Aquarium names president to replace departing Herring

Brian L. Davis
Brian L. Davis

NORWALK, Conn. – Brian L. Davis has been chosen the the Board of Trustees to head The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Davis joins The Maritime Aquarium from the Georgia Aquarium, where he is currently vice president of education and training and a member of the executive team reporting to the executive director, according to a press statement. In that capacity, he has been involved in the operations and strategy of one of the world’s largest aquariums.

He will join The Maritime Aquarium on Dec. 28, succeeding Jennifer Herring, who served as the Aquarium’s president for 10 years. She previously announced her plan to retire at the end of 2014.

Davis earned a doctorate of philosophy in secondary science education (teaching and learning) and a master’s of education degree in secondary science education from Georgia State University. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in environmental science from Rutgers University.

At Georgia Aquarium since 2003, Davis developed educational programs for students at all academic levels, aquarium guests and employees. Working with local universities, he incorporated training at informal educational institutions as part of teacher preparation. Davis was the eighth team member to join the Georgia Aquarium and was integral in the Aquarium’s design and the development of its guest experience at what was then the world’s largest aquarium.

A strong proponent of scientific literacy, he created aquarium programs connecting the importance of science and cultural enrichment to people’s daily lives.

In addition to the Georgia Aquarium, Davis was an educator at the New York Aquarium, program and education marketing coordinator at Zoo Atlanta, and a science teacher and administrator in the Georgia school system.

Davis said in the emailed statement that he is passionate about helping people understand what they can do, on a day-to-day basis, to help preserve the world’s aquatic ecosystems.

“What can we do to get aquarium visitors and students to experience the aquatic realm?” he said. “When they connect on a personal level, and understand the importance of our oceans to their lives, people will actively help preserve our aquatic biomes. The Maritime Aquarium sits on Long Island Sound, a conduit to the oceans of the world. I don’t think there’s a better place on the planet to tell this story.”


Originally from Roselle, N.J., Davis said he is looking forward to coming back to the Northeast. His love of the ocean was developed in summers at Wildwood and Wildwood Crest beaches with his family, he said. Youngest of four boys, he joked, “I had to fight my way into the ocean, and sometimes fight my way back out.” On a more serious note, he said, “My career has been a forum for me to explore the ocean.”

Davis will be the seventh president in the 26-year history of The Maritime Aquarium.

The Maritime Aquarium is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate visitors about – and to create stewards for – Long Island Sound. It accomplishes this by allowing visitors to get close to more than 250 species native to the Sound and its watershed, including sharks, seals, sea turtles, river otters, jellyfish and other animals.


One response to “Aquarium names president to replace departing Herring”

  1. Kevin Di Mauro

    This is terrific news. Combined with the new research vessel, The Maritime Aquarium hopefully will be embarked on a rode to prosperity.

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