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Apr. Seminar: Story for Scientists

An MRC Lunch & Learn Seminar

April 4, 2023
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Learn about the science behind our draw to water—and see how to harness this neuro-conservation in our outreach efforts to motivate change—with Paola Espitia, Impact Media Producer & Strategist at Ola’pi Creative, at our April Lunch & Learn Seminar. See below for video from this event.

The presentation features

  • The science behind our draw to water
  • How to effectively communicate science to motivate the public

Meet the Presenter

Paola Espitia is making media that moves. For two decades, she has worked to understand and conserve coral reef ecosystems as a marine biologist. But when she realized she could make a bigger impact for the ocean through storytelling, she became a Speaker at Sea, cruising over 20,000 nautical miles aboard world-class cruise lines educating thousands of people about ocean conservation. Today, she is a Naturalist aboard National Geographic’s fleet of expedition ships.

Paola Espitia, Ola’pi CreativePaola also co-leads Ola’pi Creative, a media production studio based on Florida’s Space Coast. As a Media Impact Producer and Strategist, she has skillfully merged the fields of marketing and conservation to help organizations motivate meaningful action through the production of video content and engaging, bilingual communication campaigns. However, her biggest contribution towards a better, bluer future is raising an outdoor-loving son. Paola holds a M.Sc. from the Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and a B.Sc. from the University of Delaware.

MRC’s Lunch & Learn Webinar series is a long-standing and cherished social offered to the East Central Florida coast region, and is supported by volunteers and the community’s charitable giving. If interested and able, we ask participants to donate toward our guest speaker series. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information on the Marine Resources Council, please visit