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Alumna Ellen Prager to Present “Sex, Drugs and Sea Slime: the Ocean’s Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter”

10/19/2011 11:37 AM

BATON ROUGE – World-respected marine scientist and LSU alumna Ellen Prager will join the LSU School of the Coast & Environment for a lecture and book signing on her most recent publication, “Sex, Drugs and Sea Slime: the Ocean’s Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter.”

The event will be held in the Woods Auditorium of the Energy, Coast and Environment Building at LSU on Oct. 27, starting at 4 p.m. with an author’s meet and greet, followed by the lecture 5 p.m., with a book signing afterward.

Known for her marine science expertise and ability to bring science to the public, Prager’s work takes readers on a journey through the oceans with an entertaining look at marine biodiversity, its relevance to the average person and why ocean life and resources are now at risk.

In a review of her book, ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff said, “[Prager] brings us the strangely well-endowed conch, slime-touting hagfish, transgender parrotfish, and an abundance of slime and sex within the seas. By combining science with humor, she allows more people to learn about the ocean and understand that the lives of animals are not only crucial for our food and fun, but also for our economy and health.”

Prager’s ability to communicate the intricacies of marine science have earned her appearances in a wide variety of popular network media including “The Today Show” and “NBC News,” “Good Morning America,” “Fox News,” “CBS Early Show” and “CBS News,” “CNN American Morning,” Larry King and The Weather Channel. She was also featured in an ABC News special “Planet Earth,” Miami’s “NBC EcoWatch Coral Crisis” and has been in shows for the Discovery Channel.

Prager has served as chief scientist for the Aquarius Reef Base program in Key Largo, Fla., which includes the world’s only undersea research station. She has written articles for scientific journals and public-oriented magazines, as well as authored award-winning books – both non-fiction and fiction – for readers of all ages.  

Prager obtained a bachelor’s from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, a master’s degree from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and a Ph.D. from LSU. She was a member and then chairman of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel for the federal government and was hired by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy to help write their report to Congress and the president. She currently focuses her efforts on developing innovative ways to share her passion for the oceans and the environment with others.

LSU’s School of the Coast & Environment welcomes Prager “home” and is honored to host this entertaining and educational event for the capital area community.  Representatives from the LSU bookstore will be onsite selling Prager’s books, discounted exclusively for this special event.  

For more information on Prager and “Sex, Drugs and Sea Slime: the Ocean’s Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter,” visit

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