Program Details

Our Coral Reef Ecosystems: Exploration and Conservation in a Changing Climate - Delray Beach

Joshua Voss

Course Description

OLLI at FAU on location in Delray Beach! The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, which is now operating Old School Square, is hosting OLLI at FAU for a special series of lectures at the Square. The lectures will focus on South Florida climate and coastal issues. Join us at the Vintage Gym located at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue (at Atlantic Avenue) in Downtown Delray Beach.  Free parking at the Old School Parking Garage located at 180 NE 1st St, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Enjoy a day in Delray, come for the lecture and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants located along the Square!

Coral reefs are stunning ecosystems that foster immense biodiversity, support critical fisheries, and protect our coastlines.  However, due to threats such as climate change, emerging diseases, and poor water quality, coral reefs are currently facing major challenges throughout Florida and worldwide.  Join Dr. Voss to learn about ongoing efforts to integrate exploration and experimental approaches to better understand and protect coral ecosystems.  This presentation will highlight new coral reef discoveries and protections, challenges corals facing in warming seas, and recent advances in coral restoration methods. 

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Joshua Voss is an Associate Research Professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute  and serves as Chair of the Harbor Branch Faculty Assembly. His primary areas of research interest include coral reef ecology, coral health and disease, molecular ecology, and marine conservation and management. Through Harbor Branch’s Robertson Coral Reef Program he works to discover, characterize, and protect coral reefs ecosystems. Voss is a certified technical rebreather diver who has completed >1500 scientific dives and led >40 scientific expeditions. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in FAU's biology and marine science programs. Voss was previously the director of NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology, and has served on several advisory committees and panels, including most recently for the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative. After completing his bachelors degree at Elon University in North Carolina, Voss earned his Ph.D. at Florida International University in Miami.