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Shell Museum offers presentations

By Staff | Dec 23, 2011

Dr. Steve Geiger of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will give a lecture at the Shell Museum.

Dr. Steve Geiger of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., will be The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum’s first presenter in the 2012 Natural Science Lecture series at the museum from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11.

Geiger is a research scientist in the Marine Fisheries Research department and he has been employed with the State of Florida since 1988. He has worked in the Molluscan Fisheries group since 2001 and he has led the group since 2009. His current work focuses on shellfish monitoring and restoration of primarily scallops, hard clams and oysters.

He has published 13 peer-reviewed articles and co-authored a book chapter on such topics as scallops, stone crabs, plankton dynamics, and Antarctic deep sea fish. He also has five years of experience on crustacean fisheries research and four years of public outreach background.

In 1986 he received his bachelors degree in marine science from Southampton College. He received his masters degree in 1993 and doctorate in 1999 from the University of South Florida. His master’s research focused on the biology of juvenile tarpon and his doctoral research focused on zooplankton responses to changes in food supply.

The shell museum’s Friday Lunch Hour series continues at noon Jan. 13, as world traveler and shell expert Dr. Gary Schmelz shares colorful sea life images during his “Wonders of the South Pacific Coral Reefs” presentation.

Dr. Schmelz has led several Shell Museum-sponsored shelling and fossil excursions.

Both lectures are free with museum admission or membership.