New FAU Harbor Branch executive director to kick off lecture series

Anton Post, Ph.D. to give first presentation of the season
Anton Post
Anton Post

The Treasure Coast community will soon have the opportunity to meet Anton Post, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s incoming executive director. Post will kick off Harbor Branch’s annual Ocean Science Lecture Series winter season on Jan. 11, 2017 at 4 and 7 p.m. with a talk on climate change. Those who attend will have the chance to meet and speak with Post following his lectures.

Talks will be presented by other FAU Harbor Branch researchers weekly thereafter each Wednesday through April 5, at 4 and 7 p.m., at Harbor Branch’s Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce. Admission is free. (The full season schedule is listed below.)

Post will lead a new strategic effort to develop interdisciplinary research by combining expertise across many FAU centers and colleges, including FAU Harbor Branch. He currently serves as the executive director of the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, and will officially begin as executive director at Harbor Branch on Jan. 3, 2017.

For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or

2017 Ocean Science Lecture Series Winter Season Schedule:

Jan. 11             Anton Post, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

Climate Change Adaptation, from Marine Microbes to Coastal Communities

Jan. 18             Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        Deep Discoveries: Exploring the Mariana Trench

Jan. 25             Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        Sharks with Spectators

Feb. 1               Steve Burton, FAU Harbor Branch

                        The Importance of Marine Mammal Stranding Response

Feb. 8               Grant Gilmore, Estuarine, Coastal and Ocean Science, Inc.

                        The Indian River Lagoon: Back to the Future

Feb. 15             Adam Schaefer, FAU Harbor Branch

                        Wildlife Epidemiology and Public Health: What Marine Species Can Tell Us

about Our Shared Environment

Feb. 22             Greg O’Corry- Crowe, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        The CetOMICS Initiative: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Studying Cetacean

Molecular Biology

March 1            Megan Davis, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        Ocean Entrées: Cooking with a Caribbean Flair

March 8            Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        The Unexplored World of Microbial Diversity in the IRL Watershed

March 15          Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        Harmful Algal Blooms in the Indian River Lagoon

March 22          J.M. Adovasio, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        Early Human Populations in the New World: A Biased Perspective

March 29          Annie Page-Karjian, DVM, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        Marine Wildlife Rehabilitation: Principles, Benefits, and Goals

April 5              Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch

                        The Indian River Lagoon: “You Can Observe a Lot by Just Watching”       

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