Maine Maritime Academy’s Corning School of Ocean Studies will sponsor a Fall 2011 Seminar Series. Lectures will be held at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Lecture Room, located in Leavitt Hall on the college’s main campus. Lectures are free and open to the public.

• “Finding Whales in a Changing Ocean,” a lecture by Dr. Andrew Pershing, University of Maine, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, will be held Monday, Sept. 19.

• “Big Things come in Small Packages: Lesson Learned from Corals in a Period of Rapid Climate Change,” a lecture by Dr. Jodi Schwartz, Vassar College, will be held Monday, Oct. 3.

• “The Regulation of Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate Symbioses: In Sickness and In Health,” a lecture by Dr. Virginia Weiss, Oregon State University, will be held Monday, Oct. 17.

• “Unassuming Engineers: the Effects of Injury and Nutrition on Sediment Disturbance by a Marine Polychaete, Clymenella Torquata,” a lecture by Beth Campbell, University of Maine, will be held Monday, Nov. 7.

• “Microbes in Coastal Systems: Why We Should Care About Those Always Overlooked, Often Misunderstood, Frequently Maligned, Yet Utterly Indispensable Members of Our Aquatic Habitats,” a lecture by Dr. Andrew Pershing, University of Maine, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, will be held Monday, Nov. 28.