Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

November 2011 Speaker

Our November speaker will be Chad Truxall, Acting Managing Director of the Marine Discovery Center.

Mr. Truxall is a native Floridian and earned a B.S.A., Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a specialization in Aquatic Sciences, from the University of Florida in 1998. He has more than eleven years experience as a biologist and educator. Prior to joining the staff of the Marine Discovery Center, Chad taught environmental and marine science courses at New Smyrna Beach High School and coached the JV soccer team there. In his previous position as Director of Education at MDC, he developed and implemented a Marine Biology education program that serves over 4,000 students annually. He is also a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor, a Volusia County Marine Mammal Stranding Team Designee Responder and a Board Member for the Volusia/Flagler Surf Rider Foundation.

Mr. Truxall entitles his talk Plethora of Plankton. Using the Indian River Lagoon as a study point and with slides of microscopic organisms, he will lead us through the fascinating world of marine plankton – the drifters of the sea. His presentation will cover the role of plankton in the marine food chain and will address the concepts of food webs, energy transfer, buoyancy, density and salinity.

We have had Oceanography 101. This should be a great Oceanography 102.