Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series

Public lectures on coastal issues.

Sunrise_Mamaroneck_19Aug2013Lecture series is FREE and open to the public.

Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.

Lectures are held in the UConn Avery Point auditorium, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton. Enter from the Academic Building main entrance, auditorium is on second floor at end of hall (disabled accessible); or enter through the student center, go up one flight of stairs. [campus map]

This series is sponsored by The UConn Avery Point Campus Director’s Office, The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program, the UConn Department of Marine Sciences and the UConn Maritime Studies Program. 

For more information or to be added to the listserve, email CoastalPerspectives@uconn.edu or call 860-405-9025 or 860-405-9149.

2018 Lecture Highlights

Please join us in our newly renovated 300-seat auditorium for the 21st annual Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series. The auditorium is located near the new student center on the west end of campus.

This lecture series attempts to span the breadth of human interactions with coastal waters, including speakers from the natural and social sciences.

Download a printable version of the Coastal Perspectives Lecture schedule [CstlPersp2018_flyer].

February 6 – Peter Malinowski, Executive Director, Billion Oyster Project

Billion Oyster Project: oyster restoration as a strategy for improving ecological and educational outcomes for public school students and the largest open space in New York Harbor

February 20 – Kroum Batchvarov, Ph.D., UCONN Associate Professor of Anthropology

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project

March 6 – Jennifer R. Marlon, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Climate change in the American mind: communication, challenges and opportunities

March 20 – Bailey Pryor, six-time Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, Founder of The Real McCoy Rum.

Rum runners of the Prohibition Era

April 3 – Panel Discussion: “Shellfish aquaculture and management in Connecticut

Garrett Timmons – Riverhawk Oysters, Stonington

Julie Rose, Ph.D. – Research Ecologist, NOAA Fisheries, Connecticut Shellfish Initiative Task Force

Don Murphy, Ph.D. – Stonington Shellfish Commission

Moderator: Tessa Getchis, Connecticut Sea Grant

April 17 – Michelle Zacks, Ph.D., Associate Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University

The Creole world of mullet in early American Florida

Revisit our past lectures…

February 9, 2016 – Antony Adler, Ph.D., Visiting Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; View the Recorded LectureRace to the Bottom: The Forgotten Quest to Conquer and Colonize the Seafloor, 1960 – 1975


February 23, 2016 
– Gregory Skomal, Ph.D., Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries; View the Recorded LectureSeeing Deeper into the World of the Great White Shark


March 8, 2016 
– Tanya Kelley, M.L.A., Landscape Architect of Place Studio in Newport, RI; View the Recorded LectureStrategies for a Diverse and Vibrant Newport Harbor


March 22, 2016 
– Patrick Comins, Director of Bird Conservation for Connecticut, CT Audubon Society; View the Recorded LectureThe Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds: Partnering to conserve threatened coastal birds in Connecticut


April 5, 2016 
– Helen M. Rozwadowski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of UConn History and UConn Maritime Studies Program; View the Recorded LectureThird Discovery of the Sea?


April 19, 2016 
– James Prosek, Artist, Writer, and Naturalist; View the Recorded LectureNaming and Ordering Nature: An Artist’s Perspective