Lecture Series


The first Friday of each month we have a Noon Lecture from 12pm – 1pm

The third Friday of each month we have an Evening Lecture from 6pm – 7pm

October 2023
November 2023



Recycling Water to Minimize Ecosystem Degradation

Friday, November 17th, 2023 | 6pm – 7pm
Speaker: Albrey Arrington, Executive Director of the Loxahatchee River Environmental Control District

This presentation will explore the Loxahatchee River District’s efforts to preserve and protect the national wild & scenic Loxahatchee River through our innovative water recycling efforts, which include using recycled water to meet local landscape irrigation demands. We will explore the scenic beauty and natural diversity of the Loxahatchee River. We will explain how saltwater intrusion and excess nutrients are significant threats to the Loxahatchee River. Finally, we will clearly show how the LRD’s innovative water recycling efforts have benefitted the Loxahatchee River while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and maintain affordable wastewater treatment rates for our customers. 


December 2023


How We Can Fix Our Troubled Coastal Waters

Friday, December 1st, 2023 | 12pm – 1pm
Speaker: Aaron Adams, Director of Science and Conservation for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Senior Scientist at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Florida Atlantic University

Florida’s coastal waters and fisheries are suffering the consequences of decades of inadequate management. We see this daily – from algal blooms to seagrass die-offs and fish kills. Recent research found pharmaceuticals and glyphosate in nearly every fish sampled. Although Florida is marketed as the Fishing Capital of the World, our fisheries are suffering from habitat loss and water quality issues. The good news is that we know the sources and causes of the problems and have the solutions to fix our waters and fisheries. This presentation will summarize recent and ongoing research to identify the problems, and some of the solutions to fix them.


January 2024


Pennock Plantation

Friday, January 5th, 2023 | 12pm – 1pm
Speaker: Josh Liller, Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society

LRHS Historian Josh Liller explores the history of Jupiter’s Pennock Plantation. The Pennock family’s fernery and dairy was Jupiter’s largest employer for decades. Their civic leadership and Quaker values were an important part of our community. Josh Liller has been the Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society for the last decade. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, he is the co-author of Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee (Revised Edition), editor of The Florida Lighthouse Trail 2nd Edition, and editor-author of the LRHS Quarterly local history newsletter.


February 2024


Harper Carroll

Friday, February 2nd 2024 | 12pm – 1pm
Speaker: Harper Carroll, Fire Manager for PBC ERM

Harper Carroll is the fire manager for Palm Beach County ERM who has almost 30 years of Natural Resource Management and Restoration in Florida.  He has a B.S. in Biology from Loyola University in New Orleans, A M.B.A. from FAU in Environmental Science and a M.S. in Forestry Resource Conservation.  Prior to working for ERM he spent 9 years working for South Florida Water Management District on the Kissimmee River Restoration Project.  For last 19 years at ERM experience at ERM has included the major restoration projects of Cypress Creek and Loxahatchee Slough Natural Areas.  The  past 8 years he has been in the role of Fire Manager responsible for the implementation, planning and management of prescribe fire and vegetation fuels management on the 32,000 acres of Palm Beach County Natural Areas.  This presentation will be focusing on the importance of prescribed fire.


Annie Page

Friday, November 17th, 2023 | 6pm – 7pm
Speaker: Annie Page-Karjian, Associate Research Professor & Clinical Veterinarian & Harbor Branch Associate Director of Education

Join us in hearing Dr. Annie Page present findings about the effects of algal blooms to Sea Turtle health!

Dr. Annie Page is an Associate Research Professor & Clinical Veterinarian at Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. She also serves as the Harbor Branch Associate Director of Education and is Co-Director of the Marine Science & Oceanography Master’s Program. She is the Clinical Veterinarian for the Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Stranding, Health & Rehabilitation program, provides veterinary services for the Harbor Branch campus, and serves as a member of the FAU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Her research interests include epidemiology, pathogenesis, eco-immunology, and ecology of diseases affecting marine organisms. Her most recent research project addressed fundamental questions on characteristics of subclinical infection and transmission of chelonid fibropapilloma-associated herpesvirus infection, the likely etiologic agent of sea turtle fibropapillomatosis. Throughout the course of her career she has developed expertise in wildlife medicine and rehabilitation, molecular diagnostics, disease ecology, and veterinary pathology, and has covered topics such as conservation biology, environmental and public health, microbiology, immunology, toxicology, and genomics.