As part of the 2015 Florida Sea Grant Newell Seminar Series, Lad Akins, director of special projects at Reef Environmental Education Foundation, will be visiting the University of Central Florida to give a lecture titled, “The Science Behind Understanding the Lionfish Invasion and Eradication Efforts in Florida and the Caribbean.”
The free program will take place Thursday, February 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 209 of the Biology building at the University of Central Florida. The public is invited to attend. Akins will also be giving an additional public seminar that evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach.
Akins focuses his research on lionfish invasions throughout the Caribbean, Florida and Gulf of Mexico. He was recently named a “Sea Hero” by Scuba Diving Magazine, and is a co-organizer of the lionfish session at the annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference.
The Newell Seminar Series brings experts from around the world to campuses affiliated with the Florida Sea Grant network to address coastal or ocean topics of importance in Florida. For more information, visit: https://www.flseagrant.org/funding/open/newell/