MLB lecture series

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.


Captain Philip Renaud

Executive Director, Living Oceans Foundation

Tuesday, October 18

Captain Philip RenaudRetired 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.


Jeff Mauritzen

Photographer, National Geographic

Thursday, November 10

Jeff MauritzenJeff 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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