Creative Conservation: Sharing New Perspectives on Nature
2016 Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series
The National Aquarium is proud to bring you a glimpse of habitats around the globe, each one with its own stunning landscapes and curious creatures, and each with a unique story to tell. In the 2016 Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, “Creative Conservation: Sharing New Perspectives on Nature,” we explore how words, photos and films shape the way we understand the diversity of life on our blue planet and the delicate balance that holds it all together.
Through a series of lectures, we offer the chance to meet experts championing the conservation of critical environments by sharing their narratives. Join us as we discover Earth’s wonders through the lens of environmental advocates, scientists, adventurers and above all, storytellers.
Author, “Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape”
Tuesday, September 27
What is an urban forest? Meet the ginkgo, the American elm and the notorious Callery pear. Learn about the exotic pests ravaging our trees. Marvel at the new science and technology quantifying the all-important role trees play in cooling and cleaning our air, and mitigating storm water. But above all, how trees promote community well-being and human health and happiness. Hear about Baltimore’s urban forest and our challenges.
Baltimore resident Jill Jonnes is the author of "Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape." The book is a wide-ranging history of the tree in American cities over the course of the past two centuries. The survey ranges from early sponsors for the Urban Tree Movement to the most recent generation of tree evangelists and the fascinating stories of particular species—including the cherry trees of Washington, D.C., the American chestnut and elm, and the diseases that almost destroyed them. As a result of her research and experiences writing this book, Jonnes founded the Baltimore Tree Trust. Jonnes was previously a staff member of the President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She is also the author of Eiffel’s Tower, Conquering Gotham, Empires of Light, and South Bronx Rising, and was named a Woodrow Wilson International Center scholar.
Following the lecture, Jonnes will be signing copies of her book, which will be available for purchase in the Aquarium’s gift shop.
Captain Philip Renaud
Executive Director, Living Oceans Foundation
Tuesday, October 18
Retired U.S. Navy Captain Philip G. Renaud is the executive director of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. Through his leadership over the past 12 years, the Foundation has developed it into a world-class scientific organization dedicated to marine conservation, particularly of coral reef ecosystems. Captain Renaud initiated the Foundation’s ambitious Global Reef Expedition program, a five-year circumnavigation of the globe to map and survey the world’s coral reefs in an effort to reverse their decline. Captain Renaud’s career in oceanography began at the Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in oceanography in 1979, and his distinguished 25-year career with the U.S. Navy took him to all corners of the earth. At the culmination of his naval career, Captain Renaud was the commanding officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office. He is an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, sailor and skier.
Photographer, National Geographic
Thursday, November 10
Jeff Mauritzen is a seasoned and popular photography expert, guiding and lecturing on natural history-focused trips for National Geographic Expeditions. His adventures have immersed him in vivid landscapes in all 7 continents and more than 60 countries around the world. Whether capturing 360-degree panoramas of wildlife along an African savanna or photographing sharks in the Pacific depths, Jeff’s work expresses an unwavering passion, respect, curiosity, and awe for the natural world. An avid traveler and explorer, Jeff has lived in Venezuela and Ireland, as well as at sea aboard seven different ships. His photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and has appeared in over a dozen National Geographic books, in a recent issue of National Geographic Traveller magazine and numerous publications including the New York Times, Ranger Rick Magazine, Lonely Planet and BBC Travel. When not on an assignment, Jeff can be found at home in Loudoun County, Virginia, with his wife, daughter and rescue greyhound.
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