Stop by and have ‘Coffee with a Scientist’ on January 14

January 3, 2020
By Marcy Shortuse

■ STAFF REPORT
The first “Coffee with a Scientist” series of 2020 hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota is planned for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Boca Grande Community Center.
Join Gretchen Lovewell and hear her presentation about “Red Tide’s Toll on Marine Animals: Stories from Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program.”
Lovewell is the manager of Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program.
She has been active in the stranding network since 1999, when she was a student at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Gretchen has been in a leadership role since 2003, first as North Carolina s state stranding coordinator for NOAA Fisheries and currently as the SIP Program Manager.
Since 1999, Gretchen has responded to over 40 different species of marine mammals and sea turtles and hundreds of stranding occurrences. In addition to her stranding work, Gretchen has participated in aerial and vessel surveys for marine mammals, is a Level 3 first responder for large whale disentanglement and has participated in multiple dolphin health assessments and rescues. This work has led to several collaborations on peer-reviewed scientific papers, presentations and reports.
After a brief discussion about her work, Lovewell will be available for a casual question and answer conversation. Coffee and pastries will be available during the discussion.
All are invited to this free public event that will be held at the Boca Grande Community Center Woman’s Club Room located at 131 First St. W. in Boca Grande. 
Seating is limited. Visit mote.org to reserve your seats.