Lowell Lecture

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area: X marks the spot

Date & Time

May 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Driving Directions


2015 Expedition Team: Randi Rotjan, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Julie Cavin, DVM, Associate Veterinarian and Peter Gawne, Senior Aquarist, New England Aquarium

Presenting Organization

New England Aquarium



The Phoenix Islands Protected Area is the largest and deepest World Heritage Site on earth, and is located in the Central Pacific where the international dateline meets the equator (X marks the spot). The New England Aquarium has been involved with this special place since 2000, and a recent 2015 expedition conducted research on climate change and the current El Nino, the impacts of old shipwrecks on coral reefs, and the health of shark populations (among other things). Come hear a subset of expedition members tell their tale of time spent on the high seas, and their adventures (and findings) from one of the most remote reefs on the planet.