Seaside Chats are informal presentations about ocean topics associated with Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the Gulf of Mexico. These presentations take place on Wednesday evenings in February, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Seaside Chats 2018
This year, the Seaside Chats take place on the Texas A&M Galveston campus in the Waterfront Pavilion. As the name implies, this beautiful room overlooks the campus waterfront where their vessel, R/V MANTA, is docked.
The Waterfront Pavilion at the TAMUG Ocean and Coastal Sciences Building (Image: FGBNMS/Drinnen)
The topics this season focus on exploration and monitoring of ocean habitats. They'll start by unraveling the differences between types of coral (hard, soft, octo, black) that they encounter in explorations. Then they will share the interesting discoveries encountered by NOAA's ship for exploration, Okeanos Explorer, during a December 2017 expedition in the Gulf of Mexico. And finally, they look at the consequences of coral bleaching, a mass mortality event and hurricanes on our precious reefs.
Parking is marked in yellow near the Sea Aggie Center (#3026) off of Texas Clipper Rd. The presentations are in the Ocean & Coastal Sciences Building (#3029) in the area marked Pavilion.
6:30-7:30 p.m. at Texas A&M Galveston, Waterfront Pavilion
Texas Clipper Road, Galveston, TX 77554
February 21 - Corals: More Than Your Garden Variety
presented by Marissa Nuttall, FGBNMS
February 28 - Okeanos Expedition 2017: Surprising Finds in the Gulf of Mexico
presented by Charles Messing, Nova Southeastern University
March 7 - Reef Resilience: Bleaching, Mortality and Hurricanes, Oh My!
presented by Michelle Johnston, FGBNMS