Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 N.E. 6th Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060, 954-786-4111. Doors open at 6:30pm when all can enjoy the Raffle Table, Sand Flea Market, and Library. The main program commences at about 7PM. All are invited!
At this month’s meeting, on April 9th, we welcome Charles Messing from the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. His program is entitled “Dark Reefs and Ancient Gardens: Life on the Floor of the Gulf Stream”, and is about exploring via submersible and remote vehicle the amazing variety of habitats and creatures that inhabit the floor of the Straits of Florida.
Professor Charles Messing’s research focuses on the ecology and evolution of crinoids (sea lilies and featherstars) and the ecology of deep-sea coral reefs and rocky-bottom habitats. He has led 13 manned submersible expeditions and led or participated in over 30 other research and educational expeditions. His research has been funded by NSF, NOAA, FFWCC, and others, and he is the author or co-author of 54 scientific papers. His video credentials include two episodes of Messing with Nature (NSU, 2010, host & writer), and Hidden Oases: Florida’s Deep-Sea Reefs (NSU/NOAA/BECON, 2008; writer). Learn more about him and his research at https://charles-messing.squarespace.com/