GTM Research Reserve Marineland Offers Lecture, “Price Check on Aisle Nature”

Jan. 13, 2015


PONTE VEDRA BEACH – The GTM Research Reserve invites the public to a free lecture, “Price Check on Aisle Nature,” on Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 10-11 a.m. at the Marineland Field Office.

“Changes in ecosystem services can affect the economy and society,” said Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve. “This month’s lecture will provide some amazing facts combining math, money, marine science, the diminishing value of ecosystem services and what we can do about it.”

Ecosystem services are the contributions from marine and coastal ecosystems that support, sustain and enrich human life. Kenneth Rainer, education coordinator at the GTM Research Reserve will present, “Price Check on Aisle Nature” focusing on ecosystem service valuation.

Rainer earned his bachelor’s in biology from Texas A&M University, Galveston, and a master’s in biology from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. His previous research focused on marine population genetics, along with serving as education specialist for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. He has since integrated his background in research science with his interest and practical experience in environmental education.

The program is one of an ongoing third-Tuesday-of-the-month lecture series designed to help inform the public about their coastal natural world. These events are free, so space is limited and reservations are requested. Reservations can be made online here or call 904-823-4500 for more information. 

WHAT:   Lecture: “Price Check on Aisle Nature”

WHEN:   Tuesday, Jan. 20
               10 – 11 a.m.

WHERE: GTM Marineland Office
               9741 N Ocean Shore Blvd
               Marineland, FL 32137

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