The South Carolina Aquarium will hold a six-part lecture series for its Holland Lifelong Learning Program, now in its fourth season. The programs are conducted by experts in their respective fields and will connect attendees with the wild like only an expert can.
The series kicks off Wed. Sept. 19 with the debut lecture: “A Balancing Act: Understanding Life on Local Reefs.” Check out a few highlights below, and find the full lineup online at scaquarium.org/lifelonglearning.
A Balancing Act: Understanding Life on Local Reefs
Wed. Sept. 19
SCDNR artificial reef coordinator Robert Martore and South Carolina Aquarium senior biologist and dive safety officer Arnold Postell take the audience on a virtual journey of what lies beneath: be it a ship lost to the water or a concrete cone, the ocean has laid claim to many items. Experience a diver’s view as you venture below the surface to see what now lives on man-made structures, and see why the importance of artificial reefs are needed to maintain a balanced ocean.
Unearthing a Mystery: Stories from Marine Mammal Paleontologists
Mace Brown Natural History Museum
Acquaint yourself with marine animals from millions of years ago during this tour led by Mace Brown Museum collections manager Sarah Michalies and lecture by CofC adjunct professor Dr. Bobby Boessenecker. This event delves into the time period when the most powerful creatures on the planet lived in the ocean, exploring how current life forms in the water have evolved since then.
World of Wonder: What Lies Beneath
Life below the ocean’s surface is still vastly unknown — only five percent of the ocean has been mapped and explored. Join the scientists that travel to the uncharted, and learn what we might have left to discover. More details will be announced at a later date.