Past Club Speakers
  • May 20th, 2015 - Vin Malkoski of the Mass Dept of Marine Fisheries presented New England fish and Shellfish regulartions for divers.
  • April
  • March
  • Feb. 18th, 2015 Randi Rotjan gave an amazing talk on the species of hard coral we have in New England. This small and hearty coral that lives right here and can survive both the heat of New England summers and the brutal New England winters. This often-overlooked animal has secrets to tell - besides it's very existence, it may be an important study tool to understand the function of tropical corals in changing environments. She even suggested using the dive club as spotters to help in her research!
  • January
  • December
  • November
  • October
  • September
  • August
  • July 16th, 2014 - Dr. John Mandelman, director of research and senior scientist at the New England Aquarium's John H. Prescott Marine Laboratory, spoke about the conservation efforts being used to help the Atlantic cod.
  • June 18th, 2014 Bob Michelson: New England Fish ID - Bob gave his New England REEF Fish ID course, and detailed how to identify the most likely fishes that one can encounter during the GAFC
  • May 21th, 2014 - Ted Maney - The new REEF invertabrate ID program. Ted gave e detailed talk about REEF's new invertebrate program, and showed how to identify 60 native and invasive invertebrate and algae species. Species included in the program were selected in consultation with regional scientists and experts to serve as a representative sample of the biodiversity of the region.
  • April
  • March
  • Febuary
  • January
  • December
  • November
  • October
  • September
  • August
  • July 17th, 2013 - Daniel Fernando, a scientist with the Manta Trust discussed his research surveying fish markets for manta ray landings in Sri Lanka. He was awarded the Aquarium's Marine Conservation Action Fund, and his research contributed to the March 2013 CITES vote which significantly strengthened protections for manta rays.
    Daniel also shared a clip from an Aljazeera documentary on the manta ray fishery that featuring Daniel's Sri Lanka project. Daniel appears in the first few minutes of the film and then again starting at approximately 17 minutes.
    View the NEAq blog post on this project's connection to the CITES victory

  • June 19th, 2013 - Bob Michelson gave his New England REEF Fish ID course, and detailed how to identify the most likely fishes that one can encounter during the GAFC
  • May
  • April
  • March
  • Febuary
  • January 15th, 2013 - Amy Fleischer from Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary presented Sea Turtle 411. Her talk was full of interesting information about turtles (they got oxygen through the osmosis when they sleep, they travel the world, it take a long time for turtle to mature etc) and information about efforts to protect these endangered and threatened species. She took part in patrolling the nesting sites in Florida and visited the Loggerhead Marine life Center in Juno, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida Oceanographic Institution in Stuart, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, both in Naples – all of which play an important role in protecting sea turtle nests, rescuing and rehabilitating injured or ill sea turtles, and promoting scientific study of sea turtles. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary rescues cold-stunned sea turtles in the winter months, which are rehabilitated at New England Aquarium’s Quincy facility; an overview of these activities and the 2012 stranding season concluded the talk.
  • December 19th, 2012 - Our annual show and tell featured the underwater proposal of our new Shore dive coordinator, Greg. Rick and Dan Bahamas showed slides from their recent Bahamas trip and we had a showing of the New England segments of Ocean Frontiers
  • November
  • October
  • September
  • August 15th, 2012- Joy and Uma gave a presentation on JawsFest over the weekend, and Samantha Whitcomb gave a presentation about SharkSavers and their various programs.
  • July 18th, 2012 - Vic Mastone: gave a presentation on Underwater Archaeology, and the discovery of : 17th century Nipmuc mishoonahs in Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester.
  • June - Bob Michelson gave his New England REEF Fish ID course, and detailed how to identify the most likely fishes that one can encounter during the GAFC
  • May 16, 2012- Dan Laughlin from the Aquarium detailed the changes that would be happening as the GOT and aquarium are remodeled
  • April - Matthew Lawrence: Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Diving Opportunities
  • March - Members Night Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium’s NEW Animal Care Center in Quincy!
  • February 15, 2012 - Wayne Sentman gave a presentation on tagging green Sea Turtles. For more information, visit: http://www.oceanicsociety.org/trip/research/ulithi-sea-turtles 
  • October 16, 2011 - Joy Marzolf and Uma Mirani gave presentations about diving with white sharks. Joy was talking about Great White Sharks of Guadalupe. She went on a dive boat from San Diego, sailing 22 hrs to the remote island to see great whites. She took lots of great pictures of this magnificent fish. Uma was talking about her recent trip to South Africa – “White sharks versus cape fur seals in False Bay. She talked about research on behavior of great whites and seal colony as well as her land trip to meet other animals.
  • September 21st, 2011 - Maryhelen Shuman-Groh talked about Dive Travel and Sustainability.
  • August 17th, 2011 - Ken Mallory talked about Adventures beneath the sea – living in an underwater scientific station. He talked briefly about history of underwater habitats – in sixties many countries had underwater habitats from Cousteau Star Fish house to the US Sea Lab III. Humans dreamed for a long time about living underwater and many architects draw plans of sunken cities. Today only one underwater habitat exists – Aquarius off Key Largo near the Conch Reef. Ken spent there a week living with 7 other people tracking fish. The fish was caught, tag surgically inserted and fish movement tracked. Most fish stayed close to home e.g. habitat.
