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Through a generous donation in 1998, Dr. Irving Schweppe, Jr. and his daughters, Anne S. Ashmun and Jane V. S. Scott endowed the Laura Randall Schweppe Endowed Lecture Series in Marine Science at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. The series honors the memory of a wife and mother who had a lifelong love of the marine environment, especially around Port Aransas. The lecture series brings accomplished scientists to the Marine Science Institute to interact with its faculty, staff, and students and especially to foster new ideas and research collaborations. In addition, these visiting scientists often give a lecture on a topic of interest to the general public.

All lectures are located in the Marine Science Education Center Auditorium unless otherwise noted.


Friday, April 8, 2016 - 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Bongkeun Song, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary
"From 16S to Microbiome Function"

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 4:00 p.m. 
Dr. Emanuel Di Lorenzo, The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
“A rocky ride to a warmer future: the North Pacific great anomaly 2013-2016”


Monday, May 18, 2015 - 3:30 p.m. 
Dr. Andrew Juhl, Columbia Universtiy
"The Arctic's Secret Garden: Algae Living in Arctic Sea Ice and Their Role in Coastal Arctic Marine Ecosystems"

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 3:30 p.m. 
Dr. John O. Dabiri, California Institute of Technology
"Ocean Mixing by Swimming Animals"

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Iris Anderson, Virginia Institute of Marine Science,
College of William & Mary
"Estuaries as sources or sinks of carbon: climatic drivers"