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Hodges to feature nationally recognized marine scientist at free lecture

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Hodges University will present a free lecture featuring marine scientist Dr. Ellen Prager. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 29 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Hodges University Science and Technology building, 2655 Northbrooke Drive, just off I-75, in Naples.

 Dr. Prager will present fun stories and images from her new book highlighting the strange cast of characters that inhabit the oceans’ depths and how they are connected to society in everything from our food supply to the economy, jobs, and biomedical research and biotechnology.  From the tiny voracious arrow worms, whose predatory ways may lead to death by overeating; to the hagfish that ties itself into a knot to keep from suffocating in its own slime; to the sea slug whose sexual encounters can truly turn into a dangerous liaison due to untimely cannibalism, Prager will provide an entertaining ocean tell-all and a realistic look at why we all should care about the loss of species in the sea.

Dr. Ellen Prager is well-respected marine scientist and author, formerly the chief scientist at the world’s only undersea research station, Aquarius Reef Base, in the Florida Keys and assistant dean at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  She now focuses much of her efforts on bringing ocean and earth science to the public through books, public speaking, and working with the media.  Dr. Prager has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Larry King and more. Her publications include Chasing Science at Sea, The Oceans, and Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis; children’s books including Sand, Volcano, and Earthquakes with the National Geographic Society; and a children’s novel, Adventure on Dolphin Island.

This session of the CLL is free of charge and open to the public, but pre-registrations are requested. For more information, please contact Sarah Eldridge at (239) 598-6210.

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