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National Aquarium Announces 2015 Spring Lecture Series


The National Aquarium announced the spring presentation of the 2015 Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, themed “Ocean Extremes: Wild Underwater Worlds” and welcoming special guests Dr. Doug Allan, Dr. Jesse H. Ausubel and Dr. Ellen Prager.

On March 19, Dr. Doug Allan will present the introductory lecture of the series, titled “Life Behind the Lens: Documenting Earth’s Wildest Places.” As one of the world’s most respected and experienced natural-history documentary cameramen, Dr. Allan offers a unique perspective on filming wildlife in a number of extreme environments, including arctic climates around the globe.

On April 28, the Aquarium will welcome Dr. Jesse H. Ausubel for a presentation titled “A Peek into our Past: A Century of Oceanic Changes.” Currently director of The Rockefeller University’s Program for the Human Environment, Dr. Ausubel has dedicated his career to the research and protection of the world’s oceans. He was a main organizer of the 1979 U.N. World Climate Conference and was a member of former President Bill Clinton’s Panel on Ocean Exploration. In the lecture, Dr. Ausubel will share his interesting take on the changes he has observed throughout his time in the field.

The last presentation of the spring series will take place on May 13 with Dr. Ellen Prager’s discussion, titled “Sex, Drugs and Sea Slime: Celebrating our Ocean’s Oddities.” Dr. Prager is a marine scientist and author, who has demonstrated her expertise on the national level through several television programs, including “The Today Show,” “NBC News,” “Good Morning America,” “Larry King” and Discovery Channel shows. The lecture will explore the endless number of bizarre and interesting creatures found in the world’s oceans.

All lectures take place at 7 pm at the National Aquarium, located at 501 E. Pratt Street. Light refreshments will be provided at 6:30 pm. The event is open to the public, and a suggested donation of $20 is appreciated to help the National Aquarium continue to offer quality programs and inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. For additional programming and ticketing information, please visit or by calling 410-576-3869. Space is limited.

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