Maritime archeologist, explorer and author Dr. James P. Delgado has led and participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His first two years with NOAA, where he serves as director of maritime heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, were spent exploring the sunken Titanic; and his other undersea expeditions include the Carpathia—the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors—and the notorious “ghost ship” Mary Celeste.
Dr. Delgado has surveyed the wreckage of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor; the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll; the 1846 wreck of the U.S. naval brig Somers, whose story inspired Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd”; and Sub Marine Explorer, the world’s oldest deep-diving submarine.
Dr. Delgado was the president and CEO of Texas A&M’s Institute of Nautical Archaeology for nearly five years, and was the executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum for 15 years. Before that, he led the U.S. government’s maritime preservation program and was the U.S. National Park Service’s maritime historian.
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About the lecture series:
National Marine Sanctuaries: Special Ocean Places and Their Champions
The National Aquarium is proud to partner with the National Marine Sanctuaries System
and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
to bring you a glimpse of both the wonder beneath the waves and a view of contemporary ocean issues in the 2014 Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, “National Marine Sanctuaries: Special Ocean Places and Their Champions.”
Our nation’s vast ocean riches are protected by a system of National Marine Sanctuaries, cherished by people around the country and safeguarded by a team of global ocean leaders.
Your National Marine Sanctuary System is a diverse network of the best places in our ocean environment, from humpback whale feeding and birthing grounds and shipwrecks of national interest, to coral reefs and kelp beds that represent the finest ocean and Great Lake areas.
Through a series of lectures, we offer the chance to meet ocean experts who work on the front line of ocean conservation and exploration. Our year-long lecture series brings to you the luminaries, scientists, explorers and artists who protect and use these special places to drive change toward a sustained ocean and a sustainable future.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a private, non-profit organization whose vision is to strengthen and expand the network of national marine sanctuaries for the benefit of current and future generations.