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February 28, 2024
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Time Details:
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 N Ocean Boulevard
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EcoWatch Lecture Series – On the Cutting Edge of Conservation!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Glimpse the many faces of conservation as experts in their fields share their work, research, and experiences, with the common goal of a more sustainable future. Lectures will be held in the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Classroom, followed by a visit to our lighted aquariums for a special after-hours viewing of the nocturnal habits of our aquarium residents. Monthly lectures to continue through April. February 28, Chelsea Bennice, PhD aka “Octogirl” - Octopus Research: Behavior, Bacteria, and Beyond!

  • Adults and children 13 and up; children/minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Reservations are recommended to assure space for you or your group in these free programs; please call  (561)544-8605 to reserve.

February 28, 2024

"Octopus Research: Behavior, Bacteria, and Beyond!"
Dr. Chelsea Bennice – Florida Atlantic University

Octopuses are an important group in many marine food webs and serve as bioinspiration for soft robotics.  Join Dr. Bennice as she takes you on a virtual research dive to study her “octo-topics” including behavior, the skin microbiome, and species identification.  

Spending more than 1,000 hours underwater studying octopuses, Dr. Bennice has earned her nickname “OctoGirl,” a signature she uses to share her passion for octopuses and marine conservation. She uses innovative science tools such as a 24 hour camera, the octopus monitoring gadget (OMG), and a floating lab to aid in answering research questions to advance basic and applied sciences.

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