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Naturally Speaking: NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries: Protecting and Preserving for 50 Years

Date(s) - February 17th
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm


The Virginia Living Museum’s Naturally Speaking Lecture Series returns for 2022 in a virtual and in-person fashion. Join us for our guest speaker at 6:30pm for a 30 minute talk. Following the lecture, we will allow time for questions and a wrap-up.

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Speaker: Mark Losavio | Media and Outreach Coordinator, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA

Presentation Summary: In 1972, the National Marine Sanctuary Act (NMSA) was passed in an effort to conserve marine areas of ecological, historical, and cultural significance. This network of sanctuaries has expanded over the last 50 years to preserve and protect over 600,000 square miles of vital aquatic environments. Join us for a conversation about the important roles national marine sanctuaries play in the ecosystem, the sanctuaries most relevant to Hampton Roads, and how they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Speaker Bio: Mark Losavio joined the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary team in the spring of 2021. As the Media and Outreach Coordinator, Mark works to share the science, stories, and relevance of the sanctuary with a national audience. Hailing from Kentucky, Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in marine biology from Northeastern University. Mark has been involved in diverse and sometimes unconventional communication experiences, which has evolved into a passion for communicating scientific topics to a broader audience. Mark is an avid diver and also a U.S. sailing instructor.

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