Florida Tech Presents Indian River Lecture Sept. 24

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Lecture on Indian River Lagoon Seagrasses

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ABOVE MAP: The “Seagrasses of the Indian Lagoon System: Limitations After 100 Million Years of Adaptation,” is an hour long lecture is open to the public and will be held at the Harris Community Auditorium of the Foosaner Art Museum in downtown Eau Gallie.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Florida Institute of Technology presents “Seagrasses of the Indian Lagoon System: Limitations After 100 Million Years of Adaptation,” Sept. 24, one of six presentations in the Lifelong Scholar Society fall lecture series.

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Seagrasses have a long history of adaptation to life in the sea, especially to heavy grazing by herbivores such as sea urchins, green turtles and manatees. (SJRWMD.com image)

The presentation will be by Florida Tech Associate Professor Dick Turner, Biological Sciences Department.

The hour-long 6 p.m. lecture is open to the public and will be held at the Harris Community Auditorium of the Foosaner Art Museum in downtown Eau Gallie. A 30-minute discussion segment will follow.

Seagrasses have a long history of adaptation to life in the sea, especially to heavy grazing by herbivores such as sea urchins, green turtles and manatees.

Seagrasses have a long history of adaptation to life in the sea, especially to heavy grazing by herbivores such as sea urchins, green turtles and manatees.

Dick Turner

Dick Turner

However, their adaptations and the conditions in the sea place limits on the ability of seagrasses to respond to rapid environmental change and disturbance.

Understanding these limitations should help us confront problems in managing and restoring seagrass beds, which form critical habitats in coastal regions worldwide.

Admission costs $20, or $15 with coupon code FALL05. The six-lecture series may be purchased in its entirety for $90.

Tickets include a slice of freshly baked pie from Joan’s Perfect Pies located in downtown Eau Gallie. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Call 321-674-8382 or email PDPRegistration@FIT.edu for more information.


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