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Underwater photographer to headline Science Day at Lake Worth March 16

Vincent Kneefel, an underwater photographer who after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 went on a journey to document ocean species and the threats they face, will speak at Science Day at the Lake Worth campus March 16.

Photo by Vincent Kneefel

The topic of his talk, “Giants of the Caribbean,” also is the title of a book he authored following his exploration. He will speak from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Room 129 in the Natural Science Building. The event is free and open to faculty, staff and students.

Kneefel’s presentation is among numerous events being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Natural Science building. Science Day is designed to stimulate and enhance students’ interest in STEM disciplines. Although it is on the Lake Worth campus, faculty, staff and students from all campuses are participating. It will include science experiments and table exhibits as well as presentations on neuroscience, gravitational waves, wellness and other topics.

In his research, Kneefel, a staunch supporter of a sustainable society and saving the oceans, describes how  over the last 10 years, he’s seen the oceans change. He says over the last 50 years, the amount of fish in the ocean has decreased by 70 percent and larger pelagic fish, including sharks, tuna and rays, have decreased by more than 90 percent.

For details about the Science Day activities, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/events/ScienceDay.

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