The History of Diving Museum’s “Immerse Yourself” lecture series will welcome Florida Atlantic University’s Chelsea Bennice for a discussion on octopus biology and behavior. The presentation is set for Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the museum, located at MM 82.9, bayside, Islamorada. 

Bennice is a marine biologist and science communicator whose research interests include animal behavior and ecology — with an expertise in octopus biology. She is a research fellow at Florida Atlantic University’s Marine Lab and serves as a lead scientific diver and board member for the Scientific Diving and Boating Safety Committee. She is an advocate for bridging scientists and the community. 

Chelsea Bennice is a marine biologist at Florida Atlantic University. CONTRIBUTED

Bennice studies octopuses to advance basic and applied sciences. Octopuses are an important group in many marine food webs and serve as bioinspiration for soft robotics. She uses innovative science tools such as a 24-hour camera, the octopus monitoring gadget (OMG) and a floating lab to aid in answering research questions. 
Reserve a seat by calling the museum at 305-664-9737 or emailing the community outreach team at programs@divingmuseum.org. For those unable to attend in-person, visit the website for a virtual Zoom link at DivingMuseum.org. This session will also be recorded and posted to the HDM YouTube channel. The History of Diving Museum would like to thank this month’s “Immerse Yourself” sponsor: the Misso Family.