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Our Sarasota Environment: Dead Fish, Pandemics and Climate Change (OLLI_Online)

Course number : SI113   
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This course will include discussions about current environmental issues in our area, some of the science behind them and how we can take maximum advantage of what we have learned from the pandemic and its positive effects on our behaviors and the environment. Among the issues we will examine include: water pollution and some of the sources, harmful algal blooms such as red tide, bay or sea-level rise, increasing rainfall, intensifying storms, coastal erosion, droughts, heatwaves, and other climate change impacts. Each session will include a field trip to a nearby location to see what we have talked about in class. Highlights of each trip will be available on the course website. We will answer questions by email or during the next lecture and count on student involvement and interaction.

Tuesdays: 9 am-12 pm (Note: Actual class time 9-10:20 am; Extended time includes optional field trips.)

Note: Field trips dates, locations, and arrival times will be posted online at; click on Course Materials.  Trips will be limited to eight people; participants can sign up a week in advance. We will observe social distancing guidelines and masks are mandatory for any in-person involvement. Participants will be responsible for any admission fees which are usually discounted by our tour hosts. (Field trips are tentative and subject to change).

Students will need to have the following in order to participate in this class:

  • Laptop or Desktop Computer with both audio and video capabilities or external webcam and speaker

  • Access to Zoom Video platform

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Off Campus - Online

Jack Merriman 



Member Cost:


Registration Closes On
Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/29/2020 - 10/20/2020 Weekly - Tue 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM Off Campus, Off Campus - Online  Map Jack Merriman