  • July 20th, 2011 - Bob Michelson in preparation for the GAFC event talked about 20 most likely fishes that one can encounter during the GAFC. The most abandoned fish is cunner followed by winter flounder, striped bass, rock gunnel, Pollock, sea raven, winter skate, fluke, sculpin, grubby, down to red hake. Bob provided also points how to use the habitat to identify fish and reminded that one can’t relay on fish colors for identification, since the same species can often come in variety of colors, see sea raven.
  • June 15th, 2011 - Nick Fazah talked about misconceptions about the free diving, physiology, proper breathing and blackouts. He also showed the amazing videos of people silently swimming around the wrecks without noisy scuba gear.
  • June 15th, 2011 - Holly Martell Bourbon had a short presentation about REEF and upcoming GAFC event. Holly is updating the current curriculum and hopes to include invertebrates (Pacific Northwest is already doing that) in the survey.
  • May 18th, 2011 - Mike Walsh: Exploring Indonesia: Raja Ampat, Lembeh Strait and Amazing Camouflage Creatures
  • April 20th, 2011 Wayne Sentman: Effects of the Recent Tsunami on Wildlife of the Hawaiian Atolls
  • March
  • Febuary 16th, 2011 - Fred Riger: "Lionfish: Savior of the reef"- Since the 2005 when the first lionfish was observed in Bahamas Fred noticed improvement in the health of corral reef and return of long spine sea urchins and crabs. His controversial message is that lion fish is not a problem, but they act as a surrogate for species that are missing from the reef that kept algae in check. Fred is the operator of Grand Bhamas Scuba, and there are regular trips to the bahamas on the Dive Travel page
  • January 19th, 2011 - Mark Potter: "Diving Fiji" Mark talked about a recent trip to Fiji, #1 reason to go to Fiji - The Diving #2 reason to go to Fiji - The Friendliest People
  • December 15th, 2010 - Andrew Martinez: "Marine Life of the North Atlantic". Andy talked about the new edition of his well known book that now covers Canada to Cape May and shown stunning pictures of creatures from sponges, anemones, jellies, mollusks, crabs to fishes.
  • November 17, 2010 - Jonathan Bird - "Diving Statia" Jonathan talked about his 2008 trip to the small island of St. Eustatius. The island boasts wrecks and an abundance of fish, and it's small population keep it largely untouched.
  • October 20th, 2010 - Marissa Wozniak - “Diving the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary” Marissa talked about several recreational dive sites in Sanctuary and show videos from diving Sanctuary Hill, Jeffrey’s Ledge, Sponge Forest and two wrecks. She also talked about non-profit organization Stellwagen Alive! dedicated to protection, preservation and restoration of the sanctuary.
  • September 15th, 2010 - Val and John Feehan, and Ryan King gave a presentation about “Les Escumins, Quebec” John provided some historical background, Val gave a lot of useful tips and information and Ryan talk about marine life there. We were treated to lots of excellent pictures taken by Val and Ryan.
  • August 18th, 2010 Wayne Sentman gave a talk about Turneffe Atoll, Belize. He spoke about the Oceanic Society's project in Belize and Wayne's recent trip there co-leading a tour with Sylvia Earle!
  • July 21st, 2010 - Membership Coordinator Charlie Benoit spoke about his experiences on a recent NEAq Collecting trip. This trip is unique in that it included professors and students from Roger Williams University who were introduced to (REEF) surveys, fish collection techniques, and assisted aquarium researchers with six of their ongoing research projects. Charlie's blog about the experience was posted here
  • June 16th, 2010 - Holly Martel Bourbon gave a presentation about REEF and how to become a member. This was followed by Bob Michelson's presentation on how to identify the top 20 common species in New England waters - a great primer for the GAFC.
  • May 12th, 2010 - Women Divers Hall of Famer Faith Ortins gave a presentation about her 2010 trip to Antartica
  • April 21st, 2010 - Photographer Andy Martinez gave a presentation on Indonesia's Lembeh Strait
  • March 17th, 2010 - Dive Club Liason Bill Murphy led the dive club on a behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium Cold Water Gallery and GOT
  • Febuary 17th, 2010 - Vin Malkoski & Holly Bourbon spoke about Recreational Lobstering and Crabbing in MA
  • January 20th, 2010 - Holly Martel Bourbon talked about a History of Sea Rovers
  • November 18th, 2009 - Joint Lowell Lecture: Anita Metzler presented An American Tail:  The Life and Science of the American Lobster (Homarus americanus)
  • October 26th, 2009 - Ryan Hunter gave a presentation about the Historical Diving Society, he gave an overview of the Society, its mission, and its current operations.
  • September 16th, 2009 - Jonathan Bird The Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and producer spoke about
  • August 19th, 2009 - John Hanzl - Diving and preparation for the Andrea Doria. John is also a writer, visit www.outofhellskitchen.com
  • July 15th, 2009 - Bob Michelson - REEF Fish ID Course
  • June 17th, 2009 - Al Bozza and Jim Carozza: Dominica
  • May 20, 2009 - Mark Wiley - Invasive species to New England. Learn more at Sea Grant Marine Invader Tracking Program and MIT Sea Grant Invaders program
  • April 15, 2009 -
  • March 18, 2009 - Ethan Gordon - Sharks of Cocos Island.. Learn more at http://www.ethangordon.com/
  • Febuary 18, 2009 - Wayne Sentman - Midway Atoll - A Window into the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
  • January 21, 2009 Heather Tausig – Director of Conservation at the NeAq Presented the New England Aquarium Sustainable Fisheries Initiative www.neaq.org/fisheries or www.neaq.org/FofM
  • November 19, 2008 - Mike Walsh -Lembeh Strait, Indonesia Macro Photos
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