Biology from The University of Tampa.  Sabrina will be conducting 2 presentations on 2 of the 4 conservation initiatives highlighted throughout the aquarium - 1.) The Florida Aquarium’s Seafood Now program and ways in which our community can work towards promoting healthy oceans, sustainable seafood, and responsible fishing practices and 2.) Watershed health of Apollo Beach.

Dr. Roldán A. Valverde - Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University and Scientific Director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy.  Dr. Valverde is originally from Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  He achieved his undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and his PhD at Texas A&M University.  His work has primarily focused on the arribada nesting phenomenon of Olive Ridley sea turtles.  He will be discussing the nesting ecology and conservation biology of arribada Olive Ridley sea turtles as well as nest harvesting.  He will be conducting 2 presentations - one focusing on ecology and the other focusing on physiology.