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Dive into marine science topics with the Ocean Expert Exchange series hosted by Scientist in Every Florida School and the ANGARI Foundation.  Join us on these virtual experiences to deepen your knowledge of the marine world through livestream on Zoom and YouTube.

Learn about the largest species of grouper in the Atlantic Ocean and how Florida waters are vital nurseries for their young.


Topic: Florida’s Goliath Grouper

Speaker: Dr. Robert Ellis, Associate Research Scientist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Dr. Ellis is a marine ecologist interested in the forces that shape fish communities and regulate biodiversity in the ocean, with a goal to improve understanding of how anthropogenic influences modify the way species interact with each other and their habitats. His research efforts include groupers as a model for studying things like population dynamics, species interactions, and movement ecology. He is also interested in fisheries management. As an Associate Research Scientist at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, he researches reef fish ecology to assist in the sustainable management of marine fishery resources.

K-12 Resources

Spring Series Schedule:

Feb. 8  – Coral Bleaching and the Florida Keys

Mar. 7 – Horse Shoe Crabs

Apr. 4 – Florida’s Goliath Grouper


Name: Scientist in Every Florida School

Email: skillingsworth@floridamuseum.ufl.edu

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Name: ANGARI Foundation

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ZOOM Webinar

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