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Environmental History of Florida's Coastal Seas Topic of April FSU Coastal & Marine Lab Lecture

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, located in St. Teresa, will hold a free public lecture on Thursday, April 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served after the talk.

{sidebar id=1}The topic of Thursday's lecture is "The Environmental History of Florida's Coastal Seas."  It will be presented by Loren McClenachan, who earned her Ph.D. in marine biology in 2009 from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and now serves as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Biological Science at The Florida State University.  Her research is focused on the fields of historical marine ecology and marine environmental history.

"Non-traditional historical data sources -- including observations by fishermen, nautical charts, and historical photographs -- contain information that can be used to describe changes in marine ecosystems over time," McClenachan said.  "Likewise, the social history of coastal communities can help to interpret the environmental history of the region.  Florida's coastal communities have a rich social and ecological history, and my talk will explore interactions between people and the sea over time, including the early sponge industry, recreational fisheries, and the history of the Caribbean monk seal in Florida."

The lecture will be held:

7 P.M. - 9 P.M.   

The FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory is located at 3618 Coastal Hwy 98 in Franklin County -- at the intersection of highways 319 and 98, halfway between Carrabelle and Panacea, about 45 miles southwest of Tallahassee.

To learn more about the free public lecture this month, or about future lectures planned as part of the monthly Coastal & Marine Conservation 2010 Lecture Series, contact the laboratory at (850) 697-4095, or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or visit the Web site at .

The FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory collects non-perishable food at each monthly lecture, in association with Second Harvest of the Big Bend, part of "The Nation's Food Bank Network."  Lecture attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item and help solve the community's hunger crisis.

This information originally published on April 21, 2010.

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