2015/2016 Lecture Series

Marine Biology & Conservation Lecture Series

lecture-seriesPresented by Thomas More College and WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium’s Riverside Room

The WAVE Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural “Marine Biology & Conservation Lecture Series,” presented by Thomas More College & Wave Foundation at the Newport Aquarium’s Riverside Room. This lecture series features an exciting lineup of scientists, educators, explorers and conservationists who will speak on the topic of marine systems and their conservation.

The 2015 featured lecturers include national and international experts from around the globe working on ocean health, shark conservation and animal migrations.

Each evening includes light appetizers and drinks, live exotic animal encounters, presentation, and question and answer session.

Register now for Dr. Lucy Hawkes


Lecture Series Cost (per lecture):

General Admission – $20

Newport Aquarium Employee/Volunteer/Passholder – $15

Thomas More College Employee/Student – $15

Location: Riverside Room at Newport Aquarium
Estimated Timeline for the Evening:

6:00 p.m.: Arrival in the Riverside Room at Newport Aquarium
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Light appetizers and drinks and animal encounters
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Presentation
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Q and A
9:30 p.m.: event ends

Lecture Series Speakers


Dr. Lucy Hawkes

Thirty-four Years of Tracking Sea Turtles: What We Now Know and How We Can Use it in Conservation
May 18, 2016

Dr. Lucy Hawkes is a physiological ecologist, whose work focuses on the costs and drivers of migration in vertebrates using emergent technologists such as satellite telemetry, heart rate logging, accelerometry, and metabolic rate measurements. She uses technical approaches including spatial ecology, remote sensing and respirometry to make empirical measurements that help in the understanding of extensive migratory performances. Her work has also researched the impact of external forcing factors, such as climate change and disease ecology on migration and breeding ecology. Notably she is also a member of the Marine Turtle Research group.

Dr. Hawkes visited the aquarium several years ago and WAVE is looking forward to her return visit.  Click on the video below to see what you can expect to learn about during her lecture.

2015/2016 Lecture Series Speakers


Dr. David E. Guggenheim

Lessons from the Deep: What the Oceans are Telling Us and Why it Matters
September 9, 2015

Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot, ocean explorer and educator. Guggenheim holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University in Virginia, a Master’s in Aquatic and Population Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s in Regional Science and Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. As an interesting fact, this explorer has piloted the first-ever manned submersible dives into the world’s largest underwater canyons in the Bering Sea as a scientific advisor to Greenpeace.

Thank you to everyone who attended the inaugural lecture with Dr Guggenheim.

Pictures from Lessons from the Deep with Dr. David Guggenheim

Slideshow coming soon

Photos by Gregory Macke, Thomas More College


Dr. Craig O’Connell

Living with Sharks
January 20, 2016

Dr. Craig O’Connell completed his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts studying the effects of magnets on the feeding and swimming behaviors of four shark species; tiger, bull, great white, and hammerhead. During 2014 Shark Week, Dr. O’Connell was on the Discovery Channel talking about his research with hammerhead electro sensitivity.

In 2013 Dr. O’Connell founded the O’Seas Conservation Foundation in New York and is the director of the foundation. This foundation works to conduct conservation focused research involving elasmobranch species in the local coastal waters as well as educate and inspire local youth through hands-on experience and education.

The WAVE Foundation has provided funding for Dr. O’Connell’s research the last couple of years and we are excited to meet him in person and learn about the research he is doing.

If you were unable to make it to Dr. O’Connell’s lecture, click below to view the video of his presentation.