Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce will kick off the 2020 John & Barbara Ferrara Ocean Science Lecture Series on Jan. 8, 2020, at 4 and 7 p.m.

FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Explorer and Marine Biologist, Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., will open the series by sharing details about her 9-day underwater mission with international NASA Astronauts.

FAU Harbor Branch researchers and distinguished guest lecturers, including 4Ocean and Changing Seas, will present weekly lectures each Wednesday through March 18, 2020, at 4 and 7 p.m., at FAU Harbor Branch’s Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce. Lectures are free and open to the public; to register for a 2020 season pass to facilitate admission, please visit www.fau.edu/hboi/community/osls.php.

For more information, contact FAU Harbor Branch's Ocean Discovery Visitors Center at 772-242-2293 or visit fau.edu/hboi/community/osls.php.


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Founded in 1971, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit
About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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